A spate of right-wing legislation is picking up supporters in the Israeli public, frustrated with uncertainty and their international isolation.
A spate of recently-passed bills in the Israeli Knesset are seen by sponsors as necessary for the state's security, but critics say they infringe on civil rights.
Residents in the volatile neighborhood of Silwan say more than 100 youths have been arrested in the past month – often taken from their homes at 3 or 4 a.m.
After a landmark court ruling, Israel's army today allowed Palestinians access to Road 443 for the first time in eight years. But they are still barred from using the road to get to Ramallah and Jerusalem – a 'farce' of the ruling, said one activist.
A parliamentary investigation could lead to the dismantling of some rights groups accused of undermining the legitimacy of Israel's government by documenting alleged misconduct by Israeli forces during last year's Gaza war.
With low expectations surrounding US Mideast envoy George Mitchell's visit with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas on Friday, some warn a new intifada could break out if progress isn't made soon.
Last week's high court decision will force Israel's army to remove roadblocks that have sealed off about 55,000 Palestinian villagers along a stretch of Highway 443 linking Jerusalem to Tel Aviv. Rights groups call it a precedent-setting blow to a policy that some liken to South Africa's apartheid system.
Israel high court overturned a ban on Palestinian use of a highway that cuts through the West Bank ahead of a visit by US Middle East Envoy George Mitchell next week.
Amid Netanyahu's Washington visit, human rights groups say the city's new mayor has presided over an increase in initiatives that could thwart Palestinian statehood.