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Evacuation of 150 West Bank settlers beginsupdated: Tue Jun 26 2012 12:09:00

Israeli security officials on Tuesday started the process of evacuating some 150 Jewish residents from their homes at the West Bank settlement of Beit El.

Anti-immigration protest turns violent in Tel Avivupdated: Fri May 25 2012 01:43:00

A racially charged demonstration against the Israeli government's handling of immigration from Africa turned violent Wednesday night as protesters attacked foreign workers, shattered car windows and vandalized a shop owned by a Sudanese migrant.

Israel forms new unity governmentupdated: Wed May 09 2012 16:32:00

Israel's Likud and Kadima parties agree to form a coalition government. Kevin Flower reports.

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.

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.

Netanyahu calls for early electionsupdated: Mon May 07 2012 07:07:00

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Sunday for early elections.

Netanyahu on an island?updated: Mon May 07 2012 07:07:00

CNN's Brian Todd looks at recent brushback from inside Israel against Netanyahu for his hardline stance against Iran.

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.

Israel prepares to take in Syrians if al-Assad fallsupdated: Tue Jan 10 2012 12:13:00

In an "unprecedented" reaction to internal Arab affairs, an Israeli official said the country is getting ready to absorb fleeing Syrian Alawites if the Bashar al-Assad regime falls.

Israeli lawmakers wrestle with marking deaths in Armeniaupdated: Mon Dec 26 2011 11:30:00

In a move that could further erode already soured relations with Turkey, Israeli lawmakers on Monday debated whether to establish an official day marking what Armenia describes as a genocide 96 years ago.

Glenn Beck a star among right wing in Israeli Parliamentupdated: Mon Jul 11 2011 21:28:00

Outspoken American TV and radio personality Glenn Beck found a friendly audience Monday in the Israeli Parliament as he spoke to a group on how Israel can improve its international image.

Israel, U.S.: Syrian-Golan Heights protests 'provocation'updated: Mon Jun 06 2011 15:51:00

Israel and the United States on Monday blamed Syria for violent protests on the country's border with the occupied Golan Heights.

Israeli investigation to look into allegations against Netanyahuupdated: Thu Mar 31 2011 14:00:00

Israel's top government watchdog said Thursday that his office will launch a probe into allegations that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife took several overseas trips paid for by private individuals while he served as a Knesset member.

Netanyahu moves to cut Israeli food, fuel pricesupdated: Thu Feb 10 2011 14:56:00

Facing mounting domestic political pressure, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Thursday announced a series of economic measures aimed at bringing down rapidly rising prices for food and gasoline.

Ehud Barak, 4 other Knesset members to leave labor partyupdated: Mon Jan 17 2011 15:03:00

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak and four other members of Israel's parliament, the Knesset, are leaving the Labour faction and forming a new, independent faction, according to a letter from the break-away members dated Monday.

Israeli defense minister bolts Labor, forms new partyupdated: Mon Jan 17 2011 09:19:00

Israel's defense minister and Labor party chairman Ehud Barak and four other members of Israel's parliament, the Knesset, are leaving the Labor faction and forming a new, independent party.

Ehud Barak, 4 other Knesset members to leave Labor partyupdated: Mon Jan 17 2011 09:15:00

Israeli Defense Minister and Labor party chairman Ehud Barak and four other members of the nation's parliament, the Knesset, are leaving the Labor faction and forming a new, independent faction.

Former U.S. official calls for release of imprisoned spyupdated: Tue Dec 21 2010 10:20:00

Lawrence Korb, former U.S. assistant secretary of defense in the 1980s, came to Israel's parliament, the Knesset, Monday to urge Israel to take a more pro-active and open campaign for the release of an American imprisoned for spying for Israel.

Israel criticized for barring Palestinian firefightersupdated: Tue Dec 14 2010 17:09:00

Israel's refusal Tuesday to allow four Palestinian firefighters to cross the border from the West Bank to attend a ceremony for their role in putting out the country's largest-ever fire has prompted a torrent of criticism.

Syria rejects Israeli referendum law for ceding annexed landupdated: Tue Nov 23 2010 21:10:00

The Syrian Foreign Ministry rejected Tuesday the Israeli Knesset's passage of a requirement that a referendum approve any Israeli withdrawal from the Golan Heights and East Jerusalem.

West Bank settlement freeze not a done deal, source saysupdated: Mon Nov 15 2010 14:16:00

As optimism flowed from U.S. leaders over the prospect of a settlement freeze in the West Bank, an Israeli government source on Monday tapped the brakes, saying that an agreement over such a freeze still had not been reached.

Israeli PM tells minister to include Jewish immigrants in loyalty oathupdated: Mon Oct 18 2010 18:27:00

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered his justice minister to draft a bill that would apply a new loyalty oath approved by the Cabinet last week to Jewish immigrants as well as non-Jews seeking citizenship, his office said Monday.

Netanyahu would extend settlement freeze in return for recognitionupdated: Mon Oct 11 2010 16:23:00

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday he would renew a temporary halt of settlement construction in the West Bank in exchange for Palestinian recognition of Israel as a Jewish state.

