Prime Ministers

  • Israeli Politicos Slam Olmert on Syria

    Israeli politicians criticized Ehud Olmert for his reported plans to renew talks with Syria. On Friday, an unnamed official from the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office told Ha’aretz that Olmert would contact Turkish officials next week to discuss renewing the Turkish-mediated Israel-Syria talks. Ha’aretz also reported that Olmert raised the renewal of the talks in a… More ▸

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    The Simon Wiesenthal Center can build its long-planned Center for Human Dignity-Museum of Tolerance in Jerusalem. On Wednesday, the Israeli Supreme Court gave its approval eight years after the initial announcement that famed architect Frank Gehry would design the landmark museum and four years after a groundbreaking ceremony attended by Israeli and California dignitaries was… More ▸

  • It’s Time for Israel to Pursue Arab Peace Initiative

    In the first visit to Egypt by an Israeli president in 12 years, Shimon Peres last week endorsed the Arab peace initiative and declared, “Peace has never been more possible. It would be a mistake to miss out on this opportunity.” His statement comes 6 1/2 years after the leaders of 22 Arab countries met… More ▸

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    Israel’s elections were set for Feb. 10. Knesset Speaker Dalia Itzik announced Thursday that most of Israel’s political parties agreed on the date. Israel’s next general election was supposed to be in 2010, but Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s resignation announcement in July set in a motion a chain of events leading to early elections, which… More ▸

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    European Jewish Congress leaders expressed their concerns over Iran’s nuclear program in a meeting with top Turkish officials. The EJC delegation, headed by President Moshe Kantor, and Turkish Jewish community leaders met Monday and Tuesday with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President Abdullah Gul and Foreign Minister Ali Babacan. Among the topics of discussion were… More ▸

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    Australia pledged $6 million in aid to the Palestinians. Foreign Minister Stephen Smith, on a one-day visit to the region Tuesday, told Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Malki in Ramallah that the funds were the final installment of the $28 million pledged by Australia at the donors’ conference in Paris last December. Smith also visited… More ▸

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    An indictment in a fraud case could be filed against Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert within days, according to police sources. Haaretz reported Monday that police sources made their claim based on depositions taken in the United States over the last few days in a double-billing case in which Olmert is accused of billing several… More ▸

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    Israel will hold new general elections, President Shimon Peres confirmed. Peres made his announcement at the opening of the Knesset winter session Monday afternoon, saying there was no chance of forming a new government coalition. He made the decision after meeting Monday morning with the heads of the party factions, most of whom supported early… More ▸

  • Livni’s Failure to Build Coalition Could Help or Hurt in New Elections

    With Israel now headed for new general elections probably some time early next year, supporters and opponents of Tzipi Livni are putting a very different gloss on her failure to form a governing coalition. Opponents say Livni’s inability shows she is not yet seasoned enough to lead. Supporters counter that the reasons for her failure… More ▸

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    Tzipi Livni called for new general elections in Israel, saying she failed to form a coalition government. Livni, the foreign minister and prime minister-designate, won the Kadima Party primary in September following Ehud Olmert’s resignation. But she was unable to assemble a governing majority and on Sunday said she would not ask Israel’s president, Shimon… More ▸