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  • Who Causes Anti-Semitism?

    By Leonard Fein

    January 8, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    There is a gathering hysteria in the American Jewish community that is dangerously self-destructive. Life as a Jew these days may not be -- is not -- a bed of roses, but neither is it a bed of thorns. Yet to hear some in our community tell it, thorns are all there are.

    Consider:...

  • Showdown Nears in Settlements Battle

    By Larry Derfner

    January 8, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    It would be hard to exaggerate how fateful, how historic is the drama about to begin at the settlement outposts. Here's where things stand:

    Within a few months, we will pretty well know if Israel's 36-year occupation of the West Bank and Gaza will be on its way out or here to stay.

    ...

  • Sharon Cool on Assad Peace Offer

    By Leslie Susser

    January 8, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Once upon a time, a Syrian president calling for peace talks would have been met by Israeli leaders rolling out the red carpet.

    But Bashar Assad's recent overtures toward Israel, first made in an interview with The New York Times, have failed to excite Israeli decision-makers.

    The...

  • Olmert Withdrawal Plan Stirs Up Israel

    By Leslie Susser

    December 11, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    In a single passionate interview recently, Ehud Olmert, Israel's deputy prime minister, managed to do what most politicians only dream about -- recast a nation's political and diplomatic agenda.

    Although Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has been talking vaguely about "unilateral steps,"...

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  • Sharon’s Plans for Peace Draw Fire

    By Leslie Susser

    November 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    After several years in office that have been characterized by ongoing violence and diplomatic stalemate, Ariel Sharon says he is determined to press ahead with new peace moves that could include "painful concessions" to the Palestinians.

    The prime minister's remarks last week...

  • Sharon Takes Unilateral Steps

    By Leslie Susser

    October 30, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    In the nearly two months since Mahmoud Abbas resigned as Palestinian Authority prime minister, the United States has stepped back from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In the meantime, Israel has adopted a two-pronged policy, taking bold unilateral moves while encouraging Abbas'...

  • Gaza Attack Points to Shared Struggle

    By Sam Fox

    October 23, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    If the world needed yet another sign that the United States and Israel were engaged in the same struggle against international terrorism, it was given a cruel one Wednesday, Oct. 15, when Palestinian terrorists killed three American security agents and wounded a junior official from...

  • Israel Addresses Fence Concerns

    By Ron Kampeas

    October 16, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Israel is plotting each meter of its security fence with great care and consideration, Israeli officials say -- not just to keep terrorists out, but to keep the United States on Israel's side.

    With the Bush administration close to Israel on most other issues of Middle East...

  • Israel Urged to Complete Security Fence

    By Leslie Susser

    September 18, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    With Israel and the Palestinians seemingly on the brink of a new round of terrorism and response, calls for the speedy completion of the barrier between Israel and the West Bank are growing.

    Recent Palestinian attacks in Jerusalem and central Israel, along with Israel's targeted...

  • World Left Guessing on Arafat’s Future

    By Ron Kampeas

    September 18, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    In September 1982, an Israeli sniper in Beirut had Yasser Arafat's head in his gunsights, and he waited for an order from Ariel Sharon, who in turn was awaiting word from Jerusalem: Kill him or set him free?

    Sharon, then defense minister, soon got the order from Prime Minister...

  • Pressure on Israel Grows After Summit

    By James Besser

    August 7, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    If you're confused about this week's developments in U.S.-Israel diplomacy, don't worry; you're not alone.

    Only days after Prime Minister Ariel Sharon seemed to score a decisive victory in the Battle of the Mideast Summits, reports emerged that the administration is cranking up the...

  • Palestinians Face Hamas Dilemma

    By Larry Derfner

    June 19, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The three young Fatah guerrillas in the West Bank city of Tulkarm, wearing masks and holding AK-47s, had just received advance payment to start a second career -- as Palestinian policemen fighting terror, according to an Arab journalist present. They were paid by aides of Mohammed...

  • Air Strikes Gives ‘Road Map’ a Push

    By Leslie Susser

    June 19, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The violence that threatened to scuttle the nascent "road map" peace plan last week seems to have had quite a different result.

    It has redoubled the resolve of American, Israeli and Palestinian leaders to prevent terrorism from wrecking the reconciliation process launched in Aqaba,...

  • U.S. Jewish Leaders Face Risky Situaton

    By James D. Besser

    May 29, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    As a new round of Mideast peacemaking begins, U.S. Jewish leaders are putting themselves on the line for a government in Jerusalem, whose real intentions are more impenetrable than ever.

    In a flurry of actions and statements in recent days, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon just added to...

  • Sharon Interview: Truth or Bluff?

