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  • Vacation in Eilat Turns to Tragedy

    Police investigating a bus accident that killed 24 Russian tourists traveling to Eilat reportedly will look at driver error and mechanical failure as the likely causes. The bus plunged down a 45-foot embankment Tuesday afternoon to the bottom of a riverbank north of Eilat after flipping over several times. Some 33 people were injured, many… More ▸

  • Brown: Israel Should Help Palestinian Economy

    Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert met in London with his British counterpart to discuss the prospects for peace with the Palestinians. Gordon Brown, who opened a trade and investment conference Monday with the Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, called on Israel to help the Palestinian economy. Following Tuesday’s breakfast meeting, Brown invited Olmert to… More ▸

  • Israeli Leaders Meet to Discuss Attacks

    Israel’s prime minister, foreign minister and defense minister met to discuss the cease-fire with Hamas and an Israeli response to rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip. Wednesday’s meeting with Ehud Olmert, Tzipi Livni and Ehud Barak, as well as security establishment heads, was called by Livni, who on Tuesday told a Tel Aviv University conference… More ▸

  • Olmert Sets Visit to London

    Israel’s Prime Minister Ehud Olmert will visit London at the invitation of his British counterpart, Gordon Brown. Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad also will be in the British capital next week for an investment conference, which is scheduled to be opened by Brown. The British prime minister has been a longtime supporter of what… More ▸

  • Most U.S. Groups Denounce Jewish Violence in Hebron

    Until late last week, the rising threat of violence by Jewish settlers in Israel was greeted with silence by American Jewish groups. But the outbreak of violence Dec. 3 at Beit Hashalom, a disputed property occupied by Jews in the heavily Palestinian city of Hebron, prompted a flurry of statements, the bulk of them condemning… More ▸

  • Unchecked Settler Violence Prompts Fears of Intifada

    Concerned by settler violence against Palestinians and Israeli soldiers, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has ordered Israeli security forces to apply a zero-tolerance policy toward extremist settlers. Olmert and the country’s top security officials fear that unchecked settler violence could spark a new Palestinian intifada, enrage the Muslim world and compromise Israel’s international standing. They are… More ▸

  • Deputy Secretary of State Heading to Israel

    The U.S. deputy secretary of state will travel to Israel this week. John Negroponte will be in Israel Monday through Wednesday to meet with senior Israeli officials “to discuss the range of bilateral and regional issues that encompass our close relationship with Israel,” a State Department statement said. President Bush has said in recent months… More ▸

  • Israeli Police Stop Gaza-bound Ship

    Police prevented a boat from leaving an Israeli port and sailing to the Gaza Strip. The boat, set to be filled with 100 protesters — including all of the Israeli-Arab members of Knesset — as well as humanitarian aid and presents for an upcoming Muslim holiday, was scheduled to leave Jaffa port and attempt to… More ▸

  • Olmert ‘ashamed’ by ‘pogrom’ in Hebron

    Prime Minister Ehud Olmert called the violence in Hebron following the evacuation of a disputed house a “pogrom.” “Immediately after the evacuation, there were actions that cannot be described except as attempted pogroms by Jews from the Hebron area and other areas against Palestinian residents in Judea and Samaria,” Olmert said at the beginning of… More ▸

  • One Case Against Olmert Closed

    One of the cases against Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has been closed due to a lack of evidence. State Prosecutor Moshe Lador closed the case on the Bank Leumi affair Thursday, saying he could not prove that Olmert acted in a conflict of interest. While serving as acting finance minister in 2005, Olmert was… More ▸