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  • Israel bans PA prime minister

    November 1, 2010 | 5:24 pm

    Israel bans PA prime minister

    November 1, 2010

    JERUSALEM (JTA)—Israel has banned the Palestinian Authority prime minister from attending an official PA event in eastern Jerusalem.

    Salam Fayyad was scheduled to visit two schools in eastern Jerusalem and attend a reception on...

  • Israel marking Rabin assassination

    October 19, 2010 | 12:39 pm

    The assassination of Yitzhak Rabin “must not be forgiven or forgotten,” Israeli President Shimon Peres said at a candlelighting ceremony marking the 15th anniversary of the tragedy.

    On Tuesday afternoon, on the eve of the Hebrew date of the anniversary of the prime minister’s death,...

  • Ariel Sharon going home

    September 22, 2010 | 10:45 am

    Ariel Sharon, who has been in a coma for nearly five years, is expected to be moved from an Israeli hospital to his Negev ranch.

    The former Israeli prime minister, 82, who suffered a stroke on Jan. 6, 2006 that left him comatose, will be moved within the next few weeks from the...

  • Disraeli: The curious case of England’s Jewish prime minister

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    December 25, 2008 | 6:19 pm

    Adam Kirsch, "Benjamin Disraeli" (Nextbook: Schocken, 2008 ) $21.00.

    Benjamin Disraeli was born Jewish, baptized as a boy but (mostly) considered himself to be Jewish.

    He famously proclaimed to Queen Victoria -- who began by hating him and ended adoring him -- that he was the...

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  • Yes, we cantankerous

    By Steve Greenberg

    November 12, 2008 | 11:26 pm

    By Steve Greenberg

  • Olmert submits resignation, promises to help Livni

    September 21, 2008 | 6:48 pm

    JERUSALEM (JTA)—Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has submitted his letter of resignation to President Shimon Peres

    Olmert visited the president’s official residence in Jerusalem Sunday evening to deliver the letter.

    “This is not an easy decision, and I am convinced that this is a...

  • Can Olmert and Abbas deliver at high-stakes Annapolis summit?

    By Leslie Susser

    November 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    In the final run-up to the Annapolis peace parley, leaders on all sides are emphasizing the burning need for success and the potentially huge price of failure. Although the focus is on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, all the main players see it as only a small part of a much bigger...
  • The Lion in Waiting

    By Rob Eshman

    February 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Last Friday evening, I was pacing backstage at the University of Judaism's (UJ) Gindi Auditorium, rehearsing my introduction for Ehud Barak.

    Born on a kibbutz, 36 years in the Israel Defense Forces, fought in three wars, architect of the Entebbe raid, disguised as a woman to kill...

  • Olmert Sworn in as Israel’s New PM

    By Dan Baron

    May 11, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Exactly four months after assuming Israel's top office amid tragedy, Ehud Olmert has been confirmed as prime minister, and hopes to lead the Jewish state to security, if not peace.

    Olmert was sworn in last week, along with his Cabinet, after the Knesset approved the coalition...

  • Challenges Loom for New Olmert Regime

    By Dan Baron

    May 4, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Just in time for Israel's 58th Independence Day, Ehud Olmert has clinched his new coalition government.

    But while the prime minister promises to set the Jewish state's borders and to calm, if not end, the conflict with the Palestinians, domestic realities post serious challenges.

    ...
  • Israeli Candidates Battle Voter Apathy

    By Dina Kraft

    March 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Shimon Peres joins a young couple having lunch at a seaside restaurant and asks them who they are voting for in Israel's upcoming election. They smile nervously, glance up at the swarm of photographers and TV cameras that surround the former prime minister and admit the truth: They...

  • Scheinerman/Sharon

    By Rob Eshman

    January 12, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The pre-mortem eulogies, the stream of editorials, the international expressions of sympathy -- what you are witnessing is Ariel

    Sharon's ascension to the Jewish pantheon.

    It is a remarkable aliyah. Once anathema to a majority of American Jews, Sharon is now a crossover hit among...

  • In Political Tsunami, Sharon Bolts Likud

    By Dan Baron

    November 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Israeli politics usually make for fine drama -- and 2006 is shaping up to be no exception to that rule.

