January 15, 2013 |
JERUSALEM -- Critical comments about Israel's current leaders attributed to President Obama played into Israel's upcoming elections Tuesday as candidates quickly incorporated the message into their campaign. In a column for Bloomberg news service, journalist Jeffrey Goldberg described grim attitudes toward Israel in the White House, including harsh criticism of the country's settlement policies and a bleak forecast for its future if Israel continues on its present course. According to Goldberg, Obama said repeatedly in private conversations that "Israel doesn't know what its own best interests are" and that each new announcement by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of settlement expansions is leading Israel down the path of near-total isolation.
February 4, 2009 |
Less than a week before Israeli voters pick a new leader, the candidate most involved in negotiations with the Palestinians is on the defensive over newly reported details of an interim peace accord offered months ago by outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.
November 27, 2012 |
JERUSALEM - Former opposition leader Tzipi Livni, Israel's most-recognized female politician, threw her hat back in the political ring Tuesday, setting the stage for an election rematch against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Four years ago, Livni, as head of the centrist Kadima Party, beat Netanyahu's Likud Party by one Knesset seat, but she was unable to form a majority coalition, giving Netanyahu an opportunity to take power. Few expect her newly formed Movement Party will come close to threatening Netanyahu this time, but her return to the political scene - seven months after she announced she was taking a break - will further reshape Israel's center-left as it struggles to find a way to confront the nation's rising right-wing movement.
July 12, 2011 |
Israel's right-leaning parliament approved a hotly disputed law Monday that will penalize those who organize or publicly endorse political boycotts against the country, including campaigns directed at Israeli universities, settlements and businesses in the West Bank. Critics, including several prominent Israeli politicians, newspaper columnists and the parliament's legal advisor, questioned whether the law would withstand a Supreme Court challenge, saying it probably violates the right to free speech and free expression.
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.
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.
November 29, 2008 |
Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said Friday that Israelis were deliberate targets of the well-organized bands of gunmen whose attacks across the Indian city of Mumbai included one on an ultra-Orthodox Jewish center. Officials receiving reports from Mumbai initially hesitated to judge whether the attack on the center owned by the group Chabad-Lubavitch, where gunmen seized hostages late Wednesday, was planned or random.
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 21, 2009 |
Benjamin Netanyahu, leader of the right-wing Likud party, Friday accepted the task of forming Israel's new government and becoming the country's next prime minister. He appealed to his top rival, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, to join him in a coalition government. President Shimon Peres officially assigned Netanyahu the role of building a government despite the fact that Livni's Kadima party captured more of the popular vote in parliamentary elections this month.
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.