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Iran is in an "open war" with Israel, President Shimon Peres said Monday, as he pointed the finger at Iran and Hezbollah for last week's bombing in Bulgaria that killed five Israelis.

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Clinton discusses Iran, Egypt with Israeli officialsupdated: Mon Jul 16 2012 09:30:00

The United States and Israel must work together in "smart, creative and courageous" ways to resolve vital regional issues, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Monday in Israel, the last stop on her two-week trip through Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

Israel's Peres to Egypt's Morsi: Peaceupdated: Sun Jul 01 2012 11:37:00

Israel's President Shimon Peres wrote to congratulate Egypt's newly inaugurated President Mohamed Morsi and to emphasize the importance of peace between the countries, Peres's office said Sunday.

Yitzhak Shamir, former Israeli PM, diesupdated: Sat Jun 30 2012 17:49:00

Former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir died Saturday, the country's prime minister's office said. He was 96.

Israel wrong to demand Jonathan Pollard's releaseupdated: Fri Jun 22 2012 10:55:00

The next time an Israeli official petitions the U.S. government to release Jonathan Pollard from prison, we should tell our friend and longtime ally in an unequivocal tone: He will die in an American prison, so stop asking!

Time is running out for Iranian nuclear talks, Peres saysupdated: Mon Jun 18 2012 09:24:00

Time is running out for a diplomatic solution to Western concerns about Iran's nuclear program, Israeli President Shimon Peres said Monday in an interview with CNN.

Vandals paint swastikas on walls of Jewish holy siteupdated: Thu Oct 06 2011 16:15:00

Worshippers who came to pray at Joseph's Tomb, a Jewish holy site in the northern West Bank city of Nablus, found swastikas and graffiti sprayed on the walls.

Israeli PM vows financial changes following nationwide protestsupdated: Sun Jul 31 2011 09:07:00

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Sunday he will gather a round table to form a plan aimed at easing the financial burden on Israeli citizens in the wake of protests across the country.

Thousands take to Tel Aviv streetsupdated: Sun Jul 31 2011 09:07:00

Nearly 50,000 Israelis protested the rising cost of housing Saturday night.

Israeli president: Peace deal 'urgent'updated: Sun Jun 19 2011 14:57:00

Israeli President Shimon Peres calls for a peace deal with Palestinians, saying time is running out for an agreement.

Israeli president: Need for peace deal with Palestinians is 'urgent'updated: Sun Jun 19 2011 14:57:00

Israel's president is calling for an "urgent" peace deal with Palestinians, saying time is running out for an agreement.

Obama to meet with Netanyahuupdated: Thu May 05 2011 08:57:00

President Barack Obama will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on May 20 in Washington, the White House said.

Peres thanks U.S. for backing Israelupdated: Sun Apr 10 2011 16:10:00

While visiting Congress, Israeli President Shimon Peres thanks the U.S. for decades of Israeli support.

Controversial Israeli construction approved as Obama meets with Peresupdated: Tue Apr 05 2011 15:51:00

A Jerusalem municipality planning committee approved a plan to build 942 housing units in Gilo, a disputed neighborhood in Jerusalem, just before Israeli President Shimon Peres was to meet with President Barack Obama in Washington.

Sonia Peres, wife of Israeli president, dead at 87updated: Thu Jan 20 2011 13:34:00

Sonia Peres, the wife of Israeli President Shimon Peres, died at her Tel Aviv home Thursday morning, a president's spokeswoman said. She was 87.

Medvedev makes 'historic' visit to West Bankupdated: Tue Jan 18 2011 12:16:00

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev visits the Palestinian territories on a "historic" trip Tuesday as part of his Middle East tour.

Flotilla incident hurts relations between Israel, Turkeyupdated: Sun Sep 26 2010 14:00:00

Israel's decision in May to intercept an aid flotilla headed to Gaza -- an incident that left nine people dead -- remains a diplomatic stumbling block between Israel and Turkey, the countries' leaders said Sunday.

No thaw between Israel and Turkeyupdated: Mon Sep 20 2010 15:46:00

Relations between Israel and Turkey remained icy here Monday as presidents sought to come together on moving toward shared goals for global development.

Israel denies apartheid South Africa nuke talksupdated: Mon May 24 2010 11:08:00

Israel "has never negotiated the exchange of nuclear weapons with South Africa," its president's office said Monday, after a British newspaper claimed such talks had taken place.

Talks could restart between Israel, Palestiniansupdated: Sun May 02 2010 14:09:00

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the weekend welcomed the Arab League's endorsement of peace talks with the Palestinians.

Shai Agassi: One man's mission to turn all cars electricupdated: Mon Apr 19 2010 14:03:00

Shai Agassi is a man on a mission -- an ambitious one to wean the world off its oil addiction and turn everyone into electric car drivers.

