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Knesset moves quickly to approve coalition dealupdated: Wed May 09 2012 16:32:00

The Israeli parliament approved Wednesday by a vote of 71-23 a coalition agreement between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party and the opposition Kadima party of Shaul Mofaz.

Netanyahu, king of Israel?updated: Tue May 08 2012 13:54:00

With 30-plus governments since independence (average length less than two years), Israeli politics rarely surprises. But Monday's agreement between Benjamin Netanyahu and Kadima leader Shaul Mofaz did precisely that.

Israel forms unity government, wards off September electionsupdated: Tue May 08 2012 08:18:00

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his right-wing Likud party have agreed to form a unity government with the rival centrist political faction Kadima in a move that will put off elections until late next year and create one of the largest coalition governments in Israeli history.

Former Israeli foreign minister leaves Knessetupdated: Tue May 01 2012 09:59:00

Former Israeli foreign minister and opposition leader Tzipi Livni submitted her resignation from the Knesset Tuesday.

Under pressure from coalition, Netanyahu considers early electionsupdated: Sun Apr 29 2012 16:10:00

Faced with a choice that could tear apart his coalition government, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is considering holding early elections this fall, his spokesman, Mark Regev, said Sunday.

Israeli opposition party picks new leaderupdated: Wed Mar 28 2012 07:42:00

Tzipi Livni, Israel's former foreign minister, lost her fight to remain head of Kadima, Israel's main opposition party.

Netanyahu reaches out to Palestiniansupdated: Wed Mar 25 2009 09:56:00

Incoming Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday his government will be a "partner for peace" with the Palestinians.

Israel: Labor votes to join Netanyahu's coalitionupdated: Tue Mar 24 2009 14:49:00

The Central Committee of Israel's Labor Party voted Tuesday to join a coalition government headed by Likud Party leader Benjamin Netanyahu.

Mandate for Israeli governmentupdated: Fri Mar 20 2009 09:21:00

CNN's Bill Schneider reports on the mixed mandate coming out of Israel's national elections.

Israel: Netanyahu gets more time to form governmentupdated: Fri Mar 20 2009 09:21:00

Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu, running out of time to form a coalition government, was granted a 14-day extension Friday by Israeli President Shimon Peres.

Nationalist could be Israel's next foreign ministerupdated: Fri Mar 06 2009 12:13:00

Israeli media are buzzing with reports that right-wing nationalist Avigdor Lieberman may become Israel's next foreign minister.

Israel: Netanyahu fails to strike deal with Kadimaupdated: Fri Feb 27 2009 09:31:00

Israel's next government is shaping up to be a narrow conservative coalition after designated Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to strike a deal on Friday with the moderate Kadima Party.

Netanyahu woos political adversariesupdated: Mon Feb 23 2009 08:30:00

Days after being chosen to form the next Israeli government, Benjamin Netanyahu met with moderate party leaders in an attempt to lure them into a government under his leadership.

Netanyahu: Iran top threat in Israeli historyupdated: Sat Feb 21 2009 03:19:00

Benjamin Netanyahu, the head of the conservative Likud Party, has been chosen to form Israel's next government, Israeli President Shimon Peres announced Friday.

Netanyahu edges towards coalition dealupdated: Thu Feb 19 2009 08:05:00

Likud Party leader Benjamin Netanyahu has picked up tentative support that could give him the inside track on forming a coalition government and becoming Israel's next prime minister.

Hamas says it may consider Israeli soldier's releaseupdated: Mon Feb 16 2009 15:01:00

The Palestinian militant group Hamas said Monday that it is willing to consider the release of an Israeli soldier who was seized in a cross-border raid more than two years ago.

Israel centrists just keeping leadupdated: Thu Feb 12 2009 14:38:00

Israel's centrist Kadima is maintaining its one-seat lead over right-wing Likud but with about 100,000 ballots yet to be counted the result is not yet official, the Central Elections Committee said Thursday.

Kadima, Likud claim mandate to governupdated: Wed Feb 11 2009 12:54:00

The leaders of Israel's two largest parties jockeyed to form ruling coalitions Wednesday, each claiming a mandate to govern as unofficial election results indicated a virtual tie between them.

Israeli election resultsupdated: Wed Feb 11 2009 12:54:00

CNN's Ben Wedeman reports on the unofficial Israeli election results

Analysis: A mixed message for peacebrokersupdated: Wed Feb 11 2009 12:49:00

"I won!" Tzipi Livni said. My party got the most votes. "Today, the people decided -- Kadima," Livni announced at a victory rally Tuesday night.

