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  • Who will succeed Olmert?

    July 31, 2008 | 4:58 pm

    Though the political jockeying to succeed Ehud Olmert began long before his announcement Wednesday that he would not seek re-election, the prime minister’s would-be successors face a tenuous political landscape.

    In the short term, Olmert’s announcement means he will stay in...

  • Now that Obama is in Israel, what should we expect?

    July 23, 2008 | 1:40 am

    Latest:

    Barack Obama arrived in Israel and stressed the historic ties between the United States and the Jewish state.

    The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee is on a Middle East and European tour aimed at shoring up his foreign policy credentials.

    “I want input and...

  • Olmert seen as lackluster at Paris

    By Roy Eitan

    July 15, 2008 | 2:44 pm

    PARIS (JTA) -- As a career politician with a love for the urbane, Ehud Olmert might have been expected to shine at the Union for the Mediterranean conference on Sunday.

    But the Israeli prime minister, faced with a spiraling corruption scandal at home, appeared subdued -- some said...

  • Israel-Hamas truce begins and Israelis are ready if it fails

    By Roy Eitan

    June 24, 2008 | 8:39 pm

    JERUSALEM (JTA) -- While nowhere near coexistence, Israel and Hamas are trying out an accommodation of sorts with an Egyptian-brokered truce in the Gaza Strip.

    The deal came into effect at dawn on June 19 and seemed to be holding until late Monday night, when a Palestinian mortar...

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  • Cease-fire with Hamas appears imminent

    By Leslie Susser

    June 17, 2008 | 3:51 pm

    JERUSALEM (JTA)—A six-month cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, due to go into effect Thursday, could help create conditions for wider peacemaking between Israel and the Palestinians.

    But there are two huge potential stumbling blocks: Israeli generals doubt whether the “tahadiyeh,”...

  • A way to peace: carrot-and-stick approach might break impasse

    By Gidi Grinstein

    October 12, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    We seem to be at an impasse. Israel is in dire need of a new political architecture regarding the Palestinians. While it remains of existential importance to end Israel's control over the Palestinian population, there now seems to be no viable way to do so. It looks as if there is...
  • 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...

  • Rethinking Restraint

    By Naomi Segal

    November 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    A terror bombing against an Israeli school bus in the Gaza Strip thisweek is forcing Prime Minister Ehud Barak to reevaluate his response toPalestinian violence.

    Since violence erupted across the region in late September, Barak hasadhered to what he has described as a policy of...

  • Running Low

    By David Landau

    March 9, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Prime Minister Ehud Barak is down on that commodity so essential to a politician -- luck.

    On Tuesday, in a screaming headline, the country's largest-circulation daily, Yediot Achronot, announced that an unnamed minister was under investigation for sexually molesting a staffer.

    Within...

  • 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...

  • Barak’s Threatened Promises

    By Julie Wiener

    July 8, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The post-election optimism among advocates of religious pluralism in Israel has dampened somewhat with the inclusion of three Orthodox parties in Israel's new government.

    Reform and Conservative leaders -- who have been lobbying for years to have their rabbis, institutions and...

  • The Temperature’s Rising

    By Naomi Segal

    July 1, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The latest eruption of violence along Israel's northern border has spawned varying assessments of what exactly sparked the escalation -- and whether it will affect fledgling peace overtures between Israel and Syria.

    In a spiraling cycle of violence, nine Lebanese were killed when...

  • Ties Still Bind

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    May 20, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    With Monday's victory of Labor candidate Ehud Barak as Israeli prime minister, we can once again put to rest the age-old stereotype that American Jews are disinterested in Israel. As this week's Gallop poll indicates, nothing could be farther from the truth. A full 82 percent of...
  • Dress Reversal

    September 10, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Dress Reversal

    How a certain cocktail dress could determine the future of Middle East diplomacy

    Sitting in the lobby of Washington's May-flower Hotel last weekend, the famously quick- tongued Yossi Beilin formerly Shimon Peres' right hand man, for once...

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