Young Haredim men, who are strictly observant Jews, have long been exempted from Israel's compulsory military service. A disagreement over stopped Netanyahu from forming a government.
About the only thing the Trump administration’s peace plan has going for it is the fact that no one expects it to work. And the plan's likely failure could trigger more Israeli-Palestinian violence.
They wanted to oust Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu in Tuesday's election, but the failure of three centrist generals to talk about key issues may have made Netanyahu the apparent winner.
The longtime prime minister has reshaped Israel in profound ways. The military is stronger but Palestinian suffering has grown.
Rather than transform Israel into an undemocratic 'apartheid' state, the new nation-state law is more likely to ensure that Israel can't be transformed into a liberal democracy or binational state.
A decades-long policy of ambiguity means that Israel's chemical arsenal remains the subject of speculation.
Hugely divisive and controversial at home, Avigdor Lieberman is both an outspoken hawk and a political opportunist.
A day after agreeing a deal on resettling African asylum seekers with the UNHCR rather than forcibly deporting them, Israel announced the deal was off.
The Trump administration may believe they have the key to an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement – when others have failed. But it ignores how Israelis and Palestinians feel about such an agreement.
The events of summer 2011 proved that Israel incubates the same sort of socio-economic discontent that upended the wider Middle East.
Wondering why Jerusalem matters so much? A 25-year veteran of the Israeli Foreign Service explains what you need to know.
What caused the latest crisis at the world's most explosive piece of real estate, and could it happen again?
One of Israel's most controversial leaders, Benjamin Netanyahu is making the most of a chance to fly under the radar.