Thursday evening and the line outside Israel's Channel 2 production facility is getting longer. Dozens of eager fans are waiting to enter the studio for the season finale taping of, "Eretz Nehederet," or "What a Wonderful Country."
Israel's prime minister denied media reports that it is negotiating with the militant group Hamas, which controls Gaza, but said there will be Israeli "consultations" Sunday "regarding the situation in the south."
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.
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.
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.
U.S. President-elect Barack Obama has "a tremendous opportunity" to help negotiate an Israeli-Palestinian peace plan that could help "empower the forces of ... moderation in the Islamic world," former British Prime Minister Tony Blair said Sunday.
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.
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.
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.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice emerged from three-way talks with Palestinians in a good mood, joking and laughing with reporters -- so much so that her guest, U.N. Secretary-General for Somalia Ahmedou Ould-Abdalla, wanted in on the joke.
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has expressed skepticism that Iran is serious about suspending its uranium enrichment program and said the United States expects to "make some movement forward" on a sanctions resolution when U.N. diplomats convene in New York next week.
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.
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.