December 8, 2007 |
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told Israel that its plan to build 300 housing units on land captured in 1967 threatened U.S.-backed peace efforts. Rice spoke after talks with Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni on the sidelines of a NATO meeting in Brussels. Israel has issued a tender for the construction at Har Homa.
December 12, 2008 |
Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said it might not be possible to win freedom for a soldier captured by Gaza-based militants more than two years ago. It was the first time an Israeli leader admitted in public that efforts to free Sgt. Gilad Shalit might fail. He was captured in June 2006. She told high school students, "All of us want Gilad to return home, but it is not always possible to bring everyone home."
December 1, 2005 |
A suspected Israeli mob boss described by U.S. prosecutors as one of the world's most wanted drug traffickers can be extradited to the United States, Israel's Supreme Court ruled. Zeev Rosenstein is suspected of involvement in distributing more than 1 million ecstasy pills in the United States, mostly in New York and Miami. Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni is expected to approve extradition. Two senior Israeli officers are already in Miami to help U.S.
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.
October 27, 2008 |
The leader of Israel's ruling party, Tzipi Livni, gave up her attempts to form a coalition government, setting the stage for early elections. That puts opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu, a critic of the Palestinian peace process, in a strong position to become the country's next prime minister. Livni has been trying to put together a government since she replaced Prime Minister Ehud Olmert as head of the ruling Kadima party last month.
October 6, 2008 |
Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, in her first policy address since being nominated to form Israel's next government, voiced her commitment to press ahead with peace negotiations with the Palestinians. "Let us not allow dates or political changes to stand in our way," she said in an address at a policy conference at the Foreign Ministry also attended by Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riyad Maliki. "We are waiting to see who will be the next president, Obama versus McCain, and believe me there is a big difference between the two vis-a-vis . . . the Middle East peace process," Maliki said.
October 20, 2008 |
Israeli leaders are seriously considering a dormant Saudi plan offering a comprehensive peace between Israel and the Arab world in exchange for lands captured during the 1967 Middle East War, Defense Minister Ehud Barak said. He said that he has discussed the plan with Prime Minister-designate Tzipi Livni and that Israel is considering a response. Livni's office declined to comment. Saudi Arabia in 2002 offered pan-Arab recognition of Israel in exchange for Israel's withdrawal from Arab lands captured in 1967: the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights.
June 27, 2008 |
Palestinian militants fired two rockets at southern Israel from the Gaza Strip on Thursday, breaching a cease-fire for a second time. The truce, reached with Egyptian mediation between Israel and Hamas, the militant Islamic group that controls the strip, has largely held since it took effect June 19, but sporadic violations by other groups are threatening to unravel it, much like previous agreements.
October 28, 2008 |
President Shimon Peres told parliament on Monday that he had consulted with all of Israel's political parties and found there was no choice but to hold elections. Peres' announcement came a day after Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni abandoned an attempt to cobble together a new ruling coalition. He said no other lawmaker was capable of forming a government.