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2006-06-11 16:45:26

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - Israeli helicopter air strikes killed two Hamas militants and wounded a bystander in Gaza on Sunday after rockets fired by the Islamist group seriously wounded an Israeli civilian. The Israeli army confirmed the first strike, saying a helicopter fired a missile shortly after the men launched a rocket from northern Gaza. Medics confirmed Israel had killed the first Hamas fighters since November. A second Israeli helicopter struck close to a car...

2006-06-11 14:53:19

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - Israeli helicopter air strikes killed two Palestinian militants from Hamas and wounded a bystander in Gaza on Sunday after rockets fired by members of the Islamist group seriously wounded an Israeli civilian. The Israeli army confirmed the first strike, saying a helicopter fired a missile shortly after the men launched a rocket from northern Gaza. Medics confirmed Israel had killed the first Hamas fighters since November. A second Israeli...

2006-04-06 04:56:38

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Interim Prime Minister Ehud Olmert received the formal nod on Thursday to form a government, which he has pledged would set Israel's permanent borders within four years with or without Palestinian consent. "I have the honor to announce that I have decided to ask member of parliament Ehud Olmert to form the government," President Moshe Katsav said after meeting Olmert. Olmert, whose centrist Kadima party came in first in last week's election with 29 seats in the...

2006-04-05 05:41:45

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli President Moshe Katsav will announce on Thursday he has asked interim Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to form a government after his Kadima party won elections last week, the presidential office said in a statement. The statement said Katsav would meet Olmert on Thursday. "At the conclusion of the meeting there will be a news conference at which the president will declare that he is giving the responsibility of forming the government to Ehud Olmert," said...

2006-04-04 07:26:51

By Dean Yates JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel's interim Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said on Tuesday his centrist Kadima Party expected the Labor Party to be its senior partner in a coalition government being formed after elections last week. With Labor leader Amir Peretz at his side, Olmert said he wanted to form a government soon. Talks are expected to begin when President Moshe Katsav gives his formal approval, possibly as soon as Wednesday. Kadima won the most seats in the March 28...

2006-04-04 04:21:03

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Interim Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, who hopes to set a border unilaterally with the Palestinians, plans to announce talks for a joint government with the leftist Labor Party, a political source said on Tuesday. Olmert and Labor Party leader Amir Peretz "are going to announce a formal entry into negotiations" for a new coalition after Olmert's victory in a March 28 national election, a political source said. A joint news conference is scheduled for later...

2006-04-02 04:28:05

By Dean Yates JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel took its first steps toward forming a new government on Sunday when the president began meeting political parties for talks likely to focus on an expected coalition led by interim Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. Several parties should back Olmert to be the next prime minister after his centrist Kadima party won most seats in March 28 elections -- even though it fared worse than predicted. President Moshe Katsav opened discussions with Kadima...

2006-04-01 17:14:02

By Allyn Fisher-Ilan JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel will take its first step on Sunday toward forming a new government after elections last week but likely prime minister Ehud Olmert faces obstacles in putting together a stable administration. Most party leaders are expected to back Olmert, the head of the centrist Kadima party, as prime minister in talks with Israeli President Moshe Katsav due to start at noon (0900 GMT). Olmert is expected to be named in the job by mid-April and...

2006-03-30 04:24:10

By Megan Goldin JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Interim Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said in comments published on Thursday he would not rule out including right-wing parties in a coalition government he is building after winning elections. Negotiations to form a coalition headed by Olmert's centrist Kadima are expected to intensify next week after the party's smaller than expected win in Tuesday's parliamentary election. Kadima secured just 28 seats in the 120-member parliament,...

2006-03-28 22:26:23

By Corinne Heller NEVE ILAN, Israel (Reuters) - With giant pictures of Ariel Sharon as a backdrop, Ehud Olmert finally drew the spotlight as the interim prime minister celebrated victory in Israel's general election. "Ehud, King of Israel!" activists chanted at his Kadima party's election headquarters on Wednesday, echoing a popular chant that had greeted Sharon at the high points of a decades-long political career. Sharon, Israel's prime minister since 2001, suffered a stroke in...


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