Israeli politics

UPDATE-Avigdor Lieberman Resigns As Israel's Foreign Minister After Indictment


Israel's Foreign Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, submitted his resignation Friday afternoon, ending speculation about whether he would fight to stay in office while fighting fraud charges. He continued to assert his innocence and stressed that he did not believe he was legally compelled to quit.

Lieberman: Political future unclear after indictment.

Knesset Bill Calls For Jan. 22 Elections



Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that national elections will be held on Jan. 22.

The date was released Thursday by the Prime Minister's Office, as it appears on the draft of the bill that would dissolve the current Knesset.

The elections for the 19th Knesset will be held about one year earlier than they were scheduled and four years since the last election.

Olmert Sentenced To Community Service For Breach Of Trust



Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was sentenced to six months of community service for a breach of trust conviction.

Olmert was sentenced Wednesday in Jerusalem District Court. He could have faced up to three years in jail.

The state prosecutors office also dropped a request that the court find that Olmert 's conviction amounted to moral turpitude, which would have prevented the 67-year-old from entering politics for seven years.

Bibi’s Big Shakeup


The stunning, late-night move in Israel this week that cancels early election plans and creates a strong national unity government is an example of the best and worst in Israeli politics.

Tzipi Livni Resigns From Knesset



Former opposition leader Tzipi Livni resigned from Israel's Knesset.

Livni delivered a prepared statement on Tuesday afternoon announcing her departure from the legislature prior to a meeting with Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin at which she submitted her letter of resignation. She did not take any questions from reporters.

"I shall continue to work for a different Israel; our children deserve no less," she told Rivlin upon submitting her resignation.

Lieberman’s Draft Indictment To Go Public

Corruption charges against foreign minister could force him to resign and destabilize governing coalition.

Israel Correspondent

Tel Aviv — Israel’s political system is bracing for a shock.

More than a year after the police recommended indicting Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on corruption charges, Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein is expected to make public this week a draft indictment that could result in the resignation of one of the country’s most powerful politicians.

Political observers say there’s even an outside chance that an indictment could destabilize Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s steady coalition and lead to new elections.

Avigdor Lieberman’s Israel Beiteinu party is the largest coalition partner in Benjamin Netanyahu’s government. Getty Images

Bibi-Obama Drama Is Nothing New, Avner Says

Veteran Israeli diplomat’s behind-the-scenes book reveals long history of dire U.S.-Israel tensions.

Editor And Publisher

For those who fear that U.S.-Israel relations may be at a low point, or that Mideast peace talks are dead in the water (now that Israel has decided not to extend its moratorium on settlement construction), consider the eternal wisdom contained in King Solomon’s words: “This, too, shall come to pass.”

Gary Rosenblatt

Lieberman: Israel Beiteinu Won’t Quit Government


JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said his Israel Beiteinu party will not leave the government, despite several disagreements.

During a news conference Monday, Lieberman did criticize Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for not having more consideration for his largest coalition partner. Israel Beiteinu has 15 seats in the current government, the second largest party in Netanyahu's coalition.

Netanyahu and Lieberman were scheduled to meet later Monday to hash out their disagreements in private.

Even the Weather in Jerusalem Has Become Political

The LA Times Babylon & Beyond blog reported on Sunday that Apple has reunified Jerusalem.

Has Steve Jobs become a United Nations peacekeeper? Did Apple release a new app that unites the holy city of Jerusalem during these tense times? Maybe you thought Jerusalem had already been reunified several decades ago.

Well, it turns out that even the weather in Jerusalem has been politicized. Yahoo, who runs the Apple iPhone Weather app with information gathered by changed created two choices for viewing the weather in Jerusalem – East Jerusalem and West Jerusalem. This is different than the designations on Yahoo's own site and on the site.


What's the Weather Like in Jerusalem? Which Jerusalem?

Bibi Plays Big In Brooklyn

Staff Writer
He may be trailing in Israel, but Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu won a straw poll of sorts in Brooklyn this week. Along a Middle Eastern shopping strip of Brooklyn's Kings Highway on Monday, native Israelis overwhelmingly gave the Likud incumbent a vote of confidence. "I am 100 percent for Netanyahu," said Oded Hakabyov, a native of Eilat, now working as a contractor, as he waited for his wife at the Cholon Market. "If Barak wins, Arafat is going to win," said Hakabyov, referring to Labor Party candidate Ehud Barak and Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat.
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