Israeli Politics

Israeli Politics

Postby Speak-Ez on Wed Sep 17, 2008 8:29 pm

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"Will Livni Succeed Olmert in Israel?"

It would appear the answer to my question would have to be, "Yes".

But I wonder if Israeli politics is so easy to read.

Polls show Livni taking up to 49% of the vote
Israel FM wins vote to succeed Olmert: exit polls

http://www.alarabiya.net/articles/2008/09/17/56788.html

Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni won a Kadima party leadership vote on Wednesday, putting her on track to succeed scandal-plagued Prime Minister Ehud Olmert as head of the government, exit polls showed.


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Re: Israeli Politics

Postby harmony on Wed Sep 17, 2008 9:06 pm

I have not been following this election but its time for a change. I do not know
anything about this new leader but will hope for the best. The world will be
watching to see if she can put a new cabinet together in 42 days and what direction
it will take the country and the tone it may set in the Middle East.

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Re: Israeli Politics

Postby deja vu on Wed Sep 17, 2008 10:37 pm

Here is the latest:

Livni narrowly wins party vote, eyes Israel PM job

TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni secured a narrow victory on
Thursday in a party leadership contest that sets her on course to succeed the
scandal-crippled Ehud Olmert as prime minister in the coming weeks.

But after a tense night of counting following exit polls that showed Livni cruising to a
big win, party officials said the final margin over Shaul Mofaz, a former general who
is now transport minister, was just over one percentage point.


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Re: Israeli Politics

Postby dreamon on Sun Sep 21, 2008 12:03 pm

Israel's Olmert announces his resignation

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert announced his resignation on Sunday, but the political uncertainty gripping
Israel and casting a shadow over U.S.-backed Middle East peace talks is far from over.

"I have decided to end my functions as prime minister of the government of Israel," Olmert told a weekly
cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, days after Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni was elected leader of their centrist
Kadima party.

http://www.alarabiya.net/articles/2008/09/21/56962.html

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Re:Israeli Politics

Postby deja vu on Mon Sep 29, 2008 7:26 pm

Calls for withdrawal from East Jerusalem, Golan Heights
Israel must quit nearly all occupied land: Olmert

Israel's interim Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Israel must give up virtually all the occupied West Bank
including east Jerusalem, insisting in an interview published on Monday this was key to achieving peace
with the Palestinians.

Olmert, in a caretaker role since quitting on Sept. 21, said he was breaking new ground in calling for a
broad pullback from the occupied West Bank, where Palestinians hope to establish a state, and in the
annexed Golan Heights, which Syria wants back.

http://www.alarabiya.net/articles/2008/09/29/57438.html
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Re: Israeli Politics

Postby dreamon on Mon Oct 13, 2008 6:52 pm

Israel's Livni signs draft coalition deal with Barak

Israel's Kadima and Labour parties on Monday reached an agreement in principle that would pave the way for the formation
of a new government headed by Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, media reported.

Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni's Kadima party signed a draft coalition deal with Defense Minister Ehud Barak's Labor Party. The deal moves
Livni a step closer to becoming Israel's prime minister, political sources said. The accord still needs to be finalized and ratified by
party institutions, the sources said.

http://www.alarabiya.tv/articles/2008/10/13/58178.html

Hope she can pull this off but I think some hardliners will make it very difficult to achieve.

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Re: Israeli Politics

Postby yukon on Fri Oct 24, 2008 12:11 pm

Key Israel party spurns coalition

The religious Shas party says it will not join the coalition Tzipi Livni is trying to form, in a major setback for
the would-be Israeli Prime Minister.

Ms Livni, head of Kadima, the largest party, said on Thursday Israel would face elections if she had not formed
a government by Sunday.

She has the support of the Labour party but is still short of a majority.

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Re: Israeli Politics

Postby dreamon on Sun Oct 26, 2008 8:15 pm

Tzipi Livni's snap election gambit

The head of Israel's governing Kadima party, Tzipi Livni, has given up trying to form a coalition government,
putting Israel on the road to early elections. It is a failure for Ms Livni - but it could have been worse, writes
the BBC's Tim Franks in Jerusalem.

Tzipi Livni has suffered a severe bout of political indigestion. All the reports emanating from her advisers
suggest that she is fed up.

"We'll see these heroes in 90 days," was one of the quotes - referring to the smaller, would-be coalition partners,
and the prospect of early elections towards the start of next year

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7691761.stm

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Re: Israeli Politics

Postby CielOnTap on Thu Oct 30, 2008 9:27 pm

Into the electoral maze
Oct 30th 2008 | JERUSALEM
From The Economist print edition

A power vacuum until the vote in February, and no clear victor in sight

AFTER more than a month of negotiation, Israel’s foreign minister, Tzipi Livni, who was recently elected head of Kadima, the biggest party in the ruling coalition, has given up her struggle to form a fresh coalition government. Instead, a general election will be held in February. The latest opinion polls put Ms Livni a shade ahead of Binyamin Netanyahu, leader of the right-wing Likud party, with Ehud Barak of Labour far behind in third place.

Until a new government is sworn in, usually after a further month or two of post-election haggling, Ehud Olmert will remain in office as prime minister. Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, will dissolve itself on November 11th but can reconvene if urgent legislation is needed. So for the next four or five months, Israel will be without a government likely to take big new initiatives or make tough decisions, especially on the international front.

http://www.economist.com/world/mideast-africa/displayStory.cfm?source=hptextfeature&story_id=12516472

An article from a different UK publication on the government in Israel. There seem to be many elections going on in the world for the federal governments in several countries at this time of the year.
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Re: Israeli Politics

Postby deja vu on Tue Nov 11, 2008 10:17 am

Israel FM slams Olmert's land concession remark

Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni distanced herself on Tuesday from comments by outgoing
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert calling for Israel to give up most of the Arab territories it has
occupied since 1967, including east Jerusalem, if it wants peace.

In an interview with army radio, Livni, who will lead Olmert's centrist Kadima party into a snap
February election, said she was not bound by his policies.

http://www.alarabiya.net/articles/2008/11/11/59893.html
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