Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert faced a barrage of calls to resign on Friday after he admitted taking cash from an American businessman at the centre of a police investigation into suspected bribery. But Olmert, whose departure could disrupt peace negotiations with the Palestinians, continued with his duties.
Israel said on Tuesday it believed that Iran had restarted its atomic-weapons programme and that a United States-backed campaign to curb Tehran's nuclear ambitions must continue despite a US report it had halted the work. ''It is vital to pursue efforts to prevent Iran from developing a capability like this,'' Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told reporters.
Four decades after they heard what they call an angel's order to leave the United States and move to Israel, a vegan community popularly known as ''the Black Hebrews'' is about to get its own piece of the Holy Land. Identifying themselves as African Hebrew Israelites, about 300 African-Americans arrived in 1969 in the sleepy desert town of Dimona.
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert fended off a public call to resign from his foreign minister by winning critical support from party loyalists on Wednesday amid a crisis over his handling of the Lebanon war. ''The parliamentary bloc stands behind the government and the prime minister,'' lawmakers from Olmert's Kadima party said in a statement.
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert brushed aside calls to resign from his foreign minister and other leading figures on Wednesday, acknowledging he was in a difficult position but vowing to fix all mistakes. Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said the centrist Kadima party needed new leadership to restore the nation's confidence.