Thursday, July 31, 2008

Prime Minister Olmert will quit

Israel's Olmert Quits Amid Probes is the headline in the WSJ's article in today's edition. The two most likely successors are said to be Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and Transportation Minister Shaul Mofaz.

Ms. Livni, 50, a lawyer who served briefly in the 1980s with Israel's foreign intelligence service, is Israel's chief negotiator in peace talks with the Palestinians. Mr. Mofaz, also 50, is a former defense minister and chief of staff of the Israeli Defense Forces. Born to Persian Jewish parents in Tehran, he made global headlines in June when he told a Hebrew-language paper in Israel that a military strike against Iran may be "unavoidable" because of its nuclear program.


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