Israeli committee meets in wake of hit-and-run of Palestinian boysupdated: Mon Oct 11 2010 13:45:00

A hit-and-run by an Israeli settler of two stone-throwing Palestinian children led to a shouting match Monday during an Israeli parliament committee meeting that sought to address the practice of activist groups who use minors for violent activities.

Israeli Cabinet approves loyalty oath for new citizensupdated: Sun Oct 10 2010 10:48:00

The Israeli Cabinet has approved an amendment to a citizenship law that requires new citizens to declare their loyalty to a "Jewish and democratic state," the prime minister's office said Sunday.

Israel gets closer to passing loyalty lawupdated: Thu Oct 07 2010 12:38:00

In a move likely to fuel tensions with its minority Arab population, Israel moved a step closer to passing a law that would require new citizens of the country to declare their loyalty to a "Jewish state."

Israel probing claims of flotilla ship theftsupdated: Tue Aug 24 2010 12:00:00

Israel is investigating claims that some of its soldiers stole personal belongings of activists participating in the controversial Gaza aid flotilla in May.

Israel again razes Bedouin villageupdated: Tue Aug 10 2010 13:20:00

On the eve of the holy month of Ramadan, Israeli police re-entered a Bedouin village Tuesday to repeat the demolition of homes they had razed only a few days earlier.

Israel's parliament strips Arab lawmaker of privilegesupdated: Wed Jul 14 2010 11:21:00

Israel's parliament has punished an Arab lawmaker for participating in the Gaza-bound aid flotilla in May.

Israeli Arab lawmakers getting death threats, they sayupdated: Tue Jun 08 2010 11:32:00

Arab lawmakers in Israel are receiving death threats in the wake of efforts to break Israel's blockade of Gaza, one Arab member of the Knesset told CNN on Tuesday.

Israel debates move to ban fur tradeupdated: Wed Mar 17 2010 07:47:00

It started with a graphic documentary on Israeli TV showing cats and dogs being skinned alive for their fur. The program also reported some clothes claiming to be made of synthetic fur were in fact made of real pelt.

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 strips 'catastrophe' of nation's birth from booksupdated: Wed Jul 22 2009 12:49:00

Israeli textbooks for Arab school children will no longer say that Arabs refer to the period surrounding the birth of Israel as al-Nakba, or "the catastrophe," Israel's education minister said Wednesday.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

Palestinian despair deepens ahead of electionsupdated: Tue Feb 10 2009 06:19:00

My eyes stung, I was coughing, my nose was running. Along with cameraman David Hawley and freelance producer Kareem Khadder, I had just been tear-gassed -- not for the first time last Friday -- during a day-long clash between Palestinian kids and Israeli soldiers in the West Bank town of Na'alin, on the West Bank.

Polls point to tough election day for Laborupdated: Fri Feb 06 2009 14:41:00

CNN.com 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

CNN.com profiles the leading parties and party leaders ahead of Tuesday's Israeli elections.

Israeli politician riding 'wave of resentment' ahead of voteupdated: Fri Feb 06 2009 14:38:00

He has been called the raging bull of Israeli politics.

Rebuilding Gazaupdated: Fri Feb 06 2009 14:38:00

Gaza struggles to rebuild infrastructure despite closed borders. CNN's Paua Hancocks reports

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.

Israel police seize shipment headed to Gazaupdated: Sun Dec 07 2008 07:20:00

Israeli police confiscated a shipment of goods destined for Gaza in the latest effort to break a blockade of the Palestinian-controlled region.

Report: Israeli security chief warns of assassinationupdated: Mon Nov 03 2008 08:28:00

Israel's internal security agency is "very concerned" that extremists in that country might assassinate an Israeli leader to disrupt the peace process with the Palestinians, Shin Bet's director said Sunday, according to Israeli newspaper Haaretz.

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 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 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.

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.

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.

Time.com: 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

Time.com: Tzipi Livniupdated: Wed Sep 17 2008 20:10:00

Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni is one step closer to becoming the nation's first female prime minister since Golda Meir. The current prime minister, Ehud Olmert, has decided to resign following corruption allegations involving more than $150,000 in payments from a New York businessman. Livni, 50, has served in Israel's legislature, the Knesset, for less than a decade, but was effectively put on the path to the nation's highest office after claiming victory in Tuesday's primary.

Time.com: 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

This week on Marketplace Middle Eastupdated: Fri Aug 15 2008 06:56:00

In focus: The business of education

Brown addresses Knessetupdated: Wed Jul 23 2008 03:59:00

Gordon Brown becomes the first British prime minister to address the Israeli parliament. ITN's Harry Anscombe reports.

UK PM: Iran threat to Israel 'abhorrent'updated: Wed Jul 23 2008 03:59:00

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown warned that his country would back tougher sanctions against Iran over its nuclear ambitions and denounced Iranian threats against Israel as "abhorrent" in a landmark speech Monday to the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, in Jerusalem.

Facetime with Ahmed Nazifupdated: Fri May 23 2008 08:13:00

With Egypt's GDP running at 7.5 percent and foreign direct investment above $11 billion, the Middle East's most populous country is on the economic upswing. MME's John Defterios (JD) talks with the man responsible for accelerating Egypt's economic reforms and creating a friendly business environment, Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif (AN).

