Prime Ministers

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    Israeli injured by Kassam shrapnel in Sderot An Israeli was injured by shrapnel after a Kassam rocket launched from Gaza landed in the courtyard of a Sderot home. The operation in Gaza City was in response to two Kassam rockets that fell near a kibbutz in southern Israel. Hamas over the weekend also fired some… More ▸

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    Olmert gives final G.A. address as PM Peace with Israel’s neighbors is “within reach,” Ehud Olmert said in what was most likely his final official speech before a major North American audience. Olmert, speaking Sunday night at the opening plenary of the United Jewish Communities’ General Assembly in Jerusalem, said he will continue to push… More ▸

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    Olmert: Israel should cede eastern Jerusalem Israel should cede parts of eastern Jerusalem and retreat to near its pre-1967 borders, Ehud Olmert said. By returning to its pre-1967 borders, Olmert said, Israel will be able to “cultivate a new Zionism that is practical, realistic, responsible and courageous.” But, he added, “If, God forbid, we procrastinate,… More ▸

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    Lau to head Yad Vashem Council A former chief rabbi of Israel has been appointed the chairman of the Yad Vashem Council. Lau, the scion of a well-known rabbinic family, was incarcerated in the Piotrkow ghetto. He and his mother escaped deportation to Treblinka, where most of his family was killed. In November 1944, Lau… More ▸

  • Lau to Head Yad Vashem Council

    A former chief rabbi of Israel has been appointed the chairman of the Yad Vashem Council. Rabbi Israel Meir Lau’s appointment was approved Sunday by Israel’s Cabinet. He succeeds the late Joseph “Tommy” Lapid. Lau, the scion of a well-known rabbinic family, was incarcerated in the Piotrkow ghetto. He and his mother escaped deportation to… More ▸

  • How Will Obama’s Election Affect Israel?

    Barack Obama’s election as America’s first black president has left Israeli decision makers deeply impressed, somewhat envious of the workings of American democracy and, in some corners, worried about possible new U.S. policy directions. With Israel in the throes of its own election campaign, pundits also are asking how America’s choice of Obama could affect… More ▸

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    Rice: Israeli elections main peace obstacle Upcoming elections in Israel are the main obstacle to making progress toward peace with the Palestinians, Condoleezza Rice said. “It is our expectation that the Annapolis process has laid groundwork which should make possible the establishment of a Palestinian state when the political circumstances permit,” Rice said. “I think… More ▸

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    Olmert likely making last call on Bush Ehud Olmert will visit Washington to shore up agreements on the peace process and military cooperation. Items likely to be on the meeting’s agenda, according to the Israeli daily Ha’aretz, include Israel’s peace processes with the Palestinians and Syria; Iran; future military aid and cooperation; and the cancellation… More ▸

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    Peres hails Obama victory Shimon Peres praised the election of Barack Obama as an opportunity to end the “world crisis” and as an “end of racism.” “It was an American election and a worldwide choice,” the Israeli president said in a statement praising the Democrat for winning the presidency Tuesday. “I don’t recall any other… More ▸

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    Israeli politicos slam Olmert on Syria Israeli politicians criticized Ehud Olmert for his reported plans to renew talks with Syria. Ha’aretz also reported that Olmert raised the renewal of the talks in a meeting he had Tuesday with Danish Foreign Minister Per Stig Moeller, who also met with Syrian President Bashar Assad during a regional… More ▸