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Re: Israeli Politics

Postby yukon on Sun Nov 30, 2008 12:22 pm

Livni urges Olmert to step down

Tzipi Livni, the leader of Israel's ruling party, has called on caretaker Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to quit. Attorney-General
Menachem Mazuz has told Mr Olmert he is considering indicting him on corruption charges.

The prime minister has consistently denied any wrongdoing, but he resigned earlier this year following a number
of allegations. Ms Livni, who is preparing for February general elections, is likely to take over as caretaker PM if he
steps down.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7751933.stm

With all of the legal problems that he has, he would be smart to step aside now. Cant be good for the country to have
him stay on with the dark cloud hanging over him.
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Re: Israeli Politics

Postby dreamon on Tue Dec 09, 2008 12:59 pm

Hawks dominate Likud party vote

Israel's right-of-centre Likud party has elected a list of candidates dominated by hardliners for next February's general election.

Polls show that if a vote were held now, Likud would defeat the governing Kadima Party. Monday's ballot was marred by a low
turnout and technical problems which meant the voting was extended.

About 48,500 people voted using a new computerised system, representing just over 49% of the Likud membership.


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Re: Israeli Politics

Postby CielOnTap on Tue Feb 10, 2009 1:32 pm

Livni, Netanyahu neck and neck

STEVE WEIZMAN
Associated Press
February 10, 2009 at 9:42 AM EST

JERUSALEM — The two front-runners in the race to rule Israel made last-minute appeals to voters as polls opened Tuesday in a close general election whose outcome could determine the course of Mideast peace negotiations.

Opinion polls for months have predicted a decisive victory for the hard-line Likud Party, headed by former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. But new polls released over the weekend showed the Kadima Party, led by moderate Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, closing the gap. Voting
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Re: Israeli Politics

Postby CielOnTap on Tue Feb 10, 2009 8:53 pm

Feb 10, 2009 20:26 | Updated Feb 11, 2009 3:07
Both parties claim victory and race to form rival coalitions
By GIL HOFFMAN

Both Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni's Kadima party and Binyamin Netanyahu's opposition Likud styled themselves the winners of Tuesday's elections, after exit polls broadcast on the three television networks showed Kadima would be the largest party in the new Knesset, but the Likud-led right-wing would constitute the larger bloc.

With 88% of the ballot boxes counted by 2:45 a.m., Kadima was leading Likud with a predicted 29 mandates, while the latter had garnered a predicted 27 seats. Israel Beiteinu was expected to earn 15 mandates, Labor 13, Shas 11, United Torah Judaism 4, National Union 4, Hadash 4, Meretz 3, Bayit Hayihudi 3, United Arab List 3, and Balad 2 seats. http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1233304741384&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

Official results sanctioned by the Central Elections Committee were not expected until early Wednesday morning and the final results, including votes from soldiers and emissaries abroad, will only be published on February 18.

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Re: Israeli Politics

Postby CielOnTap on Wed Feb 11, 2009 9:46 am

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Analysis: Election arithmetic puts Bibi in the driving seat
By DAVID HOROVITZ
For all the confusion prompted by the near parity of Kadima and the Likud in Tuesday's election, and even before final adjustments necessitated by Thursday's release of soldiers' votes and the complex surplus-vote distribution, one of the most critical pieces of arithmetic is straightforward.

And it shows that notwithstanding Kadima's victory claims, and its leader Tzipi Livni's insistence that the people of Israel have given her their backing, Likud leader Binyamin Netanyahu can reasonably hope to build a narrow coalition majority with "natural" allies, and she cannot. http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1233304750774&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull
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Re: Israeli Politics

Postby yukon on Thu Feb 12, 2009 2:38 pm

Final results confirm slim lead for Livni

JERUSALEM -- Final results of Israel's parliamentary election confirmed on Thursday that the centrist party of Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni won the contest by a single seat over right-winger Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud.

Former premier Mr. Netanyahu was unlikely to drop the claim he has made since Tuesday's vote that he, not Livni, should nonetheless be given a chance to form a coalition government, because parliament has a broad right-wing majority.

The final result, however, dashed his hopes that the late counting on Thursday of votes from soldiers could swing the result his way.

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Re: Israeli Politics

Postby deja vu on Fri Feb 20, 2009 12:14 pm

Netanyahu to form Israel cabinet

Benjamin Netanyahu, the leader of the right-of-centre Likud party, has been asked to form Israel's next government.

Mr Netanyahu said Israel faced "great challenges" including the global economic crisis and what he said was Iran's wish to obtain nuclear weapons.

He said he would try to form a unity government with his political rivals.

But Tzipi Livni, leader of the centrist Kadima, has suggested she would rather be in opposition than join a government led by Mr Netanyahu.

Kadima narrowly defeated Likud in the election held on 10 February, but Mr Netanyahu has the support of religious and right-wing parties in the Israeli parliament.

His position was bolstered on Thursday when Avigdor Lieberman, head of Yisrael Beiteinu, which favours tightening the Israeli blockade on Gaza, said it wanted him to be prime minister.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7901486.stm


So far he was PM from 1996-1999 and Foreign Minister from Nov 2002-Feb 2003. He didnt get it right the first time as PM, what makes him think he will this time? I dont see things improving. More of the same old guard and no fresh ideas of how to deal with the issues.
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Re: Israeli Politics

Postby out in space on Sun Feb 22, 2009 10:36 pm

No agreement after Netanyahu, Livni meeting
The two are still at odds regarding talks with the Palestinians

Israel's hard-line prime minister designate, Benjamin Netanyahu, promised Sunday to work with the United States to promote peace in the region as he sought to forge a moderate government with his chief rival — but did not reach a deal.

Netanyahu's crucial meeting with the moderate Tzipi Livni was intended to persuade her to ally with him in forming a new government and avoid an unwelcome alliance with ultra-nationalists to his right.

But after their meeting, Livni said the two were still at odds regarding talks with the Palestinians.

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Re: Israeli Politics

Postby dreamon on Wed Mar 25, 2009 11:32 am

Netanyahu says he will be a ‘partner for peace’
Incoming Israeli prime minister tries to temper image as opponent of talks

JERUSALEM - Israel's incoming prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, on Wednesday promised to resume peace talks with the Palestinians after he takes office, saying his government will be a "partner for peace."

The comments were the latest sign that Netanyahu is trying to temper his image as an opponent of the peace process. The Palestinians welcomed Netanyahu's words, but said his words must be matched by actions.

Netanyahu led his Likud Party to a strong showing in last month's parliamentary election by campaigning on a message that was harshly critical of the outgoing government's peace efforts. He said the Palestinians were not ready for independence, and said he would limit his efforts to developing their economy while continuing Israel's military occupation of the West Bank.


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Cant see him as a partner for peace. Thats not the image he shows to the world.

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Re: Israeli Politics

Postby deja vu on Sun Aug 30, 2009 9:29 am

The former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has been indicted in three corruption cases, the attorney general's office says. Mr Olmert has been embroiled in a number of corruption scandals but denies any wrongdoing in all the cases.

The former head of the Kadima party was replaced as prime minister by Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu following general elections in February. The series of probes was a key factor in Mr Olmert's resignation last year. The charges relate to the periods when Mr Olmert was mayor of Jerusalem and a cabinet minister, but before he became prime minister in 2006.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8229521.stm


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