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December 12, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Israeli Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz followed Prime Minister Ariel Sharon out of the Likud Party and into Sharon's new Kadima party in the run-up to a March general election. Mofaz is popular among many Israelis for his handling of a five-year Palestinian uprising, but opinion polls had predicted he would lose a Likud leadership race Dec. 19 to former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
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July 29, 2012 | By Maeve Reston and Paul Richter, Los Angeles Times
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.
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April 23, 2012 | By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
JERUSALEM - Amid the collapse of a multibillion-dollar natural gas agreement between Egypt and Israel that had been in place since 2005, officials from both countries stressed Monday that the dispute was a commercial one and did not reflect political tensions. But observers viewed the contract spat as the latest sign of souring relations between the two countries and said it could threaten the long-term viability of their historic 1979 Camp David peace accord. Tensions between the two countries have been rising since the ouster last year of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, who maintained close ties with Israel despite the relationship's unpopularity with the Egyptian public.
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July 17, 2012 | By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
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.
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July 29, 2012 | By Maeve Reston and Paul Richter, Los Angeles Times
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.
WORLD
November 3, 2002 | From Associated Press
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.
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November 1, 2002 | Laura King, Times Staff Writer
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.
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July 17, 2012 | By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
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.
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March 28, 2012 | By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
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.
WORLD
April 8, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
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April 23, 2012 | By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
JERUSALEM - Amid the collapse of a multibillion-dollar natural gas agreement between Egypt and Israel that had been in place since 2005, officials from both countries stressed Monday that the dispute was a commercial one and did not reflect political tensions. But observers viewed the contract spat as the latest sign of souring relations between the two countries and said it could threaten the long-term viability of their historic 1979 Camp David peace accord. Tensions between the two countries have been rising since the ouster last year of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, who maintained close ties with Israel despite the relationship's unpopularity with the Egyptian public.
WORLD
March 28, 2012 | By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
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.
WORLD
December 12, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Israeli Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz followed Prime Minister Ariel Sharon out of the Likud Party and into Sharon's new Kadima party in the run-up to a March general election. Mofaz is popular among many Israelis for his handling of a five-year Palestinian uprising, but opinion polls had predicted he would lose a Likud leadership race Dec. 19 to former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
WORLD
November 3, 2002 | From Associated Press
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.
WORLD
November 1, 2002 | Laura King, Times Staff Writer
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.
WORLD
February 11, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Israel clamped a total closure on the West Bank and Gaza Strip, banning all Palestinians from entering Israel. Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz canceled measures aimed at easing restrictions during the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, or the Feast of the Sacrifice, this week, the ministry said. Quoting unidentified military sources, Army Radio said there were reports that militants plan terror attacks in coming days.
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May 9, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Israel has jailed its first reservist for refusing military duty in protest of plans to withdraw from the Gaza Strip and has detained a right-wing militant until after the pullout, officials said. Arkadi Moter, a Jewish settler, was jailed for 21 days by the army for refusing a call-up for reserve duty. Another settler was arrested and sent to prison until the end of September under an administrative detention order signed by Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz, security officials said.
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