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Netanyahu Given 14-Day Extension To Form Israeli Government

Haaretz | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

President Shimon Peres on Friday accorded Prime Minister-designate a 14-day extension to form a government. ...

The Return of Benjamin Netanyahu

Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi

Throughout his campaign, the cornerstone of Netanyahu's policy toward the 'Palestinian Question' suggests an intention to deepen the conflict rather than solve it.

Netanyahu Has Got It! Good.

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
MJ Rosenberg

It's time to let Bibi be Bibi. Let him try to govern from the right and see how well that works.

Sure the Israeli Right Won? Peace Lost? Look Closer

Bradley Burston | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bradley Burston

The majority vote was cast for a leadership -- the right wing -- that the public thinks can end the relationship with the most assets for Israelis and preferably no alimony at all for the spouse."

Netanyahu: Better for America, Better For Israel

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
MJ Rosenberg

It will be easier for President Obama to deal with Netanyahu than with the almost equally hawkish Tzipi Livni because Livni seems dedicated to ending the conflict.

It's Prime Minister Netanyahu

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
MJ Rosenberg

Tuesday, the right wing coalition won a clear majority. It is, I believe, inevitable that President Peres will give Netanyahu the first shot at forming a government and that Bibi will succeed.

ISRAELI ELECTION RESULTS: Both Livni, Netanyahu Declare Victory

AP | STEVEN GUTKIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

JERUSALEM — Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and hard-line rival Benjamin Netanyahu both claimed victory Tuesday in Israel's parliamentary election,...

ISRAELI ELECTION RESULTS: Both Livni, Netanyahu Declare Victory

Huffington Post | Hanna Ingber Win | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

***UPDATE Feb 11 12:05AM*** AP reports: Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and hard-line rival Benjamin Netanyahu both claimed victory Tuesday in Israel's p...

Israel's Stubborn Minority

Amy York Rubin | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Amy York Rubin

From first-time voting soldiers returning from Gaza to exhausted progressives, it seems like no one in Israel is satisfied with the way things have been going, or with the choices they see in front of them.

More Miracles in Store on Israel's Election Day?

Karin Kloosterman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Karin Kloosterman

Unlike America's Obama, Israel has no great political "hero" lined up at the ballot box to save us from a nuclear Iran, Hamas terrorists in Gaza, mounting threats from the Syrians, and Hezbollah in Lebanon.

Israel Needs Tzipi Livni

Shunit Harpaz | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Shunit Harpaz

Israelis have already given Netanyahu and Barak a chance to play the prime minister role. And both of them left an after-taste of "no thanks, we wouldn't like to have you again!"

Israeli Elections: Do They Really Matter?

Aaron David Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Aaron David Miller

In the end, regardless of who wins, Obama's domestic priorities, bad peace process options, and Israel's inherent caution are unlikely to generate any wild surprises.

Israel's Election Day: Not a Change We Can Believe In

Ilana Teitelbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ilana Teitelbaum

All three of Israel's candidates for Prime Minister belong to an era that should be receding behind us, not popping up in our ballot boxes again and again.

Elect Livni, Not Netanyahu, to Keep Peace in Reach for Israel

Ahmed Shihab-Eldin | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ahmed Shihab-Eldin

Positioned to win his old job back, Netanyahu's appointment as prime minister is a likely disaster for an already elusive peace process.

Give Us Netanyahu. Please.

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Steve Clemons

Give us Netanyahu. Please. His re-ascension will help Americans realize that the false choice approach the Bush administration had been taking in Israel-Palestine affairs was flawed.

Avigdor Lieberman, Hard Man Of The Right, Is Israel's Kingmaker In Waiting

The Independent | By Donald Macintyre in Umm el Fahm | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Avigdor Lieberman, the far-right politician campaigning on a platform that Israeli Arabs should pledge loyalty to the state or lose their right to vot...

Hopeful, But Not Optimistic

James Zogby | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
James Zogby

It is difficult to be optimistic. But I can be hopeful that, with the appointment of George Mitchell, the region is getting what may very well be its last best chance at securing peace.

Israeli Elections: Terror as Top Concern

Jamal Dajani | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jamal Dajani

With less than a week to go before elections in Israel, the three main rivals are locked in fierce debate not about whether the devastating war in Gaza went too far, but whether it went far enough.

Israel Is About to Make a Misjudgement as Disastrous as Gaza

Johann Hari | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Johann Hari

In a few days, it looks likely to re-elect Benjamin Netanyahu as Prime Minister once again. This is a man calling for the violent re-occupation of Gaza to "liquidate" its elected government.

Israel Vows "Fierce And Disproportionate" Action After Rockets Fired

Guardian.co.uk | Toni O'Loughlin in Jerusalem | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Israel's government has threatened to take "fierce and disproportionate" action in Gaza after Palestinian militants fired six rockets on southern Isra...

Israeli Leaders Tell Mitchell: We Will Respond To Every Hamas Attack

Israel News | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni told United States Mideast envoy George Mitchell that Israel ...

Gaza War Strengthens Israeli Hard-Liners

Nytimes.com | ISABEL KERSHNER | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

JERUSALEM -- With two weeks to go before the Israeli elections, the politicians who seem to have benefited the most from the military offensive agains...

Israel To Shield Troops From War Crimes Accusations

Haaretz | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The government on Sunday ratified a bill granting aid and support to Israel Defense Forces officers in cases where they face suits for alleged war cri...

UN Chief Urges Unilateral Israeli Cease-Fire

AP, CBS News | IBRAHIM BARZAK and MARK LAVIE | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The U.N. chief urged Israel Friday to declare a unilateral cease-fire in Gaza, but Israel rebuffed the idea as its diplo...

Israeli Cabinet Divided Over Fresh Gaza Surge

The Independent | Kim Sengupta and Donald Macintyre in Jerusalem | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Israeli reservists were sent into action for the first time in the current Gaza conflict as the fighting continued yesterday and Palestinian deaths re...