Prime Ministers

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    Israel will transfer ownership of land in Jerusalem’s Russian Compound to the Russian government. The Cabinet on Sunday approved the transfer in ownership of Sergei’s Courtyard to Russia after four years of negotiations over the land, which is claimed by the Russian Orthodox Church. The Courtyard, which makes up about 10 percent of the Russian… More ▸

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    Israel will have to leave the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem, and compensate Palestinians for settlement blocs in a peace deal, Ehud Olmert said. “In the end of the day, we will have to withdraw from the most decisive areas of the territories. In exchange for the same territories left in our hands, we will… More ▸

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    The pipe bomb attack on a professor critical of the settler movement is a threat to democracy, Ehud Olmert said. “An evil wind of extremism, of hatred, of malice, of violence, of running amok, of breaking the law, of contempt for the institutions of the state is blowing through certain sections of the Israeli public… More ▸

  • 5768: Worries on Iran, New Peace Overtures, Olmert’s Fall

    In Israel, 5768 was the year of multiple peace overtures, a growing sense of urgency regarding Iran’s nuclear program and an embattled prime minister’s losing fight to stay in office. Israel and the de facto leadership of the Palestinian Authority launched renewed negotiations after a U.S.-hosted peace conference last November in Annapolis, Md. Israel and… More ▸

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    The Palestinians’ chief peace negotiator warned that violence could erupt if talks fail. In a message to Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, Israel’s chief negotiator and the newly elected leader of the ruling Kadima Party, Ahmed Qureia called the violence such as suicide bombing attacks “legitimate.” The message came Tuesday shortly after what was billed as… More ▸

  • Will Livni Get Her Coalition, or Will Israel Go to Elections?

    With her primary victory in hand, prime minister-designate Tzipi Livni now has six weeks to form a government and stave off new elections. Theoretically, if she cannot form a government, President Shimon Peres could give someone else a chance before calling an election. But there is no other viable candidate. The Likud Party’s Benjamin Netanyahu… More ▸

  • Israel’s U.S. Envoy: Peace Talks with Lebanon Possible Next Year

    Comprehensive peace has never been closer for Israel, and within a year Israel could be holding peace talks with Lebanon, Israel’s U.S. ambassador told JTA. Sallai Meridor noted that talks with the Palestinians are continuing despite the political upheaval in Israel, and said a third track could be in place within a year. “I don’t… More ▸

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    Thousands of demonstrators gathered across the street from the United Nations to protest Iran’s president. At the Jewish-sponsored rally, timed to coincide with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s visit to New York for the opening of the U.N. General Assembly, Nobel Peace Laureate Elie Wiesel said Ahmadinejad should be tried at a U.N. tribunal for inciting… More ▸

  • Olmert Resigns with Signature Policy Initiatives Unfinished

    A day after Ehud Olmert formally submitted his resignation as prime minister, Israeli President Shimon Peres officially tapped his Kadima Party successor, Tzipi Livni, to form a new government. Livni now has 42 days to put together a coalition government. Though Olmert still heads the interim government until Livni is sworn in, Sunday’s resignation effectively… More ▸

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    Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert submitted his letter of resignation to President Shimon Peres. Olmert visited the president’s official residence in Jerusalem Sunday evening to deliver the letter. “This is not an easy decision, and I am convinced that this is a difficult evening for him,” Peres said following the meeting. “I wish to take… More ▸