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  • Palestinian Unity: Israel’s Dilemma

    May 2, 2011 | 3:03 pm

    Skeptics and optimists in Israel are squaring off following the surprise reconciliation between the two rival Palestinian factions.

    The skeptics argue that by mending fences with Hamas, a terrorist organization that denies Israel’s right to exist, the secular Fatah party led by...

  • Olmert’s embrace of hawks could cost him Labor support in coaliton

    By Leslie Susser

    October 26, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    In a bold gambit designed to bolster his shaky coalition, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is bringing a hawkish party into his coalition, guaranteeing him the support of 78 members of the 120-seat Knesset and possibly one of the most stable governments in Israeli history.

    The...

  • Amona Violence an Uncertain Harbinger

    By Leslie Susser

    February 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Had Ariel Sharon been able to continue as Israeli prime minister, his main strategic goal would have been establishing a new long-term border between Israel and the West Bank.

    That remains the primary aim of his Kadima Party, but last week's violent clashes between settlers and...

  • Turmoil Grows as Withdrawal Nears

    By Leslie Susser

    July 7, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    With Israel's withdrawal from the Gaza Strip scheduled to begin on Aug. 15, escalating right-wing and settler protests threaten to plunge the country into anarchy and could provoke a strong anti-settler backlash.

    Protesters last week blocked major highways, poured oil and scattered...

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  • Is Bibi Set to Challenge Sharon?

    By Leslie Susser

    June 16, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Everyone in the Israeli political establishment knows it's only a matter of time before Benjamin Netanyahu challenges Prime Minister Ariel Sharon for leadership of the Likud Party and the country.

    But speculation is now rife that the challenge could come sooner than expected.

    ...
  • Army Chief Doubts Survival of Israel

    By Leslie Susser

    June 9, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    It's not every day that Israel's No. 1 soldier expresses doubts about the country's long-term survival. But that was part of a bleak message from Lt. Gen. Moshe Ya'alon that has shaken the country's political establishment.

    In a wide-reaching, early June interview in the daily...

  • Cease-Fire Appears on Verge of Collapse

    By Leslie Susser

    May 12, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    Just three months after it was ushered in at a peace summit in February, there are growing signs that the cease-fire between Israel and the Palestinians may be on the verge of collapse.

    There has been a dramatic increase in the number of terrorist attacks in the Gaza Strip, there...

  • Bombing Creates Quandary for All

    By Leslie Susser

    March 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    The late February suicide bombing in Tel Aviv shattered a three-month lull in terror and brought key Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking issues into sharp relief.

    The terror attack, which came just three weeks after Israeli and Palestinian leaders declared an end to more than...

  • But Will It Last?

    By Leslie Susser

    February 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    The dust is still settling after last week's summit at the Egyptian resort town of Sharm el-Sheik, but early signs on the ground are highly contradictory.

    Last week, just 48 hours after the summit, Palestinian terrorist groups fired more than 50 mortar shells at Jewish...

  • 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...

  • Obstacles Remain in Post-Arafat Era

    By Leslie Susser

    November 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    The post-Arafat era has begun with high hopes in Washington, London, Jerusalem and even Ramallah -- but many of the obstacles that prevented peace in Arafat's day remain, and it's not clear whether any of the major players has the single-minded determination to make peace happen.

    ...
  • Fate of Sharon, Gaza May Hang on Vote

    By Leslie Susser

    October 21, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    With opposition mounting among settlers and in his own Likud Party, Ariel Sharon's political future and the fate of his plan to withdraw from the Gaza Strip and northern West Bank may be decided in the Knesset next week.

    The Israeli prime minister hopes to win a decisive majority in...

  • Israel Distrusts Syria Peace Talks Proposal

    By Leslie Susser

    September 16, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Under strong pressure from Washington to pull Syrian forces out of Lebanon and prevent cross-border terror against U.S. troops in neighboring Iraq, Syria's President Bashar Assad has again been talking about a readiness for peace with Israel.

    The Israeli establishment, however, is...

  • 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...

  • Bombing Adds Insult to Ruling on Fence

    By Dan Baron

    July 15, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The International Court of Justice may have ruled it illegal, but Israel's West Bank security barrier has at least one new supporter.

    For Sammy Masrawa, it was more baptism by fire than conversion, after Masrawa witnessed a bombing that killed an Israeli woman and wounded at least...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Idea of Binational State Resurfaces

    By Leslie Susser

    January 15, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    When the Palestinian Authority prime minister warned recently that Palestinians might abandon their goal of an independent state and instead seek a single state of Arabs and Jews, Ahmed Qurei was playing one of his trump cards in the conflict with Israel.

    The idea is ultimately to...

  • 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,"...

  • Geneva Accord Stirs

    By Leslie Susser

    December 4, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    After its gala launch in Switzerland this week, the unofficial Israeli-Palestinian peace proposal known as the Geneva accord is rapidly picking up international support.

    Monday's festive launch was designed to generate international and grass-roots pressure on leaders on both sides...

  • 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'...

  • 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...

  • Sharon Loses Some Influence With Bush

    By Leslie Susser

    July 31, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    After President Bush's late July meetings with the Israeli and Palestinian prime ministers, one thing is clear: Ariel Sharon no longer will have things all his own way in Washington.

    Bush pointedly expressed admiration and respect for Mahmoud Abbas, the new Palestinian Authority...

  • Signs of Thaw Seen in Israel-Europe Ties

    By Leslie Susser

    July 17, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    After years of mutual distrust and periodic acrimony, there are signs of a thaw in relations between Israel and Europe.

    As Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was feted in London this week, Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom pressed a new "friendship with Europe" initiative. Also, the European...

  • No Major Names for Jerusalem Mayor

    By Leslie Susser

    May 29, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Next week's vote for mayor of Jerusalem will be unprecedented: For the first time since the reunification of the city in 1967, no major national figure is running.

    The front-runners are three candidates who, until now, were little known: a high-tech multimillionaire, a...

  • Victory in Iraq Key for Israel

    By Leslie Susser

    March 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The war in Iraq may not be Israel's war, as Prime Minister Ariel Sharon likes to say -- but the stakes for Israel could hardly be higher. If the United States wins a convincing victory, it could assure Israel's place in a more stable Middle East for years to come. If it does not,...

  • New Boss With Abbas

    By Leslie Susser

    March 13, 2003 | 6:59 pm

    Israeli officials are hailing the choice of Mahmoud Abbas as Palestinian prime minister as a potential watershed in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, one that creates new hope for a cease-fire and a new political process.

    For months now, Abbas, also known as Abu Mazen, has...

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