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May 3, 2007 | Richard Boudreaux, Times Staff Writer
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert won critical backing from his party Wednesday night, beating back a move by his highest-ranking deputy and other party dissidents to oust him in the wake of a damaging report on the conduct of last summer's war in Lebanon. The Israeli leader called an emergency session of his Kadima party's 29 members of parliament after Tzipi Livni, who serves as deputy prime minister and foreign minister, told him that he had lost the public's support and should step down.
May 2, 2007 | Richard Boudreaux, Times Staff Writer
A day after an official investigative committee censured his conduct of last summer's war in Lebanon, the strain was evident on Ehud Olmert's face. Pale and haggard, the Israeli prime minister appeared to nod off several times during Tuesday's swearing-in of a new police chief.
May 2, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Tzipi Livni was named foreign minister and vice premier in the incoming Israeli government, the second-most powerful player on the nation's political scene. Livni, a 47-year-old member of the ruling Kadima party, is the daughter of a Zionist underground fighter and now champions Israel's withdrawal from much of the West Bank.
April 28, 2006 | From Reuters
Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's centrist Kadima party made a coalition deal Thursday with the center-left Labor Party, a major step toward forming a government and pursuing plans for the West Bank's future. Kadima won the most votes in Israel's March 28 general elections but needs the support of Labor and other smaller parties to gain a parliamentary majority. After weeks of negotiations, Kadima and Labor officials signed an agreement at a resort in this Tel Aviv suburb.
March 29, 2006 | Laura King and Ken Ellingwood, Times Staff Writers
Israelis set their country on course toward relinquishing dozens of settlements in the West Bank on Tuesday, voting heavily for parties that favor further withdrawals from Palestinian territories. The centrist Kadima party founded last year by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon will have the largest number of parliamentary seats, 28, according to nearly complete returns.
March 28, 2006 | Laura King, Times Staff Writer
With police at their highest state of alert, Israelis went to the polls today in parliamentary elections held in the shadow of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's incapacitation by a massive stroke. "Like everyone else, I want a change, and like everyone else, I'm tired of war," said Gabi Seeton, a 51-year-old retired military officer who voted as soon as his polling station in the suburbs of Jerusalem opened. "It's not about a particular leader -- they are here today, gone tomorrow."
March 27, 2006 | Laura King and Ken Ellingwood, Times Staff Writers
Israel's national election Tuesday will serve as the clearest referendum yet on whether Israelis are willing to relinquish their hold on far-flung biblical sites like this settlement built where the Old Testament says the children of Israel divided their land according to lots.
March 24, 2006 | Ken Ellingwood, Times Staff Writer
The park was scruffy, the microphone balky and the crowd short of colossal. But Amir Peretz was soldiering on with his insistent call for people power. "You have the chance!" the Labor Party leader shouted at the election rally in a bleak corner of this desert town, thrusting his index finger at the night air. "The chance is in your hand! The power of that paper can change your life!"
March 6, 2006 | Ken Ellingwood, Times Staff Writer
Israel will abandon more Jewish settlements in the West Bank if Ehud Olmert, the acting prime minister, and his Kadima party win an election this month, one of the party's leaders said Sunday. Israeli troops would remain after civilians are removed from isolated settlements and resettled elsewhere, said Avi Dichter, who formerly headed the Shin Bet domestic-security agency and now is a leading member of Kadima.
October 14, 1997 | SYLVIA L. OLIANDE
An assembly of fourth- through eighth-graders, their teachers and school staff of Kadima Hebrew Academy held particular significance for one teacher Monday. After speeches from the Milken Family Foundation representatives about the importance of education and honoring those who give their time to learning, teacher Mari Siegel was surprised with a $10,000 award for her work.
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