    By Leslie Susser

    April 17, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    It's customary for Israeli prime ministers to express their wishes for peace on the eve of the major Jewish holidays. But with speculation rife about how the war in Iraq will affect the prospects for Israeli-Palestinian peace, a mid-April interview with Prime Minister Ariel Sharon --...

  • Mixed Message

    By Leslie Susser

    March 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    As the Israeli army mounted a major operation in the Gaza Strip this week, questions were being asked about the ability of Israel's new, right-wing government to advance the peace process with the Palestinians.

    Israeli officials claimed the Gaza operation actually was intended to...

  • Sharon’s Election Brings Full Agenda

    By Steven L. Spiegel

    February 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    In the wake of the tragic death of Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon on the Space Shuttle Columbia, there was Ariel Sharon, the prime minister and prime healer, providing solace on national television. Just five days earlier, Sharon had won a stunning election victory, and it is clear...

  • Sharon Faces Tough Fight Over Coalition

    By Leslie Susser

    January 30, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Ariel Sharon is one of the savviest politicians Israel has produced. It was Sharon who brought disparate right-wing parties together to form the Likud Party in 1973. It was also Sharon who, two years ago, persuaded a battered and bruised Labor Party to join a national unity...

  • Voters Say Election Will Change Little

    By Matthew E. Gutman

    January 30, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    "Go vote," the ex-general commanded, looking straight into the cameras.

    Voter apathy apparently was uppermost on Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's mind when he lumbered into a Jerusalem polling booth Tuesday at 8 a.m. sharp.

    Brushing aside a barrage of questions from...

  • Israeli Elections: What Comes After?

    By Leslie Susser

    January 23, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The election campaign winding to a close this week should have been about which party has the best plan to extricate Israel from the current cycle of Palestinian terror and economic decline.

    Instead, it focused almost exclusively on sleaze in the political system and corruption...

  • Scandal Could End Sharons Career

    By Leslie Susser

    January 16, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Even if he is reelected, the financial scandal dogging him could spell the end of Ariel Sharon's political career.

    Sharon is accused of taking an illegal loan from a South African friend to pay off other illegal loans to his past political campaigns. The prime minister has not been...

  • Sharon Vows More Targeted Killings

    By Naomi Segal

    January 2, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is vowing to step up targeted killings of suspected Palestinian terrorists. Israel's practice of targeted killings is not new, but Sharon's statements again threw a spotlight on the controversial policy.

    He made the comment following a terror attack Dec....

  • Vote Scandal Could Cost Likud Election

    By Leslie Susser

    December 19, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Until now, the Israeli election campaign has seemed like a formality: The only question seemed to be how large a majority Likud Party leader Ariel Sharon would win when the ballots were counted.

    Not any more. Pundits say a police investigation into allegations of corruption in the...

  • Likud Heads Right, Labor Goes Center

    By Leslie Susser

    December 12, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The Likud Party's list of Knesset candidates, chosen in a party primary this week, left Ariel Sharon's campaign strategists scratching their heads.

    With national elections approaching on Jan. 28, they had meticulously laid out a centrist strategy in which the prime minister directs...

  • Netanyahu, Sharon Face-Off

    By Leslie Susser

    November 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The smart money says Israelis won't have to wait until next January's general election to know who their next prime minister will be: Nearly all the pundits agree it will be the winner of the Nov. 28 Likud Party leadership primary between Ariel Sharon and Benjamin Netanyahu.

    The...

  • Sharon’s Elections Gambit

    By Leslie Susser

    November 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Early elections may not have been Ariel Sharon's first choice, but his decision to go to the polls as soon as possible enables the savvy Israeli prime minister to make a number of political and diplomatic gains.

    By calling the shots, Sharon comes across as a powerful leader still...

  • IDF Could Target Gaza Next

    By Naomi Segal

    October 10, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    A new Israeli military operation has many wondering if the army now has the Gaza Strip in its sights.

    For months, Israeli forces have been engaged in a massive anti-terror operation in the West Bank, but have not carried out such operations in Gaza. Several reasons were given,...

  • A Confident Failure

    By Larry Derfner

    August 15, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Talk about cognitive dissonance. The mood in Israel may never have been so hopeless, the indices of quality of life may never have pointed so sharply downward, and yet the calmest, most content person in the country appears to be Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. Politically, at least,...

  • Sharon’s Fine Line

    By Leslie Susser

    August 8, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    As Palestinian terrorism takes an ever-increasing toll, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is seeking to walk a fine line: taking tougher measures to deter terrorists without escalating the situation further.

    The volume of terror continues apace -- 13 people died and more than 80...

  • Tensions Grow Between Allies

    By Leslie Susser

    June 6, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Ariel Sharon counts President Bush as a personal friend and a supporter of Israel, but signs indicate that Israel and the United States may be on a collision course over Middle East diplomacy.

    If there is a collision in the offing, it may become apparent soon, because the Israeli...

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