Exit polls: Kadima leads Israeli vote, big gains for Likudupdated: Wed Feb 11 2009 01:33:00

Israel's two largest parties each claimed a mandate early Wednesday after exit polls showed a surprise first-place finish by the ruling Kadima party and dramatic gains by its conservative rivals.

Analysis: Israeli vote goes down to wireupdated: Mon Feb 09 2009 05:50:00

Down to the wire. That's what the polling in Israel's election on Tuesday predicts: a tight race between Benjamin Netanyahu, former prime minister (1996-99) and leader of the conservative Likud party, and Tzipi Livni, the current foreign minister and leader of the centrist Kadimah party.

Israeli right gains in polls ahead of voteupdated: Fri Feb 06 2009 14:42:00

Benjamin Netanyahu's right-wing Likud movement maintains a slim lead ahead of next week's parliamentary elections in Israel, but Tzipi Livni's ruling centrist Kadima party still has a chance to pull out a victory, a win that would give it the first opportunity to form a new coalition government, according to polls published on Friday.

Polls point to tough election day for Laborupdated: Fri Feb 06 2009 14:41:00 profiles the leading parties and party leaders ahead of Tuesday's Israeli elections.

Kadima hoping to hold onto powerupdated: Fri Feb 06 2009 14:40:00 profiles the leading parties and party leaders ahead of Tuesday's Israeli elections.

How Israel's electoral system worksupdated: Fri Feb 06 2009 09:32:00

Israel was founded on democratic principles with the Jewish state's declaration of independence in 1948 including a commitment to the "complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants irrespective of religion, race or sex." It has remained a continuous democracy ever since. Peace Prospects Dim as Israeli Elections Loomupdated: Sun Oct 26 2008 17:00:00

Tzipi Livni's inability to form a new ruling coalition will mean early elections next year, but they could ultimately boost prospects for an agreement with the Palestinians

Israel's Livni scraps coalition effort, wants early electionsupdated: Sun Oct 26 2008 12:15:00

Unable to form a new coalition government, Kadima Party leader Tzipi Livni said Sunday she has asked Israeli President Shimon Peres to hold early general elections.

Israel's Livni to call for elections, report saysupdated: Sat Oct 25 2008 21:05:00

Kadima Party leader Tzipi Livni has given up efforts to form a coalition government and will ask President Shimon Peres for early elections in 90 days, Israeli media reported late Saturday.

Israeli election looms as coalition bid rejectedupdated: Fri Oct 24 2008 11:48:00

Elections to chose a new Israeli government appeared closer Friday when the ultra-Orthodox Shas party rejected a bid to join a coalition government headed by Kadima Party leader Tzipi Livni.

Israeli president taps Livni to form governmentupdated: Mon Sep 22 2008 17:05:00

Israeli President Shimon Peres asked Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, head of the Kadima party, to form a new government Monday.

Olmert resigns -- sort ofupdated: Mon Sep 22 2008 17:05:00

The resignation of Israeli President Ehud Olmert doesn't necessarily mean he's gone. CNN's Ben Wedeman reports. What Olmert's Resignation Means for Israelupdated: Mon Sep 22 2008 07:00:00

Although he remains as head of an interim government, the task of forging a new coalition falls to Tzipi Livni, Olmert's replacement as head of the Kadima party

Israeli PM Olmert hands in resignationupdated: Sun Sep 21 2008 21:01:00

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert handed in his resignation to President Shimon Peres on Sunday, Peres announced. Israel PM Olmert Tells Cabinet He Will Resignupdated: Sun Sep 21 2008 05:10:00

Israel's corruption-tainted prime minister told his Cabinet that he would step down, following through on a promise to allow the new leader of the ruling party to try to form a coalition government

Kadima voteupdated: Thu Sep 18 2008 18:45:00

Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, the front-runner to succeed outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, casts her ballot.

