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  • Israeli-Arab lawmaker Tibi hails Arafat at Ramallah rite

    November 16, 2011 | 3:13 pm

    Israeli-Arab lawmaker Ahmad Tibi at a memorial for Yasser Arafat in Ramallah suggested that the Israeli government will soon “propose a ‘death to Arabs’ law.”

    Tibi, speaking Wednesday before a massive crowd marking the seventh anniversary of the Palestinian leader’s death, was...

  • Brazilian president lays wreath at Arafat’s grave

    March 17, 2010 | 11:17 am

    Brazil’s president laid a wreath at Yasser Arafat’s grave after refusing to visit the grave of Theodor Herzl.

    President Luiz Ignacio Lula da Silva met with Palestinian Authority leaders Wednesday in Ramallah.

    “I dream of an independent and free Palestine living in peace in the...

  • Clinton Still Can’t Figure Arafat

    By Tom Tugend

    November 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Although he left the White House nearly five years ago, former President Bill Clinton is still deeply concerned about the Middle East and remains puzzled by his last-minute failure to advance peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

    "There hasn't been one day since I left office that...

  • Letters

    August 25, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Real Intelligence?

    I was very disturbed that you chose to publish the letter by Sabi Israel stating that "to believe in evolution takes just as much blind faith as believing in intelligent design" ("Letters," Aug. 19). This is simply not true. There is no dispute among scientists...

  • 2004 Takes Some Unexpected Turns

    By James D. Besser

    December 30, 2004 | 6:59 pm


    There's nothing as risky as end-of-year predictions, as 2004 so painfully demonstrated.

    Twelve months ago, otherwise sober analysts were predicting a political upheaval among Jewish voters and that Howard Dean, the former Vermont governor, was a cinch to win the 2004 Democratic...

  • Geneva Peace Plan a Win for Arafat

    By Arthur Cohn

    November 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Yasser Arafat is the one who gains the most from the Geneva understandings. The State of Israel is the prime loser.

    During the past months, and especially after the acceptance of President Bush's "road map" to peace, Arafat was urged finally to take concrete and serious steps...

  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    May 16, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Arafat Calls for Elections

    Israeli politicians and pundits alike were skeptical after Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat called this week for new Palestinian elections.

    Arafat called on Palestinian legislators to make "speedy preparations" for new elections, but...

  • Questioning Sharon

    By Adam Rubin

    May 2, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Since Israel launched Operation Protective Wall five weeks ago, rabbis and lay leaders of national and regional Jewish organizations throughout the United States have urged American Jews to stand with Israel and express their steadfast support for its leaders. Even those American...

  • What to Do About Arafat?

    By Leslie Susser

    April 4, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    What to do about Yasser Arafat?

    For months now, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has been convinced that the main problem in Israel's relations with the Palestinians is the president of the Palestinian Authority, Yasser Arafat.

    With virtually any other potential Palestinian...

  • Can Israel Afford to Eliminate Arafat?

    By Avi Davis

    April 4, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    So it has come to this. The once and future president of Palestine, father of his people, so-called architect of their national rebirth, is hunkered down around a sputtering candle as his enemies' jets pound the walls of his compound and grenades explode in his courtyard.

    The scene...

  • After Arafat

    By David Landau

    December 13, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    For the first time, Israeli political debate is focusing openly on the prospect of life after Yasser Arafat.

    This follows a marked drop in the Palestinian Authority president's international standing -- in the eyes not just of the United States but also among other key members of the...

  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    November 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Sharon Defends West Bank Incursion

    Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon defended Israeli incursions into the West Bank in a phone call with Colin Powell. Sharon told the U.S. secretary of state Wednesday that Israeli troops will not leave four Palestinian cities until Palestinians...

  • Cease-Fire Hangs by Thread

    By Gil Sedan

    October 4, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The flimsiest of cease-fires continued in name only last week, as Israelis absorbed two brutal terror attacks and struck back at the Palestinians Authority.

    Even when Foreign Minister Shimon Peres and Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat met last week at the Gaza airport to...

  • Israelis Debate Extent of Arafat’s Control

    By Gil Sedan

    August 2, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Israeli officials once again are debating whether Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat is losing control over his own people.

    The debate harks back to seemingly distant days when the Oslo peace process appeared to be on track but was punctuated by periodic attacks on Israel...

  • Arafat Plays the Religion Card

    By David Landau

    August 2, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat is making Jerusalem the focus of intensified terror in order to accentuate the religious dimension of the 10-month-old conflict with Israel.

    This was the accusation leveled at Arafat this week by top Israeli government analysts following...

  • Arabs Against Arafat

    By Larry Derfner

    June 21, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    "I look at my little boy, and I ask myself, 'What did he do to me that he should deserve this punishment?' I tell you, if I could leave here tomorrow for America, I would."

    We'll call the speaker Mahmoud.

    He is a taxi driver who lives in an Arab neighborhood of Jerusalem. He is a...

  • Sharon Champions Restraint

    By David Landau

    June 21, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, elected four months ago on a pledge to restore Israel's sense of security, finds himself holding back the dogs of war as Palestinian militants continue picking off Israelis on West Bank roads and firing mortars at residential communities.


  • Increased Insecurity

    By Eric Silver

    March 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Yasser Arafat is floundering. Six months into the new intifada, he has achieved nothing for his people. More and more openly, Palestinians are questioning whether their suffering is worthwhile. The world is in no hurry to intervene. Arab leaders, gathered in Jordan this week, were...

  • Walking the Tightrope

    By David Landau

    November 30, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Prime Minister Ehud Barak has launched an election campaign amid violent conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.

    He hopes to conclude the campaign some time in the spring with renewed peace hopes, or, better yet, with a draft peace agreement that he can submit to the public...

  • Arafat’s Culture of Hatred

    By Morton A. Klein

    November 30, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    In 1993, when Yitzhak Rabin began the process he hoped would lead to peace, he understood that the chances of achieving a real peace depended on the Palestinian Arab leaders creating a culture that would encourage their people to embrace peace and coexistence. Rabin insisted that...

  • The State of Play

    By Gene Lichtenstein

    September 14, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    September 13 has come and gone and we are, thankfully, without a Palestinian state - one that Yasser Arafat threatened to create even if it meant a unilateral declaration on his part. That he has backed away from this action - and persuaded a number of reluctant PLO leaders to go...

  • Finally, the Solution?

    By Douglas Davis

    November 4, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Unlike previous efforts at Middle East summitry, this week's Clinton-Barak-Arafat meeting in Oslo did not aim at achieving any dramatic breakthroughs.

    Instead, the three leaders had the more modest goal of creating a positive atmosphere as Israel and the Palestinian Authority embark...

  • Partisan Bickering

    By Michael Shapiro

    October 14, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Israel's backers in Washington have long sought to ensure that foreign aid to the Jewish state remains above the partisan fray. This year, however, that has not happened.

    With Congress and the White House battling over the budget, Israel's nearly $3 billion in annual aid as well as...