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    Hundreds in London rallied for the release of kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. British Prime Minister Gordon Brown joined the marchers Sunday and was among 1,000 Britons who signed a New Year’s card for Shalit. The cards were sent through the Israeli Embassy in London and the British Zionist Federation. The International Red Cross promised… More ▸

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    Shaul Mofaz says he will take a break from politics after narrowly losing in the Kadima primaries. Mofaz, the current transportation minister, told supporters Thursday that he had decided not to appeal the outcome of Wednesday’s vote and will leave politics for now. He lost to Tzipi Livni by about 1 percentage point to succeed… More ▸

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    The next round of indirect peace talks between Israel and Syria were postponed. Israel requested the delay in the Turkish-mediated talks, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem told reporters in Damascus, Reuters reported. They were scheduled to begin Thursday. “When Israel is ready to resume the talks, we will be ready as well,” Moallem said. The… More ▸

  • Livni Wins Kadima Contest with Slim Margin of Victory

    With her victory in Wednesday’s Kadima Party primary by the slimmest of margins, Tzipi Livni’s next major task will be assembling a coalition government so she can become prime minister. Then all she’ll have on her plate is figuring out how to arrest the threat to Israel from Iran, resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with a… More ▸

  • Livni Wins Kadima Contest, Moves One Step Closer to Premier

    With her decisive win in the Kadima Party primary on Wednesday, Tzipi Livni’s next major task will be assembling a coalition government so she can become prime minister. Then all she’ll have on her plate is figuring out how to arrest the threat to Israel from Iran, resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with a historic peace… More ▸

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    Ehud Olmert and Mahmoud Abbas met to discuss core issues a day after Olmert expressed sorrow at the plight of Palestinian refugees. The Israeli prime minister and Palestinian Authority president met late Tuesday evening after the Ramadan fast in their effort to reach a peace deal before Olmert steps down following Kadima Party elections on… More ▸

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    Israel’s Cabinet debated a bill that would pay Jewish families living west of the security fence $305,000 each to leave voluntarily. The debate was not scheduled to come to a vote. Ehud Olmert, in what may be his last Cabinet meeting as prime minister, told lawmakers following the debate that “the notion of a Greater… More ▸

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    Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert criticized settler violence the day after a Jewish boy’s stabbing touched off anti-Palestinian riots. On Saturday morning a Palestinian entered the West Bank community of Yitzhar and entered two homes, setting fire to one, before stabbing a 9-year-old boy five times and fleeing back to nearby village of Asira al-Kabaliya…. More ▸

  • The Kadima Vote: How the Election Could Play out

    With the Kadima leadership primary just days away, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni looks like a sure winner. The latest opinion poll shows her 20 percentage points ahead of her closest rival in the contest that could produce Israel’s next prime minister. The Sept. 17 Kadima Party vote comes after Prime Minister Ehud Olmert announced he… More ▸

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    Israel’s prime minister welcomed more than 200 new immigrants from North America, telling them that they strengthen the country. Ehud Olmert spoke at a ceremony Monday for the last Nefesh B’Nefesh flight of the summer. “Our greatest advantage is the quality of our people,” Olmert said. “You came from a wonderful country but you have… More ▸