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  • Debate Rages on Gaza Pullout, Army

    By Leslie Susser

    January 6, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    As the scheduled start of Israel's Gaza withdrawal approaches, settler leaders are raising the specter of mass refusal by religious soldiers to carry out orders, and are warning of disastrous consequences for the Israeli army and society as a whole.

    But high-ranking Israel Defense...

  • 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...

  • Sharon Pushes for Labor, Likud Union

    By Leslie Susser

    December 9, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    Convinced that 2005 will be a year of great peace opportunities, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is throwing his considerable political weight behind a coalition with the Labor Party.

    Sharon sees a Likud-Labor partnership, bolstered by at least one ultra Orthodox party, as the...

  • Sharon Wins Key Likud Party Vote

    By Leslie Susser

    November 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    After a string of embarrassing defeats in his own party, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's victory in the election of key Likud officers raises the chances that he will be able to broaden his government and push through a promised withdrawal from the West Bank and Gaza Strip -- though...

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  • Briefs

    October 28, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Sharon Marks Rabin Assassination Anniversary

    Ariel Sharon apologized for any incitement that may have led to the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin.

    "Our disputes were never personal, they were for the greater good," the Israeli prime minister said at a Jerusalem memorial marking the...

  • U.S. Jews Laud Withdrawal Vote

    October 28, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    American Jewish organizations rushed Tuesday afternoon to express support for Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's Gaza withdrawal plan.

    Sharon's initiative was "not an easy decision, but we fully share the Israeli government's view that it was the right decision to safeguard the...

  • Sharon Weighs His Options: All Tough

    By Leslie Susser

    August 26, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Ariel Sharon has been weighing the options for his government and "disengagement plan" since his humiliating defeat at last week's Likud Party convention, but none of the alternatives looks particularly good.

    Formally, the convention merely voted against continuing coalition talks...

  • France’s Dangerous Cocktail

    By Andre Glucksmann

    August 5, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    On July 18, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon festively proposed to "all the Jews of France" "to move to Israel immediately ... because in France today, one of the wildest forms of anti-Semitism is spreading."

    Sharon is wrong -- not in his concern about a real rise in anti-Semitism in...

  • Turmoil Could Bring Chance for Progress

    By Leslie Susser

    July 22, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Few doubt that Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's disengagement plan has the potential to become a watershed event in Middle Eastern politics, and it already is causing major upheavals in both internal Israeli and Palestinian politics.

    Sharon is being forced to widen his coalition to...

  • Naomi Shemer, Israeli Folk Musician, Dies at 74

    By Dan Baron

    July 1, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    It was a sign of folk singer Naomi Shemer's importance to Israel's national psyche that her death relegated the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to the inside pages of the nation's newspapers.

    Saturday's death of Shemer, at the age of 74 from cancer, spurred Israeli Prime Minister Ariel...

  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    June 17, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Judge Voids Krugel Plea Agreement

    Earl Krugel, a former leader of the Jewish Defense League (JDL), might face a longer than anticipated prison sentence, after a federal judge voided a previous plea agreement.

    Krugel, 61, pleaded guilty last year to conspiring with the late Irv...

  • Backlash Bolsters Sharon’s Gaza Plan

    By Leslie Susser

    May 20, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The Likud Party vote earlier this month against Ariel Sharon's disengagement plan may have been a defining moment in Israeli politics -- but not in the way the ostensible winners, Likud hawks and the Israeli settler movement, had hoped.

    Paradoxically, the Likud's rejection of the...

  • Simply Wrong

    By Bill Boyarsky

    May 6, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The Republicans are praying that President Bush's embrace of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's Gaza withdrawal plan will sway the Jewish vote.

    It is a simplistic way of looking at things, although totally in line with the presidential campaign's simplistic discussion of Israel. For...

  • Sharon Faces Tough Choices After Defeat

    By Leslie Susser

    May 6, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Bruised after a humiliating defeat in his own party, Ariel Sharon is considering dramatic moves to regain the political upper hand.

    But pundits are divided over whether the Israeli prime minister has the strength to extricate himself from the political quicksand in which he seems to...

  • Bush Still Waiting for Reward

    By Ron Kampeas

    April 22, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Ariel Sharon is already reaping political dividends from last week's historic exchange of letters with President Bush, but the U.S. president's payoff depends a great deal on what Israel does next.

    The Bush administration wants to see clear signs in coming weeks that Israel will...

  • Killings May Backfire on Security Issue

    By Jeremy Pressman

    April 22, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    As international peacekeepers flowed into Beirut and PLO fighters withdrew from the city, then-Israeli Defense Minister Ariel Sharon was confident that the Israeli siege of Beirut had been a success.