Foreign minister: 'Not reasonable' to stop building in East Jerusalemupdated: Wed Mar 17 2010 15:54:00

Pressure on Israel to refrain from building housing in East Jerusalem is "not reasonable," Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Wednesday.

Biden highlights close U.S.-Israeli ties on Middle East tripupdated: Tue Mar 09 2010 16:21:00

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden emphasized the close relationship between the United States and Israel as he met with Israeli leaders Tuesday, a visit that also touched on relations with Palestinians and Iran.

Hamas to discuss possible deal to release Israeli soldierupdated: Mon Nov 23 2009 08:33:00

Talk of a possible deal to release an Israeli soldier captured more than three years ago heightened Monday amid diplomatic activity in the region.

Israel detains ship loaded with weaponsupdated: Wed Nov 04 2009 13:16:00

In the largest naval seizure of it kind, Israeli Navy commandoes captured a ship loaded with "hundreds of tons" of weapons headed for Syria, Israeli military officials said Wednesday.

Peres favors diplomacyupdated: Tue Oct 20 2009 16:08:00

CNN's Paula Hancocks asks the Israeli president about the Goldstone report, Iran and Israel's relationship with Turkey.

Israel's Peres rejects U.N. Gaza reportupdated: Tue Oct 20 2009 16:08:00

Israeli President Shimon Peres rejected a United Nations report on his country's incursion into Gaza as "one-sided" and "unfair" in an interview with CNN.

Israel rejects findings of UN report on Gaza incursionupdated: Mon Oct 12 2009 15:58:00

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in a Monday speech at the opening session of the Knesset, slammed a United Nations report critical of Israel's tactics during its offensive into Gaza.

Israel on Iran: All options still on tableupdated: Mon Sep 21 2009 14:10:00

Israel on Monday restated its long-standing policy regarding Iran after Russia's president indicated that Israel had taken the military option off the table.

Israeli PM heads to Egypt for talks on peace processupdated: Sun Sep 13 2009 06:58:00

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he will fly to Egypt Sunday to discuss the Israeli-Palestinian peace process with President Hosni Mubarak.

Netanyahu under pressureupdated: Sun Sep 13 2009 06:58:00

Israeli prime minister walks thin line in decision for new settlements

Israeli president discharged from hospitalupdated: Sun Sep 13 2009 02:47:00

Israeli President Shimon Peres was released from hospital Sunday, a day after he fainted in Tel Aviv, his office said.

Israeli President Peres faints after speechupdated: Sat Sep 12 2009 23:10:00

Israeli President Shimon Peres fainted Saturday evening after giving a speech in Tel Aviv, the president's spokeswoman told CNN.

Israeli president urges two-state solutionupdated: Tue Jun 09 2009 14:09:00

Israeli President Shimon Peres on Tuesday stressed the need for a two-state solution in the quest for Israeli-Palestinian peace, a position out of step with the current Israeli government.

Obama's Mideast/European tripupdated: Tue Jun 09 2009 14:09:00

A look back at President Obama's trip to the Mideast and Europe.

Bankruptcy chicupdated: Mon May 18 2009 00:08:00

CNN's Carol Costello reports more people are seeing bankruptcy as a way out of financial hardship.

Peace key for Mideast economies, leaders sayupdated: Mon May 18 2009 00:08:00

As top government and business leaders wrapped up a weekend forum on the Middle East, all eyes were moving toward Washington to restart the stalled Arab-Israeli peace process that many say lies at the heart of political and economic instability in the region.

Politics interrupt pope during Gaza visitupdated: Mon May 11 2009 21:34:00

With his visit already bogged down in historical disputes, the pope's message of peace in Gaza was interrupted Monday by an impromptu speaker who fueled the longtime resentment between Palestinians and Israelis.

Biden prods Israel on settlementsupdated: Mon May 11 2009 10:29:00

Vice President Joe Biden prodded Israel on Tuesday to halt the expansion of its settlements on the West Bank, a move he called a necessary step toward ending the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Pope to embark on Mideast tourupdated: Fri May 08 2009 23:58:00

Pope Benedict XVI will leave for a weeklong tour of the Middle East Friday morning, the first papal visit to some of Christianity's most holy places since Pope John Paul II made the pilgrimage in 2000.

On the Banks of the Jordan Riverupdated: Fri May 08 2009 23:58:00

CNN's Ben Wedeman gives a short history of the Jordan River ahead of the Pope's visit.

Israel rejects blame for deaths, damage to U.N. facilities in Gazaupdated: Wed May 06 2009 15:22:00

Israel won't accept "one word" of a U.N. report blaming it for deaths and more than $10 million in damage to U.N. buildings during its monthlong offensive in Gaza, its president said Wednesday.

