Israeli government

Outrage over East Jerusalem plans

By Ben Lynfield, June 6, 2008

In the face of criticism from the Palestinian Authority, the United States and the UN, Israeli housing minister Zeev Boim has defended a decision to expand Jewish housing in parts of East Jerusalem considered as settlements by the international community.

Mr Boim said that the decision to build nearly 900 units at Har Homa and in Givat Zeev was taken with the “knowledge and approval” of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and underlined the government’s policy to maintain Jerusalem as an undivided capital.

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Livni’s Mossad past charms our media

By Alex Brummer, June 6, 2008

Profiles of Ehud Olmert’s heir-presumptive, Tzipi Livni, focus on her James Bond credentials

The idea of a woman PM is still unusual enough to make the progress of Tzipi Livni to the top of Israel political tree fascinating. Israel may have been here before, in the age of Golda Meir (1969-74), but it is long enough ago for this generation of political watchers to have forgotten.

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Olmert in crisis

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 30, 2008

Kadimah inner circle to discuss future

The pressure on Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to leave office greatly intensified this week after Defence Minister Ehud Barak demanded that he resign or suspend himself from the premiership until the investigation into his alleged bribe-taking was over.

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Israeli politician who advocates ‘transfer’ of Arabs due in London

By Shelly Paz, May 30, 2008

One of Israel’s most controversial politicians, former deputy prime minister Avigdor Lieberman, has been invited to London next month by Keren Kayemet L’Yisrael and the Israel Business Club, in an attempt to spark  debate that will assist fundraising.

“Many of the members of the Israeli and the Jewish community in London, who are likely to donate money, do actually agree with Lieberman’s opinions,” said Dubi Bergman, KKL’s representative in London.

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Shul 'sex sting' charges likely

By Nathan Jeffay, May 23, 2008

Israel’s Ministry of Justice looks set to prosecute a chazan accused of trying to land himself the country’s top cantorial job by tempting its incumbent with a honey-trap.

Jerusalem police believe that freelance chazan Israel Rand hired a female private investigator to tempt his former teacher, Naftali Hershtik, the cantor of the Great Synagogue in Jerusalem, into a sexual encounter.

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'Israel has failed to learn from Lebanon War'

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 16, 2008

Israel has not implemented the lessons from its disastrous war in Lebanon, almost two years ago, says one of the country’s leading strategists.

According to a memo prepared by Professor Yehezkel Dror, a member of the Winograd Commission set up to investigate the war, and seen by the JC, the government has not carried out the commission’s main recommendations.

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Olmert faces political ruin over bribes inquiry

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 9, 2008

A new, potentially devastating corruption investigation into the financial affairs of Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert threatens to unseat him.

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Germany must lead Iran pressure, summit told

By Toby Axelrod, May 9, 2008

Israel is on the brink of a decision similar to the one it faced 60 years ago and should be prepared to go it alone unless the world helps pressure Iran to drop its nuclear ambitions.

So argued those at a conference in Berlin last weekend.

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Israel should not fight polygamy

By Geoffrey Alderman, May 2, 2008

Many Bedouin have been killed while serving in the IDF. Time to show their culture some respect

The Israeli government has recently announced a programme to tackle the “problem” of polygamy amongst its Bedouin citizens.

There is no such “problem”.

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Israel agrees to graves pay-out

By Leon Symons, April 18, 2008

Israel has finally agreed to pay for the restoration of a British war-graves cemetery in Gaza City, damaged when it launched an operation after the abduction of Corporal Gilad Shalit in June 2006.

A memorial stone, perimeter wall, trees and a number of headstones were damaged in that operation and in a second incident a week later.

Britain issued a formal complaint after the Israelis ignored a letter from its embassy in Tel Aviv. After initially denying responsibility for the damage for months, Israel has now agreed to pay NIS 145,000 (£20,600).

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