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  • The Kadima Vote: How the Election Could Play out

    With the Kadima leadership primary just days away, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni looks like a sure winner. The latest opinion poll shows her 20 percentage points ahead of her closest rival in the contest that could produce Israel’s next prime minister. The Sept. 17 Kadima Party vote comes after Prime Minister Ehud Olmert announced he… More ▸

  • News Brief

    Ehud Olmert should be indicted on corruption charges, Israel’s police recommended. Bribery is the most serious of the charges that police recommended Sunday against the Israeli prime minister to Attorney General Menachem Mazuz. Others include fraud, breach of trust and money laundering. The corruption charges stem from two investigations of Olmert. In the Rishon Tours… More ▸

  • News Brief

    Ehud Olmert told his Cabinet that current “serious” peace negotiations mean that it must begin thinking about relocating some citizens. The prime minister made the remarks Sunday before the Cabinet postponed debate due to lack of time on a bill that would pay West Bank settlers to voluntarily leave their homes. “(A)t a time when… More ▸

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    Israeli police are expected to recommend that Ehud Olmert be indicted, Israeli media reported. The police recommendation to indict the prime minister could come as early as Sunday, the reports said. Police and legal officials are scheduled to meet Thursday and Sunday to determine whether Olmert should be charged in three separate investigations of financial… More ▸

  • News Brief

    Bashar Assad announced that a fifth round of indirect peace negotiations with Israel has been postponed. The Syrian president on Thursday told French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who is on a diplomatic visit to Damascus, that the talks scheduled to be held next week were postponed due to the resignation of Yoram Turbowicz, a top diplomatic… More ▸

  • News Brief

    Lebanese terrorist Samir Kuntar said he met Mahmoud Abbas at the Palestinian Authority president’s request. Kuntar said in a statement Tuesday that Abbas requested the meeting, for which Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert rebuked Abbas when the two leaders met Sunday. Kuntar, who was responsible for the murder of three members of one Israeli family… More ▸

  • Political Realities May Doom Olmert’s Final Push for Peace

    With his Kadima Party just weeks away from electing a new leader, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is making a concerted last-ditch effort to reach a peace deal with the Palestinians. Olmert has drawn up a detailed peace offer and presented it to U.S. and Palestinian leaders. After being shown the plan last week, U.S…. More ▸

  • Tzipi Livni: She May Be Clean, but is She Still Wet Behind the Ears?

    Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni smoothes her tailored black jacket, tosses back her head and takes in the King David Hotel hall packed cheek to jowl with foreign journalists. Every chair is taken, photographers line the walls and the lights of dozens of TV cameras bathe the room in a yellow glow. The woman who… More ▸

  • Shaul Mofaz: from Tough General to Hawkish Politician

    If Shaul Mofaz succeeds Ehud Olmert as the head of the Kadima Party and, eventually, as Israeli prime minister, he may have Iran to thank. Fifty years after Mofaz left his native Tehran for the fledgling Jewish state, the retired general-turned-politician has made the Iranian threat — be it nuclear bombs or support for terrorism… More ▸

  • News Brief

    Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas met in Jerusalem. Sunday afternoon’s meeting, at the Israeli prime minister’s official residence, is likely the last before Olmert’s Kadima Party holds elections Sept. 17, after which Olmert has said he will step down as prime minister. Olmert reportedly reprimanded Abbas for meeting with freed… More ▸