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  • Olmert submits resignation, promises to help Livni

    September 21, 2008 | 6:48 pm

    JERUSALEM (JTA)—Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has submitted his letter of resignation to President Shimon Peres

    Olmert visited the president’s official residence in Jerusalem Sunday evening to deliver the letter.

    “This is not an easy decision, and I am convinced that this is a...

  • Tzipi Livni wins Kadima contest—now the real work begins

    By Leslie Susser

    September 17, 2008 | 7:35 pm

    JERUSALEM (JTA) - With her decisive win in the Kadima party primary on Wednesday, Tzipi Livni's next major task will be assembling a coalition government so she can become prime minister.

    Then all she'll have on her plate is figuring out how to arrest the threat to Israel from Iran,...

  • Exit polls say Tzipi Livni wins big in Kadima primary

    September 17, 2008 | 5:48 pm

    Exit polls show Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni winning the Kadima Party primary by a double-digit margin.

    Livni received between 47 and 49 percent of the vote, while her closest challenger, Transportation Minister Shaul Mofaz, won 37 percent, according to exit polls conducted...

  • ANALYSIS: Livni leads in polls, but Israel’s political map is unclear

    By Leslie Susser

    September 8, 2008 | 8:22 pm

    JERUSALEM (JTA)—With the Kadima leadership primary just days away, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni looks like a sure winner.

    The latest opinion poll shows her 20 percentage points ahead of her closest rival in the contest that could produce Israel’s next prime minister.

    The Sept. 17...

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  • Candidate Profile: Tzipi Livni—a clean record but some say untested

    By Dina Kraft

    September 8, 2008 | 5:09 pm

    JERUSALEM (JTA) - Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni smoothes her tailored black jacket, tosses back her head and takes in the King David Hotel hall packed cheek to jowl with foreign journalists.

    Every chair is taken, photographers line the walls and the lights of dozens of TV...
  • Candidate Profile: Shaul Mofaz, the hawkish centrist

    By Roy Eitan

    September 8, 2008 | 5:01 pm

    JERUSALEM (JTA) -- If Shaul Mofaz succeeds Ehud Olmert as the head of the Kadima Party and, eventually, as Israeli prime minister, he may have Iran to thank.

    Fifty years after Mofaz left his native Tehran for the fledgling Jewish state, the retired general-turned-politician has made...

  • Ehud Olmert should be indicted, Israeli police tell prosecutors

    September 8, 2008 | 4:17 am

    JERUSALEM (JTA)—Ehud Olmert should be indicted on corruption charges, Israeli police recommended Sunday.

    Bribery is the most serious of the charges that police recommended against the prime minister to Attorney General Menachem Mazuz. Others include fraud, breach of trust and money...

  • Political realities may doom Olmert’s peace push

    By Leslie Susser

    September 3, 2008 | 7:27 pm

    With his Kadima Party just weeks away from electing a new leader, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is making a concerted last-ditch effort to reach a peace deal with the Palestinians.

    Olmert has drawn up a detailed peace offer and presented it to U.S. and Palestinian leaders. After...

  • Will new ‘Cold War’ play out in Middle East?

    By Leslie Susser

    August 27, 2008 | 5:12 pm

    When Prime Minister Ehud Olmert goes to Moscow next month, his first order of business will be to make sure the Russians don't sell sophisticated new weaponry to Syria that could alter the military status quo in the Middle East.

    Last week, Syrian President Bashar Assad visited Russia...

  • Northern Israel needs investment to bolster it—- security and development are linked

    August 14, 2008 | 12:04 am

    The graffiti on the Galilean bomb shelter that greeted Prime Minister Ehud Olmert wasted no words: "Wake up Sharon, Olmert's in a coma."

    Watching Olmert tour upgraded and refurbished bomb shelters in the north after the release of the Winograd Report last spring prompted jokes in...

  • Olmert steps down

    By Steve Greenberg

    August 5, 2008 | 9:07 pm

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  • Israeli policy headed for radical changes in post-Olmert era

    By Leslie Susser

    August 5, 2008 | 4:46 pm

    JERUSALEM (JTA)—Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s decision to resign after a new Kadima Party leader is elected in September has opened up the possibility of radical new directions in Israeli policy.

    As of now Olmert has four potential successors, since Kadima’s new leader may not be...

  • Ehud Olmert: A political time line

    August 2, 2008 | 12:56 am

    NEW YORK (JTA)—The following is a time line of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s political career:

    Sept. 30, 1945 Born to Bella and Mordechai Olmert in Binyamina, near Haifa.

    November 1963-1971 Begins military service in the Golani Brigade, but hand and feet injuries that predate his...

  • Who will succeed Olmert?

    July 31, 2008 | 4:58 pm

    Though the political jockeying to succeed Ehud Olmert began long before his announcement Wednesday that he would not seek re-election, the prime minister’s would-be successors face a tenuous political landscape.

    In the short term, Olmert’s announcement means he will stay in...

  • Analysis: Olmert’s journey from right-wing idealogue to unsuccessful pragmatist

    By Ron Kampeas

    July 31, 2008 | 4:52 pm

    WASHINGTON (JTA)—The day after Ehud Olmert buried his own political career, he announced plans to commemorate Ze’ev Jabotinsky, the ideological proponent of Greater Israel whose vision Olmert has done much to bury.

    It was an odd closing of a circle: Olmert’s signature achievement...