Narrow election victory for Israel's Livniupdated: Thu Sep 18 2008 18:45:00

Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni declared victory Thursday in an election to lead the ruling Kadima Party, putting her on a path that could make her Israel's first female prime minister in 34 years. Livni Wins Party Vote to Succeed Olmert in Israelupdated: Thu Sep 18 2008 06:00:00

Tzipi Livni wins a close race (by fewer than 500 votes) to become the new leader of Israel's ruling Kadima Party Who Will Follow Olmert as Israeli Prime Minister?updated: Wed Sep 17 2008 16:45:00

Israel's ruling party stages a primary, forcing its members to choose between moving right and moving left

Kadima Party vote likely to give Israel new prime ministerupdated: Tue Sep 16 2008 18:44:00

More than 70,000 members of Israel's ruling Kadima Party Wednesday will choose a new leader for the party and potentially a new prime minister. Israel's Olmert Prepares for His Last Act updated: Tue Sep 16 2008 16:00:00

Israel's prime minister is bound for the political scrapheap. In his last days, could he become a peacemaker? Olmert to Resign as Israel PMupdated: Fri Sep 12 2008 10:00:00

Ehud Olmert pledged Thursday to immediately resign as Israel's prime minister once his party chooses his successor as leader next week

Olmert could face indictmentupdated: Sun Sep 07 2008 18:56:00

Israeli police recommend indicting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert for corruption. CNN's Paula Hancocks reports

Israeli police recommend charges for PM Olmertupdated: Sun Sep 07 2008 18:56:00

Israeli police on Sunday recommended that outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert be indicted on corruption charges stemming from two investigations, a police spokesman said. Olmert Questioned Again in Probeupdated: Sat Aug 02 2008 00:00:00

Israeli police questioned Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Friday for the fourth time in a corruption investigation that has brought about his political downfall Israel After Olmertupdated: Thu Jul 31 2008 08:00:00

A widely reviled Prime Minister quits, reminding his people of the political stalemate over which he presided

Israel's prime minister to step downupdated: Wed Jul 30 2008 17:07:00

Scandal-hit Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert announced Wednesday that he will not be his party's leader going into the next election. Will Scandal Finally Engulf Olmert?updated: Fri Jul 11 2008 16:00:00

A new set of interrogations pushes Israel's prime minister deeper into flame-out mode. Will his party and his country finally give him the heave-ho?

Israeli PM avoids early electionsupdated: Wed Jun 25 2008 07:42:00

Israeli lawmakers have reached a last-minute deal that will allow embattled Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to stay in power for a few more months. In exchange, Olmert's party agreed to hold primary elections by September 25.

Ruling party 'must be ready' to replace Olmertupdated: Thu May 29 2008 11:23:00

Israel's foreign minister warned the ruling Kadima party Thursday that it must be prepared to replace Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, who is embroiled in a corruption probe, an aide said.

Defense chief urges Israeli leader to step downupdated: Wed May 28 2008 19:17:00

Israel's defense minister said Wednesday that Prime Minister Ehud Olmert should step down while he defends himself against corruption allegations.

Israeli foreign minister joins calls for Olmert to resign updated: Wed May 02 2007 08:51:00

Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni told Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Wednesday that he should resign over his handling of last summer's war in Lebanon.

Olmert nearing Israeli political coalitionupdated: Thu Apr 27 2006 07:18:00

Interim Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's Kadima Party signed an agreement Thursday with the Labor Party to join a coalition, according to a Labor spokeswoman.

Israel declares Sharon permanently incapacitatedupdated: Tue Apr 11 2006 04:07:00

Three months after he suffered a massive stroke, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has been declared permanently incapacitated by the Israeli Cabinet, formally ending his premiership.

CNNMoney: Israeli stocks down after electionupdated: Wed Mar 29 2006 06:11:00

Israeli stocks traded lower on Wednesday after the centrist Kadima Party won the most seats in Israel's parliament, but captured fewer seats than markets had expected.

Olmert vows to seek compromise with Palestiniansupdated: Wed Mar 29 2006 01:59:00

Acting Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is promising to work toward a compromise with the Palestinians after his Kadima party led parliamentary elections, but he warned: "We will not wait forever."

Israeli media: Kadima wins at pollsupdated: Tue Mar 28 2006 03:20:00

Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's 4-month-old centrist Kadima party took the largest share of parliamentary seats in elections Tuesday, according to Israeli media.

Comatose Sharon has stomach drainedupdated: Wed Feb 22 2006 20:08:00

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon underwent a procedure Wednesday to remove excess liquid from his stomach, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Sharon is 'critical but stable'updated: Sun Feb 12 2006 00:11:00

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's condition remained critical but stable the morning after he underwent emergency abdominal surgery, according to a hospital statement Sunday quoted by news agencies.

Sharon survives emergency surgeryupdated: Sat Feb 11 2006 03:35:00

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's life is in "no immediate danger" Saturday after emergency surgery for alarming damage in his intestinal tract, according to a hospital spokesman.