Iran's leaders on 'wrong side of history,' Israeli president saysupdated: Mon May 04 2009 14:15:00

Iran's "fanatical rulers" pose a nuclear threat to the Middle East and "are on the wrong side of history," Israeli President Shimon Peres said Monday.

Pope to visit Middle East in second week of Mayupdated: Sun Mar 08 2009 12:31:00

Pope Benedict XVI will visit Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian territories May 8-15, he announced Sunday.

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.

Zakaria: Turkish-Israeli leaders' clash reveals passionsupdated: Fri Jan 30 2009 17:33:00

Thousands turned out to greet Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on his return home from Davos, Switzerland, on Friday, a day after a heated exchange with Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres over Israel's military campaign in Gaza.

GPS: Open Commentaryupdated: Fri Jan 30 2009 17:33:00

CNN Fareed Zakaria comments on the mood of the world economic forum in Davos Switzerland.

Peres, Erdogan in 'amicable talks' after Davos spatupdated: Fri Jan 30 2009 11:04:00

Israeli President Shimon Peres said he had an amicable phone conversation with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a day after Erdogan stormed offstage during an angry exchange with Peres at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Peres: We have silent supportupdated: Fri Jan 30 2009 11:04:00

Israeli President Shimon Peres says many countries silently support the offensive in Gaza.

Turkish PM cheered after Davos walkoutupdated: Fri Jan 30 2009 06:58:00

Thousands of people turned out to greet Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on his return home from Davos Friday, a day after he stormed off stage following a heated exchange with Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres over Israel's military campaign in Gaza.

Turkish PM slams Israel over Gaza campaignupdated: Thu Jan 29 2009 20:49:00

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan stormed off stage at the World Economic Forum on Thursday during an angry discussion with Israeli President Shimon Peres over the crisis in Gaza.

Muslim world reacts to Obamaupdated: Wed Jan 28 2009 19:28:00

CNN's Nic Roberston reports on the Arab response to President Obama's overtures.

Cease-fire's success is on Hamas, Israel saysupdated: Wed Jan 28 2009 19:28:00

A cease-fire between Israel and Gaza will hold only if Hamas ends weapons smuggling into Gaza and halts rocket fire into Israel, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told the top U.S. envoy to the Middle East on Wednesday, Israeli media reported.

Time.com: 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.

Time.com: Israel Reconsidering Saudi Peace Planupdated: Sun Oct 19 2008 12:00:00

Israeli leaders are seriously considering a dormant Saudi plan offering a comprehensive peace between Israel and the Arab world

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.

Time.com: 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.

Time.com: 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

A nation comes to a standstillupdated: Mon May 19 2008 09:55:00

Israel marks Memorial Day for fallen soldiers and victims of attacks.

Israelis, Palestinians clash as Bush arrives in Israelupdated: Wed May 14 2008 22:39:00

Israelis and Palestinians clashed in Gaza, killing four Palestinians including a teen, as President Bush arrived Wednesday in Israel to prod the oft-stalled Mideast peace process.

Time.com: Israel Looks to Electric Carsupdated: Sun Jan 20 2008 22:00:00

In a first-of-its-kind program, the government hopes to put charging stations all over the country and get gas guzzlers off the roads starting in 2011

Bush: I'm 'nudging' Israelis, Palestinians toward peaceupdated: Wed Jan 09 2008 13:31:00

President Bush claimed credit Wednesday for "nudging" Israeli and Palestinian leaders toward a two-state peace deal just hours after he arrived in the region on a Mideast tour.

World leaders condemn killingupdated: Thu Dec 27 2007 23:55:00

Bhutto's death stirs international outrage as world leaders fear instability in Pakistan. CNN's Robin Oakley reports.

World reaction: Tributes pour inupdated: Thu Dec 27 2007 23:55:00

World leaders reacted with sadness, shock and condemnation Thursday to the assassination of former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, some expressing concern about the nation's democratic process:

Face Time with Shimon Peresupdated: Mon Dec 03 2007 05:30:00

There's renewed hope this week that peace may finally become a reality in the Middle East.

'Face Time' with Shimon Peresupdated: Mon Dec 03 2007 05:30:00

Marketplace Middle East talks with Israeli President, Shimon about the "Industry for Peace Initiative."

This week on MME:updated: Thu Nov 29 2007 03:45:00

"Face Time" with Shimon Peres: As leaders from the Middle East meet in Annapolis, Maryland for the peace summit, MME sits down with Israeli President, Shimon Peres.

Pope, Peres discuss Mideast peaceupdated: Fri Sep 07 2007 00:28:00

Pope Benedict XVI and Israeli President Shimon Peres discussed Middle East peace efforts on Thursday, with both sides saying the atmosphere was favorable for Israelis and Palestinians to work to end decades of conflict.

Israel gets 'sign of life' from captive soldierupdated: Wed Sep 20 2006 05:09:00

Israeli officials Wednesday said that a "sign of life" had been received from Cpl. Gilad Shalit, who was kidnapped in a cross-border raid by Palestinian militants.

