July 29, 2012 |
JERUSALEM - Mitt Romney has rarely missed an opportunity to argue that he would be a better friend to Israel than President Obama. He has pounded the president on the issue of Iran, saying he has failed to champion sanctions crippling enough to prevent Tehran from getting a nuclear weapon. He has accused Obama of speaking at the United Nations as if "our closest ally in the Middle East was the problem. " And he has spoken in glowing and deferential terms of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu - "Bibi," as he referred to him - whose frictions with Obama have at times burst into the open.
November 3, 2002 |
Israel's former army chief of staff accepted the job of defense minister Saturday, after the post became vacant with the resignation of Labor Party leader Binyamin Ben-Eliezer from the coalition government. Shaul Mofaz's appointment by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is to be put before Israel's parliament for confirmation Monday, Sharon's office said in a statement.
November 1, 2002 |
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon on Thursday picked as his new defense minister a former army chief of staff who takes an even harder line toward the Palestinians than does the Israeli leader. Lt. Gen. Shaul Mofaz, whose selection as defense chief is expected to be officially announced next week, caused a stir last spring when he was caught on an open TV microphone urging Sharon to expel Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat.
July 17, 2012 |
JERUSALEM - Israel'smuch-touted ruling grand coalition broke apart Tuesday after the centrist Kadima party quit less than three months after it surprised the nation by joining Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's right-wing government. The fracture, prompted by a dispute over a bill to draft religious students into the military, does not bring down Netanyahu's government, but it probably will trigger early elections. During a Kadima faction meeting, party leader Shaul Mofaz blamed Netanyahu for the split.
March 28, 2012 |
JERUSALEM — While gliding to a surprisingly easy victory over Kadima party Chairwoman Tzipi Livni, Israel's newly elected opposition leader, Shaul Mofaz, faces an uphill battle in keeping the once-dominant centrist political party from splintering. The Iranian-born Mofaz, 64, comfortably defeated Livni in Tuesday's primary, garnering nearly 62% of the vote in the party election. Speaking Wednesday, he wasted no time in setting his sights on Israel's next national election, which is not scheduled until the end of 2013 but which many believe may be called as early as this fall.
April 8, 2005 |
Israel plans to transfer Jewish settlements in the Gaza Strip to the Palestinians intact, Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz said, reversing a plan to destroy the homes during this summer's withdrawal. The decision, which would need Cabinet approval, was made in a meeting with top security officials, Deputy Defense Minister Zeev Boim said.