Benny Gantz, the chief political rival of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, had only hours left on Wednesday before a midnight deadline to form a government and to extricate Israel from a monthslong political logjam

What to Watch for in Israel, Where Gantz Is on Deadline to Form Government


WASHINGTON — The prospects for a Trump administration plan to strike a Middle East peace deal have been receding for months, thanks to a protracted political stalemate in Israel and the refusal by the Palestinians to engage with Washington

Trump’s Middle East Peace Plan Faces Dimmer Prospects Than Ever


Palestinians reacted with outrage on Tuesday to the Trump administration’s stance that Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank are legal, calling it the ultimate proof that the administration is irretrievably biased in favor of Israel and its prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu

U.S. Reversal on Settlements Shows Pro-Israel Bias, Palestinians Say


Four rockets were launched from Syria toward the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights at dawn on Tuesday, setting off air-raid sirens but causing no harm, according to the Israeli military

Israel Intercepts Four Rockets Launched From Syria


The Trump administration’s declaration Monday that Israeli settlements on the West Bank are “not inconsistent with international law” reversed American policy on the settlements and contradicted the view of most countries

Are West Bank Settlements Illegal? Who Decides?


WASHINGTON — The Trump administration declared on Monday that the United States does not consider Israeli settlements in the West Bank a violation of international law

Israel’s West Bank Settlements Do Not Violate International Law, U.S. Says


GAZA CITY — Residents say the airstrike came this week without warning: With fighting raging between Israel and Islamic Jihad militants throughout Gaza, two loud blasts destroyed a home in central Gaza, killing eight members of the family in a split second

Civilian Toll in Israel-Gaza Clashes Comes Under Scrutiny


JERUSALEM — Hamas, the militant group that runs the Gaza Strip, has been trying for over a year to keep a lid on its conflict with Israel, to improve the abysmal quality of life for the two million Palestinians under its control, and to keep millions of dollars in cash coming in each month from its generous allies in Qatar

As Islamic Jihad Bombards Israel, Hamas Has to Choose Sides


JERUSALEM — Gaza militants resumed their rocket fire into Israel early Wednesday and Israeli forces struck back against targets in the Palestinian coastal enclave in a simmering confrontation set off by Israel’s assassination of a senior Islamic Jihad commander on Tuesday

Exchanges of Fire Continue Across Israel-Gaza Border


JERUSALEM — In a surprise strike before dawn on Tuesday, Israeli forces killed a senior commander of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad militant group in the Gaza Strip, officials said, in a rare targeted killing that was likely to prompt a fierce response

Israel Kills Senior Islamic Jihad Commander in Gaza