July 10, 2012 Israel's razing of homes in the West Bank and east Jerusalem left 1,100 Palestinians homeless last year. Israelis say the homes were built without the proper permits. Palestinians say their applications are almost always rejected because Israel wants them to leave these areas.
July 9, 2012 The Israeli government may extend mandatory conscription to include the previously exempt ultra-Orthodox Jews and Arab citizens of Israel. But Arab Israelis, who say they are treated as second-class citizens, are furious about the proposed change, which many say is a loyalty test.
July 4, 2012 Since 2005, medical marijuana use in Israel has grown from a few hundred government-licensed users to more than 10,000. The demand for cannabis, prescribed to treat ailments such as cancer and chronic pain, has created a smoking new market. But the new venture is not without its critics.
June 4, 2012 Israel's government is backing a public-relations campaign styling the country as a haven for the gay community. Israel offers many legal protections to gays in a region that is typically hostile to them. But activists say the progress came in spite of — not because of — the government
May 18, 2012 For decades, the Palestinians have urged foreign Muslims to boycott one of the holiest sites in Islam, the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem. But now, Palestinian religious figures are encouraging such visits, saying they could highlight Palestinian claims in their feud with Israel.
May 17, 2012 Palestinian prisoners ended a mass hunger strike aimed at improving conditions in Israeli prisons after reaching a deal with Israeli authorities this week. The success has some Palestinians calling for a greater emphasis on nonviolence in their opposition to Israeli policies.
May 7, 2012 Israel's prime minister has called for parliamentary elections more than a year ahead of Israel's next scheduled vote. Netanyahu and his Likud party are running strong in the polls, but issues such as Iran, the Israeli economy and the role of the ultra-Orthodox will factor into the campaign.
April 23, 2012 Israel's highest court has ruled that Ulpana, a Jewish settlement outpost in the West Bank, was built on Palestinian land and should be torn down. But Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government is now looking for a way to keep it in place. The issue could threaten the survival of Netanyahu's government.
April 12, 2012 As hopes for an agreement between Israel and the Palestinians diminish, a "one-state solution" is among the ideas being discussed. In its broadest definition, it would mean absorbing the West Bank and perhaps even the Gaza Strip and all of its Palestinian population into a greater Israel. But it's an idea many Israelis view with dismay.