Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu moved forward with efforts to assemble a broad governing coalition after recruiting former Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni with a promise to let her manage peace talks.
The more Israel’s former foreign minister and chief negotiator, Tzipi Livni, talks about making peace with the Palestinians, the more polls show her dwindling into obscurity before next week’s election.
Sheldon Adelson, the U.S. casino mogul who has called himself the world’s richest Jew, couldn’t vote in Israel’s parliamentary elections in January. That didn’t stop his free daily newspaper, Yisrael Hayom, from publishing a front-page editorial last year arguing in favor of bombing Iran’s nuclear facilities -- an option voiced by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s lead heading toward elections on Jan. 22 has been little affected by the entry into the race of former Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, according to a poll published today.
Israeli President Shimon Peres granted Benjamin Netanyahu two additional weeks to form a coalition government as the prime minister urged heads of all parties to show responsibility and join together in unity.
Tzipi Livni, the former Israeli foreign minister who condemned Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for failing to advance peace efforts, agreed to join his coalition and manage talks with the Palestinians.