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Israel Nears Decision on Gaza Ceasefire

Cabinet may approve unilateral move at meeting tomorrow

(Newser) - Israel’s security cabinet will meet tomorrow to discuss, and likely approve, a unilateral ceasefire in Gaza, the Jerusalem Post reports. The move comes after negotiations in Egypt and the signing of an agreement with the US designed to halt smuggling of arms into Gaza. The ceasefire does not include...

Olmert: I Made Condi Abstain on Gaza Vote

Israel PM claims he 'embarrassed' Rice in urgent call to Bush

(Newser) - Israel’s prime minister says an urgent call to President Bush last week resulted in Condoleezza Rice changing her vote on a UN Gaza resolution, the New York Times reports, with Ehud Olmert adding that the secretary of State “was left pretty embarrassed.” Rice helped draft the measure...

Blair: Gaza Ceasefire in Sight
 Blair: Gaza Ceasefire in Sight 

Blair: Gaza Ceasefire in Sight

Israeli leaders torn over next step

(Newser) - “The elements of an agreement” for a ceasefire in Gaza are in place, Mideast envoy Tony Blair said today amid negotiations in Cairo including representatives of Israel and Hamas. But in Jerusalem, Israeli leaders were weighing an escalation, the Washington Post reports. PM Ehud Olmert is pushing for a...

Bush Blocked Israeli Strike on Iran, OK'd Covert Ops

President refused requests for missiles, but began covert sabotage missions

(Newser) - Washington stopped Israel from bombing Iran last year and told the Jewish state of covert plans to undermine Iran's nuclear ambitions, the New York Times reports. Israel asked President Bush to aid the strike with bunker-busting bombs and a free pass over Iraqi air space, which he refused—but he...

Israel's Only Option: Destroy Hamas Entirely
Israel's Only Option: Destroy Hamas Entirely

Israel's Only Option: Destroy Hamas Entirely

Krauthammer: Olmert has a second chance to defeat extremism

(Newser) - There are only two possible outcomes of the war in Gaza, writes Charles Krauthammer: the complete destruction of Hamas or an internationally supervised truce à la Lebanon. Under immense diplomatic pressure, Israel is hinting it will accept the French-Egyptian ceasefire plan. That would be "a terrible mistake," writes...

Olmert Says He Favors Ceasefire

Israel PM will send delegate to Egypt, but stops short of acceptance

(Newser) - The Israeli prime minister's office said today that it "views positively" efforts by the Egyptians to broker a ceasefire, and that it would send a delegation to a meeting there. But Ehud Olmert stopped short of fully accepting the French-Egyptian plan, which proposes an immediate ceasefire for Gaza, followed...

Rival Israeli Pols Gain From Gaza Attack

Offensive could make or break the election for leaders who planned it

(Newser) - An uneasy triumvirate of Israeli politicians united to plan the offensive against Gaza, the Washington Post reports. Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and Defense Minister Ehud Barak, who will compete to become prime minister in February's election, both want to convince the electorate they can successfully defend Israel. For outgoing PM...

Israel Attacks Serve as Reminder of Might
Israel Attacks Serve as Reminder of Might

Israel Attacks Serve as Reminder of Might

Leaders feared being seen as 'paper tiger'

(Newser) - Israel’s overwhelming strikes on Hamas are in part an effort to flex the country’s muscles and strike fear in the hearts of its enemies, Ethan Bronner writes in the New York Times. “There has been a nagging sense of uncertainty in the last couple years of whether...

Israelis Mass at Gaza Border After Fresh Strikes

Gaza death toll hits 300

(Newser) - Israeli troops massed at the border today as Gaza's death toll hit at least 300 following fresh Israeli air strikes overnight. Bombs decimated a mosque and family home—reportedly killing 5 children—as well as a university Israeli officials said contained explosives labs that aid Hamas' insurgency, CNN reports. Israeli...

