Prime Ministers

  • On Foreign Policy, Obama and Bush Sounding Similar

    Not only is Barack Obama inheriting George W. Bush’s Middle East, it looks like he’s adopting his strategies. Perhaps the most striking presence on the Chicago stage Monday where President-elect Obama presented his national security team were the policies of the outgoing president. Speaking generally, Obama hewed to the “change” bromides of a campaign that… More ▸

  • Riots in Hebron Amid Eviction Rumors

    Riots erupted as hundreds of Jewish activists gathered in Hebron amid rumors that a disputed house would be evacuated. Hebron areas under Israeli control were declared a closed military zone, Israel Radio reported Tuesday afternoon. On Tuesday, at least 17 Jewish youths were injured. A 15-year-old was in serious condition with a skull fracture. The… More ▸

  • Mumbai Terrorists Targeted Jews, Israelis

    The only Mumbai terrorist caught alive told an Indian newspaper that he and his colleagues were sent to target Israelis. Azam Amir Kasab, a Pakistani, told Indian police that the terrorists targeted the Chabad outreach center, known as the Nariman House, because it was frequented by Israelis, The Times of India reported Sunday. Israelis were… More ▸

  • Olmert Praises Indian Government, Military

    Israel’s prime minister praised the Indian government and military for their response to the Mumbai terrorist attacks. Ehud Olmert said Sunday that he was briefed frequently by security and intelligence officials who were “in close touch with the Indian government.” “At no stage were the issues of whether or not Israel should join the operation,… More ▸

  • Israel to Release 250 Palestinians

    Israel will release 250 Palestinian prisoners, despite continued rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip. The Cabinet on Sunday approved by a vote of 13 to 5 Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s request to free the prisoners as a goodwill gesture to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in advance of an upcoming Muslim holiday. Olmert promised the… More ▸

  • Mazuz to Olmert: Indictment Likely

    Israel’s attorney general said he is considering charges against Ehud Olmert for allegedly using public funds to finance family vacations. Attorney General Menachem Mazuz on Wednesday informed the Israeli prime minister’s lawyer that he is mulling several counts in what is becoming known as the Rishon Tours double-billing scandal. Olmert is under investigation in six… More ▸

  • Olmert a Lame Duck Stretching for the Finish Line

    Lame duck or not, Ehud Olmert is determined to make it to the finish line. Four months after he announced his resignation and 2 1/2 months before elections are held to replace him, the Israeli prime minister insists he still expects to complete a peace agreement with the Palestinian Authority before he leaves office. “I… More ▸

  • Olmert: Agreement in the Cards

    Ehud Olmert said he still expects to complete a peace agreement with the Palestinians before he leaves office. “I believe it is possible, I believe it is timely, I believe a declaration is needed,” the Israeli prime minister said Tuesday in Washington, a day after he met with President Bush. “I am ready to make… More ▸

  • Olmert Recommits to Annapolis

    Ehud Olmert pledged to the Bush administration that he would pursue peace talks with the Palestinians until he leaves office. The Israeli prime minister met Monday morning with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley. “The prime minister emphasized that the Israeli government is committed to continue the Annapolis process… More ▸

  • News Brief

    Olmert to visit White House on Monday Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert will meet with President Bush at the White House on Monday. According to a White House statement, Olmert and Bush will discuss “the strong bilateral relationship between the United States and Israel,” as well as “continuing, mutual efforts to bring peace to the… More ▸