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Clear Ideological Focus Marks Olmert

By Leslie Susser

January 12, 2006 | 7:00 pm

Acting Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert sits next to the empty chair of ailing Ariel Sharon during an emergency cabinet meeting.

Ehud Olmert, who took over as acting Israeli prime minister following Ariel Sharon's debilitating stroke, is a career politician with a clear ideological focus. If he becomes prime minister... read full article

  • AFTER SHARON

    By Gidi Grinstein

    January 12, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    History will note the premiership of Ariel Sharon as the pivotal moment when Israel decided that ending control over the Palestinians was in its own, crucial interest. And it was the time that Israel took dramatic unilateral action to pursue that course. Disengagement, defeating...

  • Not All Wish Sharon Well

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    January 12, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Words of concern and sympathy poured in from all over the world after Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon suffered a major stroke. Especially striking were supportive comments from quarters that had once cast Sharon as an inflexible hawk -- or even a war criminal -- but who now gave...

  • Israeli Government Gets on With It

    By Dan Baron

    January 12, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Israel is resigning itself to politics without Ariel Sharon.

    Shock gripped the Jewish state last week when Sharon was hospitalized with a massive stroke, turning to fears for the worst when he underwent repeated surgery.

    Doctors said it could take time to ascertain whether Sharon...

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  • Violent Crime Rises in Israeli Society

    By Gil Sedan

    January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "Suddenly, I receive a telephone call: My brother, Avinoam, is dead. 'Impossible,' I say to myself: 'Avinoam, my kid brother, murdered?'"

    It was a lovely April day when the young couple went down to the popular Nirvana beach in Haifa with their two dogs for a stroll and a cup of...

  • Will Violence Again Flare Up in 2006?

    By Dan Baron

    January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Will the Palestinians start the new year with a renewal of violence?

    That has been the question asked by many nervous Israelis in the final weeks of 2005, as the "truce" declared by Palestinian terrorist groups early last year came to an end.

    True, there was never a complete...

  • Love ‘n’ Bloomers

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The tomb of a venerated rabbi has become the apparent final resting place for the underwear of hundreds of Israeli women looking for husbands.

    Israel's Maariv newspaper reports that authorities have collected around 400 pairs of knickers and bras from the grilles of the tomb's window...

  • The Treasures on Top of the Mountain

    By Lisa Alcalay Klug

    November 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    By many accounts, it ranks just below Jerusalem as one of Israel's most beloved treasures. It holds United Nations Education, Social and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) status as a World Heritage Site. Conde Nast Traveler magazine even named it the "World's Best Monument."

    Masada,...

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