It was hardly surprising that by late last week, President Barack Obama, of the United States, appeared to be playing down the so-called "worst crisis since 1975" in relations between his country and Israel.
Israeli lawmakers voted to dissolve parliament early on Thursday, paving the way for a new election after veteran Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to form a coalition government before a...
The death toll from Israel's worst fire ever reached 41 on Friday as firefighting crews and equipment from around the world began arriving to help the nation battle the devastating blaze.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced he will seek an early Israeli election, a ballot that political commentators said would likely take place in January or February.
A New Zealander was on board a Gaza-bound aid flotilla stormed by Israeli troops, Foreign Minister Murray McCully says.
The women tattooed his name and portrait on their bodies and gave their children his name - Saviour.
Israeli tank fire wounded 11 people, including at least six militants, in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday following an attack on an Israeli patrol, the military and Palestinian officials said. One of the wounded later died in a hospital.
Israel has killed three Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip, a day after two men identified as the most senior al Qaeda affiliates in the enclave died in an Israeli air strike as they rode a motorcycle.
New Zealand, Venezuela, Malaysia and Senegal have issued an ultimatum to Egypt over a draft UN Security Council resolution demanding an end to Israeli settlements.
An Israeli man who kept a cult-like harem of women and fathered dozens of children with them has been charged in a Tel Aviv court with enslavement, rape, incest and other sexual offences.
Israel's prime minister says his country will react "aggressively, responsibly and wisely" to a recent wave of Palestinian violence.
Israel has fired a guided missile into Syria in a potent "warning shot" after mortar fire from fighting between Syrian troops and rebels hit the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights for the second time in four days.
Israel summoned the ambassadors of 10 nations, including NZ, to Jerusalem to reprimand them over a UN Security Council resolution on settlement-building.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has accused Israel of undermining US credibility as a Mideast peacemaker on the eve of critical talks between President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Palestinian militants in Gaza have fired a new wave of rockets that landed deep inside Israel, defying Israeli retaliatory attacks and threats.
Israel's army has fired tank shells into Syria and scored "direct hits" in response to a Syrian mortar shell that struck the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, the Israeli military said in a statement.
Israel's military said it believes Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces still possess several tonnes of chemical weapons, issuing the assessment two weeks after a chemical attack that killed nearly 90 people in Syria.
Challenging Israel anew, the Obama administration has demanded more information about a new plan to expand Jewish housing in east Jerusalem, which Palestinians claim as a future capital.
Israel's attorney-general has announced that he plans to indict the foreign minister on corruption charges but will allow him a standard final hearing before a charge sheet is issued.