Israel warns Palestinians but leaves way open to salvage talks

Jodi Rudoren Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatened Sunday that Israel would take its own "unilateral steps" in response to the Palestinians' move last week to join international conventions and reiterated...

Israel cancels prisoner release over Palestinian UN step

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, right, with chief negotiator Saeb Erekat, signs an application to UN agencies.

Jonathan Ferziger Israel has cancelled the already postponed release of 26 Palestinian prisoners in the latest blow to faltering peace talks, saying the move was a response to renewed efforts by Palestinians to gain...

US may release convicted spy to keep Israel in faltering talks

Convicted spy: Jonathan Pollard in 1998.

Michael R. Gordon The United States and Israel are discussing the possible release of Jonathan Pollard, who is serving a life sentence for spying for Israel, as part of efforts to advance Middle East peace...

Israel says seized Gaza-bound rocket shipment from Iran

A picture from the Israel Defense Forces of a missile on the intercepted ship.

Dan Williams The Israeli navy seized a ship in the Red Sea carrying dozens of advanced Iranian-supplied rockets made in Syria that were intended for Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip, the military said.

Israel parliament passes controversial laws

Israel's parliament passed a trio of controversial laws, one of which will require a national referendum on almost any peace deal reached with the Palestinians and another that could for the first...

Israel-Gaza ceasefire threatened by escalating attacks

A relative of one of three Palestinian militants from the Islamic Jihad's armed wing who were killed in an Israeli airstrike in Gaza.

Jodi Rudoren Hostilities between Israel and the Gaza Strip continued, a day after the most intense cross-border exchange in more than a year left a 16-month-old ceasefire and the fragile Middle East peace talks...

Israel says it seized Gaza-bound rocket shipment from Iran

A rocket is seen on a ship seized by the Israeli navy in the Red Sea in this handout picture released by the Israel Defence Forces on March 5.

Dan Williams The Israeli navy said that it seized a ship in the Red Sea on Wednesday carrying dozens of advanced Iranian-supplied rockets made in Syria and intended for Palestinian guerrillas in the besieged Gaza...

Israel to take harder line on occupied territory: report

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gestures as he addresses the foreign media during a reception marking the new year in Jerusalem.

Jeffrey Heller Israel's prime minister has increased the amount of occupied territory he wants to keep after any peace deal with the Palestinians, Israeli radio reported on Thursday, a move that could complicate U.

Israel lashes out at Europe for 'one-sided stance' on settlements

Israeli anger: Avigdor Lieberman says Europe is

Isabel Kershner Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has summoned four ambassadors to complain about pro-Palestian bias.

Al-Qaeda plotted US embassy attack in Tel Aviv: Israel

A file photo of al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri. Israel said it had foiled an

Dan Williams Israel said it had arrested two Palestinians from East Jerusalem who were planning to carry out attacks for al-Qaeda, including on the US Embassy, with the help of foreign suicide bombers posing as...

John Kerry backing 'anti-Semitic' efforts, says Israel

Robert Tait The US Secretary of State was accused of supporting "anti Semitic" interests after warning that Israel faced an economic boycott if it failed to reach a peace agreement with the Palestinians.

Pro-Israel group holds less sway in Washington

Mark Landler The last time the nation's most potent pro-Israel lobbying group lost a major showdown with the White House was when President Ronald Reagan agreed to sell AWACS surveillance planes to Saudi Arabia...

Sharon doctor says former Israel PM's condition is worsening

Condition worsening ... Ariel Sharon as Israeli Prime Minister in 2005.

Jan. 3 (Bloomberg) -- Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon remains in a critical condition and the functioning of his organs is deteriorating, according to the chief of the hospital where he's...

African asylum seekers protest in Israel

Jack Guez More than 30,000 African asylum seekers have protested in Tel Aviv, in the biggest rally ever staged by migrants in the Jewish state.

Israel casts doubt on April target for Palestinian deal

Jeffrey Heller Israel's defence minister on Tuesday cast doubt on the chances of reaching a final accord with Palestinian negotiators by an April target.

Ex-Israel leader Ariel Sharon's condition worsens: hospital

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in 2005.

The condition of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, in a coma since 2006, has deteriorated sharply in recent hours and he is close to death, the hospital treating him said on Thursday.

Ariel Sharon hailed as tireless defender of Israel

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden gives a speech next to the coffin of late Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon

Israel on Monday buried former prime minister Ariel Sharon, one of its most skilled but controversial leaders who was hailed internationally for his tireless dedication to the Jewish state.

Avigdor Lieberman, ex-foreign minister of Israel, cleared of fraud charges

Former Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman

Avigdor Lieberman, the former Israeli foreign minister who is among the nation's most powerful and polarising politicians, was acquitted on Wednesday of corruption charges that have dogged him for...

Israel silent on Syria military base blast

Assad: 'We will be victorious' (Thumbnail)

Reports of an explosion at a Syrian military base late on Wednesday have prompted speculation of a new Israeli attack on Syria but Israeli officials would not confirm a report on CNN that their jets...

Ancient wine cellar in Israel kept the good stuff

Good drop ... George Washington alumnus Zach Dunseth carefully removes dirt from ancient wine jars while excavating the ruins of a recently discovered wine cellar in a Canaanite palace in Israel that dates back to approximately 1700 B.C..

Malcom Ritter Scientists have uncovered a 3700-year-old wine cellar in the ruins of a Canaanite palace in Israel, and chemical analysis shows this is where they kept the good stuff.