Prime Ministers

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    Israel’s state comptroller criticized Ehud Olmert’s involvement in a tourism project. Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss’ report released Wednesday said the prime minister, while serving as industry, trade and labor minister, inappropriately pressured the state’s investment center to approve aid to the Aquaria recreation park, north of Eilat. The project was approved in August 2007, and the… More ▸

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    Condoleezza Rice praised Israeli and Palestinian peace negotiations as “serious” and “intensive,” and condemned Israeli settlement activity. The U.S. Secretary of State made the comments to reporters following a meeting Tuesday morning with Israel’s Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni. She met earlier for breakfast with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. She later met with Palestinian Authority President… More ▸

  • Newly Emboldened Russia Worries Israel on Arms Sales

    When Prime Minister Ehud Olmert goes to Moscow next month, his first order of business will be to make sure the Russians don’t sell sophisticated new weaponry to Syria that could alter the military status quo in the Middle East. Last week, Syrian President Bashar Assad visited Russia to make a pitch for the arms,… More ▸

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    Israel’s Cabinet narrowly passed the 2009 state budget after 16 hours of deliberations. Thirteen ministers voted in favor of the budget and 12 against, with Deputy Prime Minister Haim Ramon abstaining, late Sunday. The votes in favor came from 11 members of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s Kadima Party and the two remaining members of the… More ▸

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    The leader of Hezbollah said the next war with Israel will end in a “clear and decisive victory for Hezbollah.” Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah said in a speech Sunday broadcast by the terrorist organization’s Al-Manar television station that “The Israeli enemy’s army will witness things it has never seen since the plundering entity was established from… More ▸

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    Bashar Assad is in Moscow, where he is seeking to purchase arms. The Syrian president also said he is planning to offer to host Russian anti-aircraft missiles on Syrian territory, according to Russian media reports Thursday. The prospect of Russian missiles on Syrian soil is being seen as an apparent response to a deal signed… More ▸

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    A change to the route of Israel’s security fence will leave nearly 1,000 more acres on the Palestinian side. The route in an area near Jerusalem will be moved to the west, the state prosecutor told Israel’s Supreme Court on Thursday. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Defense Minister Ehud Barak made the decision after… More ▸

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    Israel would attack Lebanon without restraint if a Hezbollah-dominated Lebanon struck Israel, Ehud Olmert said. In a visit Tuesday to Israel’s Home Front Command, the Israeli prime minister warned that the next war with Lebanon would involve attacks on Israeli cities. Speaking of the 2006 war with Hezbollah, Olmert said that Israel “did not use… More ▸

  • Political Transitions in Israel, U.S. Leave Iran Question Unanswered

    With Israel and the United States both entering periods of political transition, the differences between the two countries over how to deal with the Iran problem appear to be deepening. Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak recently asked former Israel Air Force commander Eliezer Shkedi to draw up a realistic strike option against Iran’s nuclear facilities…. More ▸

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    Israel’s Cabinet approved the release of 200 jailed Palestinians as a gesture to Mahmoud Abbas. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and his Cabinet colleagues voted Sunday in favor of Israel’s latest amnesty for prisoners linked to Fatah, the Palestinian Authority president’s Western-backed faction. The 200 Palestinians, who are expected to go free on Aug. 25 ahead… More ▸