Israel seeks world support over Hamasupdated: Sun Jan 29 2006 16:57:00

Israeli acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert called Sunday for a "unified international position" against a Palestinian government that includes an armed group calling for Israel's destruction.

Sharon's breathing tube replacedupdated: Wed Jan 18 2006 02:27:00

Doctors at Hadassah Hospital replaced the breathing tube of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon early Wednesday, in a procedure a hospital spokesman called "successful."

Israel: Iran must not acquire nuclear weaponsupdated: Tue Jan 17 2006 10:51:00

As Israeli diplomats departed for Russia on Tuesday to discuss deep concerns about Iran's nuclear facilities, acting Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said the Jewish state cannot allow Tehran to acquire nuclear weapons under any circumstances.

Sharon reportedly moves eyelidsupdated: Mon Jan 16 2006 06:22:00

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who is being treated for a massive stroke, moved his eyelids Monday, his family said, according to a hospital statement.

Sharon slightly improved Wednesdayupdated: Wed Jan 11 2006 08:31:00

A week after suffering a major stroke, doctors saw "slight improvement" Wednesday in Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's condition, according to a statement released from Hadassah Hospital.

Doctor: Sharon slightly moves right arm, legupdated: Mon Jan 09 2006 00:00:00

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, recovering from surgeries after a major stroke, responded to pain stimulus Monday by slightly moving his right arm and leg, Hadassah Hospital officials said.

Doctors decide to awaken Sharonupdated: Sun Jan 08 2006 00:05:00

Doctors at Jerusalem's Hadassah Hospital have decided to begin trying to bring Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon out of a medically induced coma on Monday.

Doctors consider waking Sharon updated: Sat Jan 07 2006 06:16:00

Doctors treating Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon say they will meet Sunday at Hadassah Hospital to discuss plans to reduce anesthesia so he can slowly wake up from a medically induced coma.

Sharon's stroke prompts questions for Israelupdated: Fri Jan 06 2006 21:21:00

Unconscious and clinging to life, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was in stable condition Saturday after a third round of brain surgery to treat a major stroke suffered on Wednesday.

Polls: Sharon's party still politically strongupdated: Fri Jan 06 2006 09:19:00

Two opinion polls published Friday suggest that Israelis voting in upcoming elections would strongly support the Kadima political party founded by ailing Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, even without its gravely ill leader.

Sharon stable after 3rd brain operationupdated: Fri Jan 06 2006 00:17:00

Bleeding in Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's brain has been stopped and scans show improvement Friday after a third round of surgery to treat a major stroke, a hospital official said.

George Mitchell: Netanyahu likely to benefitupdated: Thu Jan 05 2006 14:42:00

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon suffered a massive stroke on Wednesday. Whatever his fate, it is bound to reverberate through Israeli politics. Sharon's illness comes just months before a crucial election in March. In that vote, the fate of Sharon's newly formed centrist political party, Kadima, hangs in the balance.

Netanyahu set for Sharon clashupdated: Mon Dec 19 2005 18:15:00

Three weeks after Prime Minister Ariel Sharon bolted its ranks, Israel's right-wing Likud party Monday turned to Sharon's long-time rival, former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as its new leader.

Analyst: 'Damage done' to Israeli politicsupdated: Sun Dec 18 2005 16:49:00

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was taken to a hospital Sunday after suffering what doctors said was a mild stroke.

Israeli defense minister quits Likud Partyupdated: Sun Dec 11 2005 06:16:00

Israeli Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz quit the Likud Party on Sunday to join the party recently founded by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, a spokesman for the new Kadima party said.

Peres quits Labor Party, backs Sharonupdated: Wed Nov 30 2005 13:09:00

Former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres resigned Wednesday from the Labor Party and endorsed his former rival, Ariel Sharon, in the upcoming race for prime minister.

Report: Peres to quit Labor, back Sharonupdated: Tue Nov 29 2005 06:38:00

Former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres will resign from the Labor Party, Israeli Channel 10 reported Tuesday night.

New Israeli party lays out principlesupdated: Mon Nov 28 2005 17:22:00

The new party created amid political upheaval in Israel will support the creation of a peaceful Palestinian state, giving up some land to ensure Israel's Jewish majority and maintaining all of Jerusalem under Israeli control.

Sharon names new party 'Forward'updated: Thu Nov 24 2005 12:52:00

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's new political party registered Thursday morning under the name Kadima, Hebrew for "Forward."

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