Israel lists conditions needed for peaceupdated: Mon Jul 31 2006 14:05:00

With hopes dimming for a quick end to fighting in Lebanon, Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Shimon Peres presented five conditions Monday that he said must be met before Israel can achieve peace with Hezbollah.

Airstrikes and artillery pound Gazaupdated: Thu Jun 29 2006 02:37:00

Israel rounded up members of the Hamas-led Palestinian government Thursday, and warplanes fired a rocket into the Palestinian Authority's Interior Ministry building in Gaza City.

Iran pledges $50 million to Palestiniansupdated: Sun Apr 16 2006 18:37:00

Iran will give the Palestinian Authority $50 million and urged other Muslim countries to follow suit, Iran's top diplomat said Sunday.

Peres: 'Ahmadinejad represents Satan'updated: Sat Apr 15 2006 15:05:00

Former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres responded to threats made by Iran's president against Israel, saying Mahmoud Ahmadinejad "will end up in the same way as [Saddam] Hussein."

Fortune: Where old media still matterupdated: Thu Jan 26 2006 17:24:00

Justin Fox reports: For members of the Old Media, Davos remains stuck in a blissful time warp where they still matter and there's no Matt Drudge or Instapundit or Daily Kos around to cause trouble. Genius that he is, World Economic Forum founder Klaus Schwab long ago swept the people who run the world's newspapers, magazines and TV networks into a tight embrace, and he's not letting go, at least not yet.

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.

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.

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.

Moving to the centerupdated: Fri Dec 02 2005 18:01:00

It takes bold leadership to bring together a bitterly divided country. And that's what happened. Not in the United States. But still the political Play of the Week.

Raz: Peres' move could help peace processupdated: Wed Nov 30 2005 13:41:00

Veteran Israeli politician and former prime minister Shimon Peres has left his Labor Party and offered support to former rival Ariel Sharon. CNN's Jerusalem correspondent Guy Raz assesses what led to the move and what effect it may have on Israeli politics and the peace process.

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.

Labor pulls out of Sharon governmentupdated: Sun Nov 20 2005 13:46:00

Israel's Labor Party voted Sunday to withdraw from Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's ruling coalition, a move that is expected to force the dissolution of Israel's parliament and leave Sharon poised to leave the right-wing Likud party to form a more moderate political organization.

The quest for greatnessupdated: Fri Jul 15 2005 03:17:00

This month Richard Quest embarks on a quest for greatness.

Karachi tsunami relief camp attackupdated: Sun Jan 30 2005 11:24:00

Nearly three dozen people roared up on motorcycles to the main building of Karachi's largest news group Saturday, overpowering the security staff and ransacking the reception area, offices and a relief camp set up to collect goods for tsunami victims.

Sharon invites Labor to join governmentupdated: Fri Dec 10 2004 03:27:00

In a move to avert early elections, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon on Friday invited the Labor Party to join a new coalition government, a Sharon spokesman said.

Sharon party agrees coalition planupdated: Thu Dec 09 2004 10:59:00

The central committee of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's ruling Likud party has voted to allow Sharon to form a new government that would include the opposition Labor Party.

Israel's Labor chief: Party willing to join Sharonupdated: Thu Dec 02 2004 07:24:00

The head of Israel's opposition Labor Party signaled Thursday that his party is willing to join a unity government with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon because it backs his plan to pull out of Gaza and parts of the West Bank.

Labor to join talks on forming new Israeli coalitionupdated: Mon Jul 12 2004 05:37:00

Israeli Labor Party chief Shimon Peres said Monday that his party will enter talks to form a national unity government with Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, an alliance that would carry out Sharon's plan to withdraw from Gaza and parts of the West Bank.

Israel's 'bomb in the basement'updated: Wed Apr 21 2004 05:33:00

Israel's nuclear reactor was built with the help of the French more than 40 years ago near the town of Dimona in the Negev Desert.

World leaders look to tech, not politicsupdated: Tue Jan 27 2004 19:07:00

"I do not see much hope in the political domain, but a lot of hope in the technological domain," said Shimon Peres last week at a private breakfast he hosted in a knotty wood-paneled ski-hotel dining room in Davos, Switzerland.

Fortune: Genomics, Globalization, and Girls 178 smart people went up a mountain to gaze beyond today's business scandals. Here's what theupdated: Mon Oct 28 2002 00:01:00

For a couple of days this summer FORTUNE brought together 178 CEOs, scientists, teachers, politicians, think-tankers, activists, investors, former Presidents, and nobility of various gradations to ...

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ISRAELIS are facing up to a new kind of war. A decade of hyperinflation has brought the country close to economic Armageddon. Now Israel is battling back. ''We don't have the luxury of watching our...

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