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  • Israel Holds Off on Bombing Response

    By Dina Kraft

    April 20, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Israeli officials have blamed the Palestinian government of Hamas for the Tel Aviv suicide bombing this week that killed nine and injured scores of others. However, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert stopped short of ordering an offensive against the Palestinian Authority.

    Instead, Israel...

  • WEB EXCLUSIVE:  Q&A with Moshe Arens

    By Karmel Melamed

    April 20, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Following a career as Israel's ambassador to the United States in the 1980s and as Israeli defense minister in three separate governments, Moshe Arens left politics to serve as the chairman of the board of governors at the "College of Judea and Samaria," located in the West Bank city...

  • Olmert Receives U.S. Thumbs-Up

    By Ron Kampeas

    April 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Low-key, detail-oriented, a master of the backroom deal: The same qualities that make Prime Minister-elect Ehud Olmert uninspiring for some Israelis are the ones that Americans who deal with him find exciting.

    Olmert's attention to the fine print and his less-than-mythic status in...

  • The New Face of the Israeli Right

    By Dina Kraft

    March 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Avigdor Lieberman, a stern-mannered immigrant from Moldova, has become the new face of the Israeli right.

    Lieberman's party, Yisrael Beiteinu, became the fourth-largest party in Israeli politics Tuesday, winning seats in the next Knesset from a strong base of Russian-speaking...

  • Olmert Moves Israel to Center

    By Leslie Susser

    March 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    A major shift in Israeli politics was cemented this week, with Ehud Olmert's centrist Kadima Party poised to form the next government.

    The party didn't fare as well as expected in Tuesday's elections, but Olmert is likely to be able to form a solid majority in the Knesset, allowing...

  • Palestinians Unimpressed With Kadima Win

    By Uriel Heilman

    March 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The day after an historic election that realigned Israel's political landscape, little has changed at the Kalandia Checkpoint on the outskirts of Ramallah.

    Palestinians still file past well-armed Israeli soldiers, bulldozers still work on closing gaps in the 20-foot high concrete...

  • Distance Colors Israeli, Diaspora Views

    By Gershom Gorenberg

    March 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    At the beginning of the Lebanon War in June 1982, my Jerusalem roommate was packing to leave for grad school in America. Each day's

    newspapers had pictures of men who'd died at Beaufort, Damour, Sidon.

    The supposedly limited operation in Lebanon had morphed into a full-scale...

  • Israeli Producer’s Election-Day Risk

    By Tom Tugend

    March 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    It's little more than a week to the airdate, March 28, and Ofra Bikel is still putting the final touches on her hourlong documentary, "Israel: The Unexpected Candidate."

    That's not like Bikel, a meticulous professional, described by critic Howard Rosenberg in the Los Angeles Times as...

  • Will Europe Back Hamas Sans Conditions?

    By Dan Baron

    February 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Cracks are showing in the international demands on Hamas to recognize Israel and renounce terrorism before it takes over the Palestinian Authority.

    Ignoring the preconditions, Russian President Vladimir Putin has offered to host leaders of the radical Islamic group in Moscow,...

  • Letters

    January 26, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Off the Shelves

    Recently, I found a pro-Palestinian, anti-Israel DVD documentary, "Jenin, Jenin," in my city of White Plains, N.Y., library, produced by an Arab organization ("Libraries: The New Mideast Battlefront," Jan. 20). I assume it was distributed countrywide to libraries.


  • Olmert’s Conversion From Pol to Leader

    By Larry Derfner

    January 19, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    As far as personality goes, Ehud Olmert is not my kind of guy. He comes off like he thinks he's God's gift to humanity, riffraff that we are.

    I remember several years ago when as mayor of Jerusalem, he came to view the damage to a local Conservative synagogue that had been...

  • Uncertain Time for Likud in America

    By Tom Tugend

    January 12, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Ariel Sharon and his Likud party used to be the safest of bets for American supporters of Israel who are conservative, hawkish or focused foremost on security. And Sharon's Likud could rely on its American tribe for financial and political support.

    But times have changed -- and...

  • Clear Ideological Focus Marks Olmert

    By Leslie Susser

    January 12, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Ehud Olmert, who took over as acting Israeli prime minister following Ariel Sharon's debilitating stroke, is a career politician with a clear ideological focus. If he becomes prime minister in his own right, Olmert can be expected to carry on peacemaking efforts with the Palestinians...

  • Israeli Government Gets on With It

    By Dan Baron

    January 12, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Israel is resigning itself to politics without Ariel Sharon.

    Shock gripped the Jewish state last week when Sharon was hospitalized with a massive stroke, turning to fears for the worst when he underwent repeated surgery.

    Doctors said it could take time to ascertain whether Sharon...

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