Prime Ministers

  • Bush Pressing for Cease-fire

    The Bush administration is in consultations with leaders in the Middle East to bring about a cease-fire in the Gaza Strip. Gordon Johndroe, Bush’s spokesman, once again emphasized that the United States blames Hamas for the fighting, when he announced efforts by President Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to bring about an end… More ▸

  • Specter Carries Message from Israel to Syria

    U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter carried a message from Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to Syrian President Bashar Assad. Specter (R-Pa.) met Sunday with Olmert in Israel, where he said he “got a review of the Syrian negotiations” from the Israeli prime minister, the Jerusalem Post reported. He left Israel Monday, and refused to discuss the… More ▸

  • German-jewish Leaders Criticize Politicians

    Jewish leaders criticized German politicians for condemning Israel’s Gaza operation, while the country’s chancellor called for a political solution. German politicians failed to respond to months of Hamas rocket attacks, but jumped at the chance to condemn Israel’s response, Stephan Kramer, secretary general of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, said in a statement… More ▸

  • Israel Seeks to Change the Rules of the Game

    Israel’s retaliation against persistent Hamas mortar and rocket attacks on civilians in southern Israel was far more ferocious than anyone, including Hamas, expected. The first three days of intensive Israel Air Force bombing in Gaza reduced hundreds of Hamas government buildings, military compounds, laboratories, metal workshops and supply tunnels to rubble and left more than… More ▸

  • Is Gaza Conflict a Crisis or an Opportunity for Obama?

    Does the mini-war underway between Israel and Hamas in and around the Gaza Strip present President-elect Barack Obama’s incoming administration with a crisis or an opportunity? Israel’s aerial bombardment, the most intensive in the Gaza Strip in the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, has killed at least 320 people, most of them militants belonging to… More ▸

  • Olmert to Israelis: Unite Around Gaza Operation

    No country should have to live under constant threat of missile barrages, Ehud Olmert said in an address to Israelis. In his speech Saturday night, Israel’s prime minister, flanked by Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and Defense Minister Ehud Barak, asked the Israeli public to unite around the IDF operation that began in Gaza earlier in… More ▸

  • Attack in Gaza Signals Escalation of Conflict

    - Israel’s launching of a major operation in Gaza marked a new stage in its conflict with Hamas, the terrorist group in control of the Gaza Strip. Israel’s operation, dubbed Cast Lead, was launched Saturday after several days of intense Palestinian rocket fire on Israeli towns following the expiration of the informal six-month truce between… More ▸