  • Israel political outlook uncertain as Olmert announces plans to resign [VIDEOS]

    July 31, 2008 | 4:53 am

    JERUSALEM (JTA) – Ehud Olmert’s announcement Wednesday that he will not seek re-election plunged Israel into deep political uncertainty at a time when the country faces several crucial diplomatic tests.

    Confronted with police investigations into possible illegal fund-raising...

  • Obama sounds both hawkish and dovish themes in Israel, Jordan

    July 23, 2008 | 4:49 pm

    SDEROT, Israel (JTA)—During his stops in Jordan and Israel, presidential contender Barack Obama stressed both his backing for tough Israeli security measures and his commitment to advancing the peace process.

    In meetings with several Israeli leaders Wednesday, Obama reaffirmed his...

  • Briefs: Olmert vows to solve conversion crisis, Israel names first female U.N. envoy

    July 23, 2008 | 4:20 pm

    Ehud Olmert pledged to solve an Israeli conversion crisis prompted by a rabbinical dispute. The prime minister on Monday gave the government four months to address a recent decision by Israel's Rabbinical High Court to fire Rabbi Haim Druckman as head of a state-sponsored conversion...
  • Now that Obama is in Israel, what should we expect?

    July 23, 2008 | 1:40 am

    Latest:

    Barack Obama arrived in Israel and stressed the historic ties between the United States and the Jewish state.

    The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee is on a Middle East and European tour aimed at shoring up his foreign policy credentials.

    “I want input and...

  • Copycat bulldozer rampage in Jerusalem injures 28

    July 22, 2008 | 4:31 pm

    JERUSALEM (JTA)—In an imitation of an attack nearly three weeks ago, an Arab construction worker rampaged through the streets of Jerusalem on a bulldozer, crushing cars and hitting a bus before being shot dead by Israeli border police.

    At least 16 people were injured in the attack...

  • Hezbollah swap muddies Shalit talks

    By Roy Eitan

    July 20, 2008 | 7:43 pm

    JERUSALEM (JTA)—The long-awaited resolution to the Lebanese hostage crisis has cast a pall over efforts to retrieve the Israeli soldier held by Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

    Gilad Shalit was abducted to Gaza shortly before Hezbollah snatched Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev to Lebanon in...

  • On eve of prisoner swap, Israel recalls 2006 Lebanon war

    July 16, 2008 | 1:29 am

    (JTA)—For many Israelis, the timing of this week’s scheduled prisoner swap with Hezbollah serves as a bitter reminder of the failings of the Second Lebanon War.

    Two years since the 34-day conflagration—sparked by Hezbollah taking two Israeli soldiers captive in a cross-border...

  • Olmert seen as lackluster at Paris

    By Roy Eitan

    July 15, 2008 | 2:44 pm

    PARIS (JTA) -- As a career politician with a love for the urbane, Ehud Olmert might have been expected to shine at the Union for the Mediterranean conference on Sunday.

    But the Israeli prime minister, faced with a spiraling corruption scandal at home, appeared subdued -- some said...

  • Assad snubs Olmert at Sarkozy’s Mediterranean summit

    By Devorah Lauter

    July 14, 2008 | 6:22 pm

    PARIS (JTA)—It was the snub of the day.

    Despite overtures by Israel’s prime minister to Syrian President Bashar Assad, Assad refused to acknowledge, shake hands, be photographed with or listen to Ehud Olmert when the two shared a conference room at Sunday’s Union for the...

  • Sarkozy’s summit gets every* Arab country to sit with Israel

    By Devorah Lauter

    July 14, 2008 | 2:57 am

    PARIS (JTA)—While the French-initiated summit for the Union for the Mediterranean did not produce any major breakthroughs, French President Nicolas Sarkozy recognized one achievement.
    “The fact that we were all in the same room is already a lot,” Sarkozy said at a news conference...

  • Mixed emotions in Israel as Cabinet approves MIA swap

    By Roy Eitan

    June 30, 2008 | 1:15 pm

    JERUSALEM (JTA)—Two years after they disappeared into Lebanese captivity, Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev are returning to Israel.

    But it’s unlikely to be a happy homecoming for the army reservists.

    According to Israeli assessments, Goldwasser and Regev died as a result of the...

  • Bill Boyarsky: Calculating the value of Villaraigosa’s trip

    By Bill Boyarsky

    June 26, 2008 | 11:33 am



    The Mayor, in Israel, lauds green tech and security cooperation initiatives




    It would be easy for me to beat up on Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa for his junket to Israel. After all, when I was a reporter, I covered two of our most traveled mayors, Tom Bradley and Sam Yorty.

    While I never...

  • Israel-Hamas truce begins and Israelis are ready if it fails

    By Roy Eitan

    June 24, 2008 | 8:39 pm

    JERUSALEM (JTA) -- While nowhere near coexistence, Israel and Hamas are trying out an accommodation of sorts with an Egyptian-brokered truce in the Gaza Strip.

    The deal came into effect at dawn on June 19 and seemed to be holding until late Monday night, when a Palestinian mortar...

  • Viewing the truce from many sides

    By Leslie Susser

    June 23, 2008 | 9:47 pm

    JERUSALEM (JTA)—Israeli strategic thinkers are deeply divided over the implications of the truce between Israel and the Gaza-based Hamas fundamentalists. But whatever their perspective, most agree that it could have a profound impact on the future of Israeli-Palestinian relations.

    ...
  • Standing in the polls

    By Steve Greenberg

    June 19, 2008 | 2:30 pm

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