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2006-03-27 20:10:00

By Jeffrey Heller JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israelis vote in an election on Tuesday billed by interim Prime Minister Ehud Olmert as a referendum on his plan to uproot some Jewish settlements and set Israel's borders if peace efforts with Palestinians stay frozen. Opinion polls predict Olmert's centrist Kadima party, founded last year by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon before he suffered a stroke and went into a coma, will win some 34 seats, enough to form a governing coalition in the...

2006-03-27 10:32:28

By Jonathan Saul JERUSALEM (Reuters) - One candidate handed out flowers, one prayed and one went to the market. But Israeli voters showed little interest in the last-minute activities of top politicians trying to win them over for Tuesday's general election at the end of a campaign that many in the Jewish state see as the dullest they can remember. "I won't vote. There is no point any more," said shopper Ofer Levy, 58 on Monday. "No party has the interests of the people at heart...

2006-03-24 08:15:00

By Allyn Fisher-Ilan JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Gulping down his ration of chicken and rice at a Jerusalem soup kitchen, Shmuel Lax says he does not plan to vote in Israel's election on Tuesday. "Who represents me anyway?" the 51-year-old asks, bitter at his lengthy unemployment and meager welfare stipend. Lax worked for years at an Israeli food factory and later as a fabric dyer before losing his job after a leg injury. Now he is among the growing number of Israeli poor. Soup kitchens like the...

2006-03-23 08:11:28

By Megan Goldin PETAH TIKVA, Israel (Reuters) - Israel's most influential electoral bloc is saying "Nyet" to interim Prime Minister Ehud Olmert just days before his Kadima party is expected to win a general election. Failure to win the Russian vote in Tuesday's election could hamper the ability of a Kadima-led government to implement far-reaching policies such as setting final borders and dismantling Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank. That is why Kadima officials are...

2006-03-23 08:10:00

By Megan Goldin PETAH TIKVA, Israel (Reuters) - Israel's most influential electoral bloc is saying "Nyet" to interim Prime Minister Ehud Olmert just days before his Kadima party is expected to win a general election. Failure to win the Russian vote in Tuesday's election could hamper the ability of a Kadima-led government to implement far-reaching policies such as setting final borders and dismantling Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank. That is why Kadima officials are worried at the...

2006-03-15 08:17:38

By Jeffrey Heller JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Ehud Olmert fought the battle of Jericho and the praise came in a cascade of headlines in Israel on Wednesday hailing his dramatic move ahead of a national election less than two weeks away. The operation at a prison in the West Bank city to seize a Palestinian militant leader accused by Israel of killing one of its cabinet ministers in 2001 may not have been popular overseas, but it won applause inside the Jewish state. "We got them,"...

2006-03-08 10:52:18

RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas disavowed a newspaper report on Wednesday which quoted him as saying he hoped Israel's interim prime minister, Ehud Olmert, would win upcoming elections. A senior aide to Abbas said Italy's Corriere della Sera daily misquoted Abbas when it had him saying in an interview: "I hope that Olmert wins ... I know him well, and I believe that I could work with him in a productive way." Olmert assumed power after Israeli...

2006-03-08 09:35:58

ROME (Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said in remarks published on Wednesday that he hoped Israel's interim prime minister, Ehud Olmert, would win upcoming elections in the Jewish state. "We respect the free will of the Israelis. I hope that Olmert wins. I know him well," Abbas told Italy's Corriere Della Sera newspaper in an interview. Abbas did not elaborate on his reason for backing Olmert. Olmert assumed power after Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was...

2006-03-07 01:55:00

By Dan Williams JERUSALEM (Reuters) - For once, Israeli politicians aren't so quick to promise peace. Broadcast campaigns for March 28 elections kicked off on Tuesday with little of the past rhetoric by Israel's high-flying hawks and doves on how best to end conflict in the Middle East. Instead, the dominant Kadima Party and main rivals Labor and Likud made do with more modest vows to set Israel's borders through unilateral West Bank withdrawals. Fringe factions preferred to focus on issues...

2006-02-27 08:15:00

By Megan Goldin JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Even though Ariel Sharon lies comatose in a hospital, his plan for redrawing Israel's political map is moving ahead unchecked. The Kadima party that Sharon formed just weeks before his massive stroke on January 4 has a commanding lead ahead of a March 28 general election, far in front of the right-wing Likud party that the prime minister ditched as too extreme. The success of Kadima, whose name means "forward," derives from a yearning among Israeli voters...