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  • Attack in Gaza Signals Escalation of Conflict

    – Israel’s launching of a major operation in Gaza marked a new stage in its conflict with Hamas, the terrorist group in control of the Gaza Strip. Israel’s operation, dubbed Cast Lead, was launched Saturday after several days of intense Palestinian rocket fire on Israeli towns following the expiration of the informal six-month truce between… More ▸

  • Olmert Fraud Hearing Scheduled

    A hearing in the investigation of one of Ehud Olmert’s alleged fraud scandals was scheduled for February. The hearing was announced Tuesday by Attorney General Menachem Mazuz. The prime minister’s lawyers had requested a May date. Olmert is accused of double-billing nonprofit organizations for airplane flights for public business and using the extra money to… More ▸

  • Olmert Tours Jerusalem-area Security Fence

    The security fence around Jerusalem “is vital to the security of Israel,” Ehud Olmert said. Israel’s prime minister on Tuesday toured the security fence in the Jerusalem area, which is nearing completion. Olmert was accompanied by army Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi, Jerusalem District Police Commander Aharon Franco and other senior officials. The security… More ▸

  • Op-ed: Reforms Vital to Israeli Political Stability

    As the United States looks forward to a presidential inauguration, Israel is facing another general election. A little more than a month ago, the new leader of Israel’s Kadima Party, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, failed to establish a coalition government following the resignation of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. The breakdown of coalition talks forces Israel… More ▸

  • Britain Warns: Don’t Buy Property in Settlements

    The British government will warn its citizens against buying property in settlements in the West Bank. A spokeswoman at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office confirmed reports that the warning will be published on its Web site early this week, explaining that future peace agreements “could have consequences for that property.” She added that “this is… More ▸

  • Kassam Rocket Hits Sderot Home

    A Kassam rocket that hit a home in Sderot was one of at least 50 rockets and mortars to strike southern Israel since a cease-fire with Hamas ended. “Nothing’s changing, no one’s doing anything, not the government, no one,” Maya Iber, whose home was hit Sunday morning, told Israel Radio. Rockets and mortars fired Sunday… More ▸

  • Olmert to Discuss Syria in Turkey

    Ehud Olmert will meet with Turkey’s prime minister to discuss progressing to direct peace talks with Syria. The Israeli prime minister is scheduled to fly to Turkey Monday to meet with Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has been mediating indirect talks between Israel and Syria. According to Olmert’s media adviser, the two leaders will meet in… More ▸

  • ‘painful Compromises’ Needed, Olmert Tells London Jews

    Ehud Olmert told leaders of the London Jewish community that Israel must make “painful compromises” or risk one state for two people. Speaking here Tuesday night, the Israeli prime minister admitted that he was one of the “dreamers” of greater Israel. But now, he said, “the real choice we have is peace that will require… More ▸

  • Rice Presses Palestinian Statehood, with Nod from Obama

    The Bush administration is making a last-gasp push for Palestinian statehood — or the nearest it can get to it — with the apparent, quiet encouragement of President-elect Barack Obama. Israel, on the other hand, may end up balking. The Quartet — the diplomatic grouping of the United States, Russia, the European Union and the… More ▸

  • Likud in Front, Despite Far-right Presence

    Despite its hard-line Knesset slate and the presence on the ticket of extremist Moshe Feiglin, Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party still leads in the polls to win Israel’s election in February. So far, it seems that the inclusion of Feiglin, who has advocated transferring Israeli Arab citizens to Arab states, has not hurt Likud nearly as… More ▸