Israel Readies Gaza Strike
 Israel Readies Gaza Strike 

Israel Readies Gaza Strike

Attack planned on Hamas stronghold

(Newser) - Israel is preparing a short, intense air and ground assault on militant positions in Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, Haaretz reports. The Israeli cabinet has given the green light for an operation in retaliation for recent rocket attacks on civilian targets within Israel. Officials will meet again Sunday before any incursion, according...

Olmert Will Face Corruption Charges

PM double-billed travel, police allege

(Newser) - Outgoing PM Ehud Olmert will be charged with fraud, abuse of confidence, and falsification of documents, Israel’s attorney general said today, a move that could force Olmert to leave office sooner than his intended February departure, the Times reports. The scandal—involving Olmert’s political appointments, travel expenses, and...

Bush Won't See Mideast Deal During Term

In region, Rice aims to keep process on track for Obama's team

(Newser) - Israel and the Palestinians won’t likely reach a peace agreement by the 2009 deadline set at the Annapolis negotiations a year ago, the White House said today. The Bush administration began to question the feasibility of the deadline when a corruption scandal ousted PM Ehud Olmert and set the...

Olmert: Israel Must Leave West Bank

Nation must relinquish land for lasting peace, says exiting PM

(Newser) - Israel must give up nearly all the land it seized in 1967 to forge peace with the Palestinians, said outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. The nation must relinquish most of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights—or compensate the Palestinians and Syrians with Israeli territory, said...

Radical Settlers Fight Palestine —and Israel

Bomb attack against professor shows new right-wing militancy

(Newser) - A pipe bomb exploded Wednesday night outside the Jerusalem home of a dovish Israeli professor—where authorities also found fliers promising a $300,000 reward to anyone who killed members of a leftist advocacy group. The attack is the latest sign that right-wing settlers are resorting to extremist tactics to...

Bush Blocked Israel Attack on Iran

Prez refused plea to back bombing of nuke facilities

(Newser) - Israel asked Washington for a green light to bomb Iran's nuclear facilities but was told no, reports the Guardian. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert made the request in a private meeting with President Bush in May, but Bush feared air strikes over several days would lead to full-scale war and terrorist...

Olmert Announces Resignation
Olmert Announces Resignation

Olmert Announces Resignation

He may remain as 'caretaker' PM for weeks or months

(Newser) - Scandal-plagued Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert announced today that he will step down. "This was not an easy decision," he said. Olmert, who faces criminal corruption charges, must now submit his resignation to President Shimon Peres, but he may remain as a caretaker prime minister for weeks or...

Israel's 'Mrs Clean' Has Quite a Mess to Tackle

But Livni faces uphill climb if she becomes prime minister

(Newser) - When she cast her ballot yesterday, Tzipi Livni took a page from Barack Obama and told the Israeli media that party members should "bring about change by voting for what you believe in." Now, writes an analyst in the Jerusalem Post, Israel's prime minister-designate has a tough job:...

Livni Claims Win in Race to Succeed Olmert

She would be Israel's first female PM since Golda Meir

(Newser) - Tzipi Livni declared victory today in her party's primary and is on track to become Israel's first female prime minister in more than 30 years, Reuters reports. Livini, currently the foreign minister, comfortably won the Kadima Party election to decide who will replace scandal-plagued Ehud Olmert. Final results aren't yet...

Livni Poised to Be Israeli PM
 Livni Poised to Be Israeli PM 

Livni Poised to Be Israeli PM

Leads in polls to take over from Olmert

(Newser) - The main party in Israel's coalition government is poised today to choose 50-year-old foreign minister Tzipi Livni as Kadima party leader and new prime minister. She'll have a matter of weeks to construct a new coalition government or risk an election defeat by the right-wing Likud party, reports the New ...

The Long Island Rabbi Who Toppled Olmert

Close friend or just another donor, Talansky was key player in Israeli PM's downfall

(Newser) - Morris Talansky counted Ehud Olmet as a true friend, and he says his devotion was returned. The nature of the longstanding relationship between the Long Island rabbi and the Israeli prime minister varies according to who’s describing it, Steve Fishman writes in New York. But what everyone agrees on...

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