    Prime Minister Ariel Sharon quit the Likud Party this week to form a new centrist party to compete in early elections expected to take place in March.

    Sharon's new party, to be...

  • Steinitz Says Sharon Move ‘Damaging’

    By Tom Tugend

    November 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Dr. Yuval Steinitz, one of the most influential Likud stalwarts in the Knesset, lashed out against Prime Minister Ariel Sharon during a just concluded visit to Southern California.

    Steinitz, who chairs the key Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, as well as intelligence and...

  • The Final Frontier

    By Amy Klein

    July 21, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Professor Ron Folman leads me down a few staircases of the science building of Ben Gurion University (BGU) in the southern Israeli city of Be'er Sheva to show me his million-dollar, state-of-the-art nanotech laboratory.

    It feels like we're descending to some basement bomb shelter of...

  • Bibi May Mount Sharon Challenge

    By Idan Ivri

    July 7, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    At the moment, Benjamin Netanyahu is working under Prime Minister Ariel Sharon as finance minister, but at a stop in Beverly Hills last week, Netanyahu sounded like he'd rather have Sharon's job.

    "Bibi," who served as prime minister from 1996 to 1999, has denied rumors that he will...

  • 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.

    ...
  • The Battle Over Gaza in America

    By Marc Ballon

    June 16, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    It all started with a dream.

    One night in March, Jon Hambourger slipped into a deep sleep and envisioned a train rolling through history. The 47-year-old Los Angeles mortgage broker said he had a choice: jump on or risk irrelevance.

    The next morning, the Orthodox father of one told...

  • Sharon Pushes for Labor, Likud Union

    By Leslie Susser

    December 9, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    Convinced that 2005 will be a year of great peace opportunities, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is throwing his considerable political weight behind a coalition with the Labor Party.

    Sharon sees a Likud-Labor partnership, bolstered by at least one ultra Orthodox party, as the...

  • Sharon Wins Key Likud Party Vote

    By Leslie Susser

    November 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    After a string of embarrassing defeats in his own party, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's victory in the election of key Likud officers raises the chances that he will be able to broaden his government and push through a promised withdrawal from the West Bank and Gaza Strip -- though...

  • Will Sharon Share Rabin’s Fate?

    By M.J. Rosenberg

    November 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Nov. 4 marks the ninth anniversary of the single-worst moment in Israel's history: the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. With hindsight -- although many recognized it at the time -- it is clear that the Rabin murder achieved the goal of its perpetrator.

    The assassin, and...

  • U.S. Jews Laud Withdrawal Vote

    October 28, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    American Jewish organizations rushed Tuesday afternoon to express support for Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's Gaza withdrawal plan.

    Sharon's initiative was "not an easy decision, but we fully share the Israeli government's view that it was the right decision to safeguard the...

  • Other People’s Problems

    By Rob Eshman

    October 14, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    If it wasn't for the fact that America can't chew gum and hold an election at the same time, politicians and the media would have been buzzing about what happened this week in Israel. Well, what happened? Dov Weisglass, a senior aide to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, told the Israeli...

  • France’s Dangerous Cocktail

    By Andre Glucksmann

    August 5, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    On July 18, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon festively proposed to "all the Jews of France" "to move to Israel immediately ... because in France today, one of the wildest forms of anti-Semitism is spreading."

    Sharon is wrong -- not in his concern about a real rise in anti-Semitism in...

  • Sharon Battles for Pullout Plan

    By Leslie Susser

    May 27, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Facing a crucial Cabinet vote next week on his amended disengagement plan from the Palestinians, Ariel Sharon is facing as much pressure as he ever did as a general on the battlefield.

    On the international front, the Israeli prime minister has weathered scathing criticism of Israel's...

  • 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...

  • Right Wing Girds to Block Gaza Plan

    By Leslie Susser

    February 19, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    The earthquake in Israel that measured 5 on the Richter Scale last week is not the only ground shifting these days in the Jewish state.

    In the wake of the recent announcement by Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon that Israel soon could withdraw unilaterally from Jewish settlements...

  • 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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