Israel's top peace negotiator said on Friday newly resumed talks with the Palestinians also held a wider opportunity for Israel to seek alliances with Arab world moderates against militants in the Middle East.
The next round of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks will be held in Israel next week, according to Tzipi Livni, Israel’s chief negotiator.
Israel and the Palestinians remain far apart over terms of any peace deal, officials from both sides made clear on Wednesday, a day after talks resumed in Washington for the first time in nearly three years.
President Obama met with the top Israeli and Palestinian peace negotiators.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday he would put any peace deal with the Palestinians to a referendum, raising expectations that direct negotiations might soon resume following a two-year stalemate.
Israeli opposition leader Tzipi Livni criticized the prisoner swap that freed Gilad Shalit, saying it weakened Israel and strengthened Hamas.
Israeli opposition leader Tzipi Livni has visited Britain for the first time since a law that allows for the prosecution of foreign officials for alleged war crimes was amended.
A request to issue an arrest warrant for Israeli opposition leader Tzipi Livni was turned down by a South African investigation board. The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, also known as the Hawks, found late last week that "there are insufficient grounds for us to obtain a warrant of arrest." The Hawks also found that Livni must be in South Africa for the country to begin an investigation into the allegations of war crimes against her. Livni last week said she canceled her trip to South Africa due to the Israeli Foreign Ministry workers' strike, which ended Monday. She was scheduled to give several speeches and hold meetings in Cape Town and Johannesburg. The Jewish Board of Deputies, which was sponsoring Livni's trip, told the South African Press Association that it will be rescheduled.
A South African organization dedicated to dispelling stereotypes about Muslims is seeking an arrest warrant for Israeli lawmaker Tzipi Livni for her role in the Gaza war. Livni, Israel's opposition leader and head of the Kadima Party, is set to visit South Africa at the end of the month as a guest of the Jewish Board of Deputies, according to the South African Press Association. She is scheduled to give several speeches and hold meetings in Cape Town and Johannesburg. Igbal Jassat, chairman of the the Media Review Network, told the South African Press Association that his organization has instructed its attorneys to secure the arrest warrant in accordance with the Rome statutes, to which South Africa is a signatory, "which obligates all member states to honor their responsibility in the prosecution of war criminals."
Israel should have instituted a second settlement building freeze in exchange for U.S. guarantees, Israeli opposition leader Tzipi Livni said on ABC News.
Secular businessman Nir Barkat appeared to be the new mayor of Jerusalem, according to exit polls.
JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Tzipi Livni has called for new general elections in Israel, saying she failed to form a coalition government.
Labor would be the senior partner in a new government, according to a draft coalition agreement reportedly sent on by Kadima. Associates of Prime Minister-designate Tzipi Livni reportedly passed the draft agreement Sunday to the Labor Party.
Tzipi Livni said the peace process will move forward and that Israel will be able to face challenges better with a stable government.
Israelis on the right and left were angered by Ehud Olmert's suggestion in an interview at the twilight of his term that Israel should cede virtually all its disputed land. Too little, too late, said the leftists. Too much, said the rightists.
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert tells Cabinet stepping down "was not an easy or simple decision," then submits his letter of resignation to President Shimon Peres
Exit polls show Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni winning the Kadima Party primary by a double-digit margin.
There is a clear front-runner in the Kadima primary scheduled for Sept. 17, but it's not at all clear how Israel's political map will look once Ehud Olmert is gone
Ehud Olmert's departure opens up the possibility of radical new directions in Israeli policy vis-a-vis the Palestinians, Syria and Iran
No matter who emerges as the successor to Ehud Olmert, new general elections for prime minister -- and, by extension, the entire Knesset -- may not be far away
Sderot's residents expressed optimism about the latest of a series of high-profile visitors to the town, the man who one day may be U.S. president, Barack Obama
Ehud Olmert pledged to solve an Israeli conversion crisis prompted by a rabbinical dispute