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Prime Ministers of Israel

Weighing up the risks of a second Holocaust

'It's 1938', says former Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, 'and Iran is Germany, racing to arm itself with atomic bombs.'

Sunday, 17 December, 2006, 12:00am

The crafty caretaker with a sweeping agenda

Ehud Olmert's political career almost ended three years ago when he finished an embarrassing 33rd in Likud Party primaries for Knesset candidates, far behind lesser known figures. Luckily for him, 38 candidates on the list made it into the Israeli parliament.

1 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Labour likely to press Kadima for negotiation with Palestinians

The dovish Israeli Labour Party's emergence from this week's election as the likely key coalition partner of acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's Kadima party will boost chances for negotiations with the Palestinians and slow Mr Olmert's move towards unilateral steps in the occupied West Bank, analysts said yesterday.

31 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

A vote for progress by Israeli people

Israel stands on the threshold of a fresh turn in its short, troubled history. Despite a weaker-than-expected showing by the Kadima party in Tuesday's election, voters have turned away from the conservative dogma that the territories conquered in 1967 cannot be relinquished for the sake of security. That belief has undermined at every turn efforts to achieve a lasting peace.

30 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Olmert's humble act likely a winner

In his three months filling in for the stricken Ariel Sharon, acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has chosen to work out of his old office and not the prime minister's office.

Similarly, at cabinet meetings he has left empty the chair occupied by Mr Sharon before being felled by his stroke, even though it was clear that Mr Sharon would not be coming back.

26 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Underdog Peretz charts new path as Israeli election nears

Israeli Labour party leader Amir Peretz broke with tradition as campigning was stepped up for the March 28 parliamentary election, trying to convince voters that growing poverty and social distress should be their top consideration rather than the conflict with the Palestinians.

18 Mar 2006 - 12:00am


Bristling with security, the private visit of Shimon Peres to Hong Kong last week came under the guise of science and technology.

Members of the Hong Kong Police VIP protection unit and Mossad-trained bodyguards featured prominently as Mr Peres explored the idea of strengthening co-operation between Israel and Hong Kong in these fields.

9 Mar 2004 - 12:00am

Peres reveals recipe for happiness

'Peace is like love. You have to close your eyes a little bit'

Shimon Peres - former Israeli prime minister, Nobel Peace Prize winner and Labor party leader of his strife-torn nation - has some sage advice on peace and love.

At 80 years of age, the father of three and grandfather of six peddles a soft message in his bid for global peace.

6 Mar 2004 - 12:00am

Violent intentions

I concur with K. J. R. Borthwick's opinion on the tragic and intractable problems of the Middle East (South China Morning Post, January 16).

23 Jan 2002 - 12:00am

Back on the rails

It could be said of the latest peace accord reached by Israel and Palestine yesterday, that the easier bit is over. Fraught and tortuous as the process has been since former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu backed out of his commitment on the Wye River Memorandum, far thornier issues lie ahead.

6 Sep 1999 - 12:00am

Soldier offers peace

However often prospects of Middle East peace are dashed, fresh hope is never far away if only because a settlement would so obviously be in the interests of the vast majority of those concerned.

17 Jul 1999 - 12:00am

Tough job

The elected Prime Minister of Israel, Ehud Barak, has vowed to make peace the aim that he will strive to achieve.

Being a military veteran, he experienced war and its destructive elements. Thus he has chosen to follow the hard route - the road to peace.

11 Jul 1999 - 12:00am

Peace on hold

Once again, the Middle East peace process is on hold. Israel's ruling right-wing coalition voted in anger against its own Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and backed a call for new elections.

23 Dec 1998 - 12:00am

A bumpy road to peace

Almost 20 years ago, when Israel's Attorney-General Elyakim Rubinstein first set foot in Hong Kong, it was as chief of staff to the foreign minister, Moshe Dayan.

It was a time of optimism, when Israel had just signed a peace treaty with Egypt, its first with an Arab country and one in which Mr Rubinstein had played a key role.

9 Dec 1998 - 12:00am

Netanyahu makes it easier for right to swallow peace

IN the two years since Israel elected Benjamin Netanyahu Prime Minister the prospect of Middle East peace has become more real - despite the rhetoric spun by all sides involved.

17 May 1998 - 12:00am