'Foolish delusion'updated: Fri May 16 2008 14:36:00

During a speech to the Knesset, Pres. Bush compares calls to talk with unnamed terrorist groups a 'foolish delusion.'

Time.com: Behind the Bush-Obama Smackfestupdated: Thu May 15 2008 13:55:00

The President takes a veiled swipe at Obama in a speech in Israel, and gets a quick response. Both sides relish the fight, but there are risks for each

Merkel addresses Knessetupdated: Tue Mar 18 2008 14:15:00

German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses Israel's parliament, discussing the Holocaust and Middle East violence.

Merkel admits Germany's 'Holocaust shame'updated: Tue Mar 18 2008 14:15:00

German Chancellor Angela Merkel told Israel of Germany's "Holocaust shame," and asserted its support for the Jewish state during an unprecedented speech to the Knesset on Tuesday.

Row as German chancellor to address Israeli parliamentupdated: Tue Mar 18 2008 07:52:00

Germany's Angela Merkel will make history Tuesday when she becomes the first German chancellor to address Israel's parliament, the Knesset.

Israel: Rocket injures kibbutz childupdated: Sun Dec 16 2007 10:58:00

Shrapnel from a rocket that slammed into a house in southern Israel on Sunday injured a 2-year-old child, according to the Israeli military.

Israeli Cabinet unanimously approves former PM Barak for defense postupdated: Fri Jun 15 2007 13:41:00

The Israeli Cabinet on Friday unanimously approved the nomination of newly elected Labor Party leader Ehud Barak as Israel's defense minister.

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.

Israel probes Arab politician accused of aiding Hezbollah updated: Wed Apr 25 2007 11:34:00

Israeli police announced Wednesday they are investigating an Israeli-Arab politician suspected of laundering money and passing information to the enemy during Israel's war with Hezbollah militants in Lebanon last summer.

Pelosi will talk kidnapped soldiers with Syrian presidentupdated: Sun Apr 01 2007 19:32:00

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Sunday she will bring up the plight of Israeli soldiers kidnapped by the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah during her delegation's visit to Syria next week.

Israeli president: I'm not guilty, I won't resignupdated: Wed Jan 24 2007 08:46:00

Lashing out at the Israeli media for "letting my blood" and "brainwashing" the Israeli public, Israeli President Moshe Katsav on Wednesday vehemently denied impending sex abuse charges and refused to resign.

Rape charge recommended for Israeli presidentupdated: Sun Oct 15 2006 17:20:00

Police in Israel are recommending that the country's president be charged with rape and other crimes against several women.

Suicide bomber kills 4 in West Bankupdated: Thu Mar 30 2006 16:34:00

A Palestinian suicide bomber blew himself up near a Jewish settlement in the West Bank late Thursday, killing himself and at least four other people, Israeli medical sources and police said.

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.

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.

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.

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."

Sharon to knock dust off 'road map'updated: Tue Nov 22 2005 03:30:00

A well-known hawk appeared to spread dovish wings this week as Prime Minister Ariel Sharon abandoned his Likud Party, saying it is unable to lead the country to its "national goals," a move that triggered early elections here.

Sharon shakes up Israeli politicsupdated: Mon Nov 21 2005 15:20:00

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, announced Monday the formation of a new "liberal movement" after resigning from the right-wing Likud Party he helped create, saying it could not achieve Israel's national goals.

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.

Israeli troops arrest 300 protesters entering Gazaupdated: Thu Jul 21 2005 03:12:00

Israeli authorities arrested 300 protesters overnight who were trying to enter Gaza in defiance of a government order banning nonresidents from entering the territory.

Protesters plan to go ahead with Gaza marchupdated: Wed Jul 20 2005 07:01:00

Thousands of Jewish protesters ended their demonstration late Wednesday without renewing their effort to march into Gaza, but organizers said the protest would resume in the morning.

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.

Historic vote pressures Sharonupdated: Wed Oct 27 2004 03:36:00

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's government was under pressure Wednesday after the Israeli parliament -- in a historic decision -- voted to back his plan to pull Israeli troops and settlements out of Gaza and a tiny portion of the West Bank.

Israeli parliament OKs Sharon's withdrawal planupdated: Tue Oct 26 2004 15:30:00

The Israeli parliament has backed Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's plan to pull troops and settlements out of Gaza and part 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.

Decision delayed on Sharon's withdrawal planupdated: Sun May 30 2004 07:41:00

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said Sunday he would give his Cabinet at least another week to discuss his revised plan to withdraw Israeli forces and settlements from parts of Gaza and the West Bank.

Sharon tries to regroup after plan's defeatupdated: Mon May 03 2004 00:24:00

A day after his own party voted down his disengagement plan in a nonbinding referendum, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said Monday that he will consult with his Cabinet, his party and other parties on how to proceed.

Sharon attempts to regroup after defeatupdated: Sun May 02 2004 02:27:00

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon -- a day after his own party voted down his disengagement plan in a non-binding referendum -- said Monday he will consult with his Cabinet, his party and other parties on how to proceed.

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