January 25, 2010 |
Many people expected Tzipi Livni to become Israel's first female prime minister since Golda Meir. After her high-profile stint as foreign minister, the centrist Kadima party she heads won more votes than any other in elections last year. International leaders praised her as a new-style Israeli politician who could finally make peace with the Palestinians. Yet things aren't working out that way for Livni. Rather than making history, the 51-year-old is fighting for her political life.
March 17, 2009 |
Avigdor Lieberman, whose ultranationalist rhetoric has raised alarm among Arabs and international concern, took a major step Monday toward becoming foreign minister in Israel's next government. His appointment, part of a pact between his right-wing party and that of Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu, is not final. The deal leaves an opening for the current foreign minister, Tzipi Livni, to stay in that post if her centrist Kadima party agrees to join the coalition.
February 16, 2009 |
The three big players in Israel's leadership struggle first crossed paths in 1996 when a rising politician named Avigdor Lieberman helped a former intelligence agent land her first high-level government job. Lieberman, who was Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's right-hand man at the time, resigned the following year and became his bitter rival. But Lieberman and the ex-spy, Tzipi Livni, then both 39, remained friends.
February 11, 2009 |
Israel's voters threw the country into political uncertainty Tuesday, apparently giving Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni's centrist party the largest share of seats in parliament but shifting the majority to a collection of right-wing parties hostile to her goal of a peace accord with the Palestinians. Near-complete returns left it unclear whether Livni or her closest rival, conservative Benjamin Netanyahu, would become Israel's next prime minister.
February 10, 2009 |
Israelis trudged to the polls today to elect a new government for the fifth time in 10 years, following a campaign mired in voter apathy, confusion and disillusionment with the country's politicians. Although compelling issues are at stake, including how to deal with the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, the West Bank, Syria and the threat of a nuclear Iran, candidates for prime minister avoided face-to-face debate and ran negative campaigns besmirching one another's credibility.
February 8, 2009 |
First there was the "healing through laughter" seminar. Then "Orit the Carpenter," sort of a lesbian Martha Stewart, took the microphone and yelled, "We have seen our share of candidates over the years . . . all oozing testosterone and ego. But I have news for them: We, the woman, can do this!" Later, transsexual pop star Dana International performed a bouncy disco song and announced, "I now formally invite you to the diva sisterhood."
September 22, 2008 |
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert resigned Sunday amid a series of corruption inquiries, beginning a leadership transition that could take weeks and possibly months. Olmert handed a resignation letter to President Shimon Peres, who is expected to assign Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni the task of forming a governing coalition. Livni is the new leader of the ruling Kadima party and hopes to succeed Olmert.
September 18, 2008 |
Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni early today was one step closer to becoming Israel's first female prime minister in 34 years, after winning a tight race for leadership of the ruling Kadima party. Livni defeated her top rival, Transportation Minister Shaul Mofaz, by a mere 431 votes, according to the head of Kadima's primary committee. The results were close enough that some in Mofaz's camp were publicly pushing for him to demand a recount.
September 17, 2008 |
Members of Israel's ruling party head for the polls today to elect a new leader, pitting a top peace negotiator against a tough-talking former general in a race that could have profound implications for the future of the nation's political center. Outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has pledged to resign in the face of mounting corruption charges once the new Kadima party leader is elected.
May 30, 2008 |
Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said the Kadima party must prepare to replace Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, raising pressure on him amid a corruption investigation. She was the first senior member of Kadima, the biggest party in the governing coalition, to question his fitness to stay in office. On Wednesday, Defense Minister Ehud Barak called on Olmert to resign, pledging to pull his Labor Party out of the government and force new elections if he didn't comply. Olmert denies wrongdoing.