politics

Taking On The Crooks, But First, The DA

02/25/2009
Staff Writer
Leslie Crocker Snyder, 66, has announced that she is again seeking to defeat Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau, 89, in the Democratic primary in September. When she lost in 2005, she won 41.9 percent of the vote and now declares herself to be the “frontrunner” in the primary race. At least three other lawyers have expressed interest in the job but have said they would only run if Morgenthau did not.

Taking On The Crooks, But First, The DA

02/25/2009
Staff Writer
Leslie Crocker Snyder, 66, has announced that she is again seeking to defeat Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau, 89, in the Democratic primary in September. When she lost in 2005, she won 41.9 percent of the vote and now declares herself to be the “frontrunner” in the primary race. At least three other lawyers have expressed interest in the job but have said they would only run if Morgenthau did not.

Let The Coalition Dance Begin

02/11/2009
Staff Writer
As both the Kadima and Likud parties claimed victory in this week’s Israeli election and scrambled to assemble a coalition government, some analysts suggested that Israelis may be heading back to the future with both parties rotating leadership of the country. Both Likud, a right-wing party, and Kadima, a centrist party, immediately rejected the suggestion and asked the other to join their coalition government.

Likud Primary Boosts Feiglin

12/10/2008
Staff Writers
Although political analysts are calling it a stunning defeat for Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu, the strong showing of right-wing politicians in Monday’s Likud primary is not expected to derail Netanyahu’s hopes of becoming Israel’s next prime minister. “It was a blow for Bibi [Netanyahu] because many of those elected were people he successfully got rid of in the last election,” said one analyst who asked not to be named because of his close ties to the Likud Party.

Klan GOP Official In Palm Beach?

12/10/2008
Staff Writer
Palm Beach County Republican Party leaders are breathing a sigh of relief — for now. Unbeknownst to them, Derek Black, 19, who was elected a Republican committeeman in August, is the son of a former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard. He was to have been sworn in last week, but party leaders discovered that he had failed to sign a loyalty oath before the election, which disqualified him.

Getting More Money To Holocaust Survivors

04/08/2009
Staff Writer
Stuart Eizenstat, former U.S. Ambassador to the European Union who held several positions in the Clinton administration, including undersecretary of Commerce, undersecretary of State and special representative of the president and the secretary of State for Holocaust issues, is the new special negotiator for Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany. He held his first negotiating session in mid-March. Q: How would you assess that first session?

Mitchell Meeting Is Bibi’s First Challenge

04/01/2009
Staff Writer
As he settles in after officially assuming the post of prime minister on Wednesday, Benjamin Netanyahu may quickly face his first challenge from George Mitchell, America’s special envoy to the Middle East.

Livni’s Dilemma

03/24/2009
Staff Writer
The expected presentation next week of Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu’s government is likely to intensify pressure on Kadima Party leader Tzipi Livni to join his coalition or face defections, according to political analysts. Livni insisted in an interview with Israeli media that she would not sit “in a government in which I am a permanent minority,” but Gerald Steinberg, a political science professor at Bar-Ilan University, said he heard that refrain before.

Last-Ditch Effort For Shalit

03/18/2009
Staff Writer
As Israeli Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu continued to struggle to put together a coalition government this week, Israelis were riveted to a different drama — the negotiations to free kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit.

‘No Peace Through Coercion’

07/15/2009
Staff Writer
The Israeli government emphatically rejected this week a proposal by European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana to impose a settlement on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict if none is reached by a set deadline, and Israeli analysts dismissed it as infeasible.
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