Ceremony will end political deadlock that has dragged on for more than 500 daysIsrael’s new unity government is due to be sworn in on Thursday evening, following a deal made by rivals Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz to end a political deadlock that has dragged on for more than 500 days

Israel to swear in Netanyahu-Gantz unity government


US secretary of state to discuss Israeli plans to annex swathes of the Palestinian territoriesThe US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, is due to visit Israel amid the coronavirus pandemic on Wednesday to discuss US-backed plans to annex large parts of the Palestinian territories

Mike Pompeo to break travel hiatus for hours-long visit to Israel


Ron Deibert’s research unit has helped expose how NSO Group allegedly facilitated the hacking of activists’ phonesA 55-year-old political science professor based in Toronto might seem like an unlikely adversary for one of the world’s most controversial cyber-defence companies

‘Cat and mouse game’: how Citizen Lab shone a spotlight on Israeli spyware firm


State forbids preaching to under-18s without parents’ permissionThe Israeli government is threatening to take off air a Christian television channel that launched in the country to preach to Jews, warning that it will be barred if it breaks strict rules around proselytising

Israelthreatens to pull evangelical Christian TV station aimed at Jews


International Criminal Court rejects Australia’s argument it has no jurisdiction because Palestine is ‘not a state’The Australian government has told the International Criminal Court it should not investigate alleged war crimes in Palestine because Palestine is “not a state”, arguing the court prosecutor’s investigation into alleged attacks on civilians, torture, attacks on hospitals, and the use of human shields, should be halted on jurisdictional grounds

Australian government tells ICC it should not investigate alleged war crimes in Palestine


Rivals will alternate as prime minister with government to be sworn in on 13 MayIsrael’s supreme court has approved the coalition agreement between the prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and Benny Gantz, paving the way for a unity government to be sworn in next week

Israel: Netanyahu and Gantz get supreme court nod for coalition


Scientists welcome ‘initial step’ towards developing antibody to treat or prevent coronavirusCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSeparate studies in Israel and the Netherlands claim to have created antibodies that can block the coronavirus infection, a potential future treatment touted as a game-changer until a vaccine becomes available

Israel and Netherlands studies claim progress in Covid-19 antibody trials


Judges agree to live-stream hearing to allow public scrutiny during coronavirus pandemicBenjamin Netanyahu could be barred from forming a government after Israel’s high court began assessing petitions that seek to obstruct the prime minister because he is under criminal indictment

Top Israeli court hears challenge to Netanyahu forming government


PM urged to impose sanctions if Netanyahu carries out threat to annex parts of West BankNearly 130 parliamentarians, including former Conservative cabinet ministers, have written to Boris Johnson urging him to impose economic sanctions against Israel if Benjamin Netanyahu’s new coalition government goes ahead with its threat to annex parts of the West Bank

MPs press for sanctions against Israel over West Bank annexations


Israel’s foreign ministry reminds Egypt of peace deal after sci-fi drama El-Nehaya airsAn Egyptian science fiction drama that predicts Israel’s destruction has provoked an angry reaction from the Jewish state, including from the country’s foreign ministry, which reminded its neighbour of a decades-old peace deal

Egyptian TV show about Israel’s destruction opens real world rift