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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 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...

  • 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...

  • Mitzna Wins Labor

    By Naomi Segal

    November 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    If Haifa Mayor Amram Mitzna hopes to becomes Israel's next prime minister, he faces a daunting challenge: resuscitating a moribund Labor Party in a little more than two months.

    A day after the dovish newcomer to national politics won a sweeping victory in Labor's leadership primary,...

  • 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.


  • Netanyahu’s Tactical Mistake

    By David Newman

    June 13, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a major tactical blunder when he pushed through the vote in the Likud Party central committee to the effect that they would no longer discuss or consider the future establishment of a Palestinian state as a means to resolving the...

  • Taking the West Bank Off the Chopping Block

    By Rabbi Dov Fischer

    June 13, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The recent landslide vote of the Israeli Likud Party, utterly rejecting an Arab country west of the Jordan River, reflects the evolving mindset of the largest political party in Israel. There is good reason for that position -- the land of Judea and Samaria, birthplace of Judaism and...

  • Looking Right and Left

    By Naomi Segal

    March 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Prime Minister-elect Ariel Sharon was expected to present his new government for Knesset approval on Wednesday, after the fervently Orthodox Shas Party signed a coalition agreement that gives Sharon a parliamentary majority.

    Sharon has signed up several major and minor parties in the...

  • Assessing Netanyahu’s Past Policies

    By Michael S. Arnold

    December 14, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    It's still unclear whether former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be able to run in the upcoming election, but analysts already are wondering how a second Netanyahu administration might differ from the first.

    Three years after defeating incumbent Shimon Peres by a hair's...

  • New Urgency for Peacemaking

    By Matthew E. Berger

    December 7, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    For the players in the Middle East peace process, it may seem like the two-minute warning.

    A peace treaty may be Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak's only chance at being reelected prime minister in next year's elections.

    The threat of a harder-line Likud leadership in Israel...

  • The Shas Phenomenon

    By Jordan Elgrably

    October 12, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Israel's political landscape has, over the past decade, been transmogrified by the growing strength of the ultra-Orthodox Sephardi party Shas (Sephardic Torah Guardians). But the conviction and recent jailing of party leader Aryeh Deri has only fortified Shas' power among an...

  • Assigning Blame

    By Gil Sedan

    October 5, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    The catalyst for a spate of violence here may have been an Israeli politician's visit to a Muslim and Jewish holy site, but Israeli officials are holding Palestinian leaders directly responsible for the bloodshed.At least 55 people were killed, mostly Palestinians, in rioting that...
  • Ehud Barak’s Kind of Town

    By Larry Derfner

    June 3, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    When incoming Prime Minister Ehud Barak needs to talk things over with Gen. Shaul Mofaz, the military chief of staff, he won't have to go far: Mofaz lives 12 houses away from him in the town of Kochav Yair.

    And when Barak or Mofaz need to talk to the military's number two man, Gen....

  • The Local Reaction

    By Tom Tugend

    May 20, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    There were decorous cheers and scattered thumbs-up signs as Ehud Barak's projected victory was announced at 12:30 p.m. Monday to some 20 people gathered in Sherman Oaks for an hour-long video conference with pundits in Israel, Washington and New York.

    There was another small stir when...

  • Going Their Ways

    By Tom Tugend

    March 18, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    That squeak audible over Washington this week was the sound of the pro-Israel lobby turning on a dime.

    Stung by criticism by some Labor leaders of a longstanding pro-Likud tilt, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), began a quick readjustment at this week's annual...

  • Getting Off the Ground

    By Larry Derfner

    March 18, 1999 | 6:59 pm

    Until the last couple of weeks, the best thing one could say about Ehud Barak's campaign for prime minister was that it couldn't get any worse.

    But, as the May 17 election draws closer, a couple of good things have happened to the Labor Party leader that have finally gotten his...

  • ‘A Split Is Hovering Over Likud’

    By Eric Silver

    November 13, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    On the eve of his most testing American visit since he becamePrime Minister, Binyamin Netanyahu was humiliated, live on prime-timetelevision, last Monday by the least likely of dissidents -- theblue-collar ward party bosses of the Likud central committeeconvention.

    Their quarrel, as...

  • Different Approaches to Zionism

    September 11, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Kenneth Bob, a software executive from Long Island,N.Y., is registered to vote in this month's World Zionist Congresselections, but he's having a hard time deciding how to cast hisballot.

    His vote, along with those mailed in by 149,370other registered voters, will determine the makeup...

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