    "I believe," he said in late August 1982, "Palestinians will come forward prepared...

  • Gaza Plan Foes Face Evangelical Aid Loss

    By James D. Besser

    April 8, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    With the Gaza disengagement plan picking up momentum and Prime Minister Ariel Sharon getting set to pitch the proposal to the Bush administration at Camp David next week, right-wing Jewish groups are counterattacking, hoping to forestall U.S. support for the plan. Their partners in...

  • The Drawbacks of the Proposed Pullback

    By Dr. Nadav Morag

    April 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    The targeted killing of Hamas founder Ahmad Yassin and the "open season" that Israel has declared against Hamas leaders and those of other Palestinian terrorist organizations must be viewed as part of a larger Israeli policy designed to achieve a number of objectives.

    One of the...

  • Bribe Charges Cloud

    By Leslie Susser

    April 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    The state prosecutor's recommendation to indict Ariel Sharon on bribery charges came just as the Israeli prime minister was putting the finishing touches on his plan for Israeli withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and parts of the West Bank.

    If Attorney General Menachem Mazuz decides to...

  • Slaying Raises U.S. Peace Plan Concern

    By Ron Kampeas

    March 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    The death of Sheik Ahmad Yassin will pave the way to Palestinian moderation, Israel and its friends in Washington say.

    But others, including Bush administration officials, are worried that the road just got a lot bumpier.

    The United States scrambled Monday to reassure the world --...

  • Will Sheik’s Assassination Bring Stability?

    By Leslie Susser

    March 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    No one believes Israel is a safer place just after the assassination of Sheik Ahmad Yassin, leader of the terrorist group Hamas.

    The question is whether the assassination and continued Israeli pressure on Hamas will contribute to stability over time.

    In targeting Yassin, Israeli...

  • Gaza Pullout Raises Troubling Questions

    By Leslie Susser

    March 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    If Israel pulls its troops out of Gaza, how can Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon be sure that Hamas won't seize power in the ensuing chaos?

    That's one of the key questions troubling Israeli policy planners. So far, they have come up with a number of answers: Military force to...

  • End the Preoccupation

    By Michael Brooks

    February 26, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Israel advocacy on campus has become a front-burner enterprise for the American Jewish community. Attacks by anti-Israel campus activists, including a fair number of Jewish students and faculty, demoralize and often intimidate most Jewish students who are ill-equipped to counter...

  • Right Wing Girds to Block Gaza Plan

    By Leslie Susser

    February 19, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    The earthquake in Israel that measured 5 on the Richter Scale last week is not the only ground shifting these days in the Jewish state.

    In the wake of the recent announcement by Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon that Israel soon could withdraw unilaterally from Jewish settlements...

  • Reactions Mixed to Gaza Pullout Plan

    By Gil Sedan

    February 12, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Ten years ago, if the Palestinians had been told that Ariel Sharon, father of the Israeli settlement movement, would be offering a near-complete withdrawal from the Gaza Strip, most probably would have rejoiced at the prospect.

    However, when the Israeli prime minister dropped that...

  • Gaza Withdrawal a Risk for Sharon

    By Leslie Susser

    February 5, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    In announcing a plan to evacuate nearly all of the Jewish communities in the Gaza Strip, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is signaling that he's serious about creating large blocs of Palestinian territory free of Israelis -- and that he is willing to gamble with his political...

  • Israel Swaps With Hezbollah

    By Dan Baron

    January 29, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Free at last, but at what price? That was the question on some Israelis' minds over the weekend after a German mediator helped seal the deal on a long-awaited prisoner swap between Israel and Hezbollah, the Lebanese militia group.

    Barring last-minute delays, an Israeli businessman...

  • World Briefs

    January 29, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Was an Offer Made?

    Ariel Sharon denied that his office sought Israeli settlers' agreement to dismantle some illegal West Bank outposts. The denial by Israel's prime minister came after a spokesman for a settlers' group said the group had rejected the offer. Sharon is planning to...

  • Will Sharon Weather Israel ‘Watergate’?

    By Leslie Susser

    January 22, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    As with President Richard Nixon in the Watergate affair, tapes and an attempted cover-up could be the undoing of Israel's scandal-haunted leader.

    After audiotapes and videotapes that aired on prime-time television last week suggested that Ariel Sharon knew more than he has admitted...

  • Hello, I Must Be Going

    By Luis Lainer

    January 22, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    There is something Marxist about Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's pledge to "disengage" Israel from the Palestinians through the completion of a security barrier and the evacuation of a few settlements. Just like Groucho Marx, Sharon is declaring his intention to leave and stay...

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