The United States has sent a top official to Israel amid an effort to revive talks on a Middle East zone free of nuclear weapons, a central issue of a landmark treaty review conference that some fear will end Friday without progress on global disarmament.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday cancelled a plan that would have banned Palestinian labourers from riding on the same buses with Jewish settlers in the West Bank, just hours after it was announced -- an embarrassing about-face that reflected the tensions enveloping Israel's new government.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu completed the formation of a new coalition late Wednesday, putting him at the helm of a hard-line government that appears to be set on a collision course with the U.S. and other key allies.
Israel's ceremonial president said Monday that an outbreak of violent protests by Ethiopian Jews has 'exposed an open, bleeding wound in the heart of Israeli society' and that the country must respond to their grievances.
Several thousand people from Israel's Jewish Ethiopian minority protested in Tel Aviv against racism and police brutality on Sunday, shutting down a major highway and clashing with police on horseback long into the night.
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said Sunday that the new Israeli government will have to serve "all the citizens of Israel," and called for the country to begin a "healing process" after a stormy election campaign that highlighted deep internal divisions.