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The Rapid Rise And Fall Of Tzipi Livni

How the Kadima leader, once a global symbol of female power, lost it all.

04/03/2012

Jerusalem — Tzipi Livni’s resounding fall in the leadership vote for Kadima, Israel’s largest political party, was as dramatic as her rise to political power.

Tzipi Livni lost last week’s vote for party leader. Getty Images

Knesset Approves Panels to Investigate Left-Wing NGOs

02/02/2011

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- The Knesset House Committee has approved the establishment of parliamentary panels to probe the funding and activities of left-leaning human rights groups and NGOs.

The vote to establish two commissions of inquiries passed the committee Wednesday by a vote of 10 to 6.

One committee will investigate foreign governments' involvement in the funding of Israeli left-wing organizations and the other will investigate Israeli organizations attempting to delegitimize the Israel Defense Forces.

Ehud Barak’s New Faction Receives Four Ministerial Positions

01/18/2011

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak and the four other lawmakers that split from the Labor Party will remain in the government with four ministerial positions.

Four other Labor lawmakers joined Barak in forming a new faction on Monday: Agriculture Minister Shalom Simhon; Deputy Defense Minister Matan Vilnai; Deputy Industry, Trade and Labor Minister Orit Noked; and freshman Knesset member Einat Wilf.

The new ministerial positions were announced Tuesday.

The new party is expected to be called Atzmaut, or Independence.

Ehud Barak Splits From Labor Party to Form New Movement

01/17/2011

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak has split from the Labor party, which he serves as chairman, to form a new party.

Four other Labor lawmakers joined Barak on Monday: Agriculture Minister Shalom Simhon; Deputy Defense Minister Matan Vilnai; Deputy Industry, Trade and Labor Minister Orit Noked; and freshman Knesset member Einat Wilf.

The new party is expected to be called Atzmaut, or Independence. "We are creating a faction, a movement and eventually a party that will be centrist, Zionist and democratic," Barak told reporters Monday.

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