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  • Pressure on Israel Grows After Summit

    By James Besser

    August 7, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    If you're confused about this week's developments in U.S.-Israel diplomacy, don't worry; you're not alone.

    Only days after Prime Minister Ariel Sharon seemed to score a decisive victory in the Battle of the Mideast Summits, reports emerged that the administration is cranking up the...

  • Bush, DeLay Views on Israel at Odds

    By Douglas M. Bloomfield

    August 7, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Are the two most powerful Republicans in Washington playing a version of the old good-cop, bad-cop game with Israel and its friends in this country?

    President Bush and House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) appear to be on different sides of the Middle East policy game. Both...

  • U.S. Jewish Leaders Face Risky Situaton

    By James D. Besser

    May 29, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    As a new round of Mideast peacemaking begins, U.S. Jewish leaders are putting themselves on the line for a government in Jerusalem, whose real intentions are more impenetrable than ever.

    In a flurry of actions and statements in recent days, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon just added to...

  • Voters Say Election Will Change Little

    By Matthew E. Gutman

    January 30, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    "Go vote," the ex-general commanded, looking straight into the cameras.

    Voter apathy apparently was uppermost on Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's mind when he lumbered into a Jerusalem polling booth Tuesday at 8 a.m. sharp.

    Brushing aside a barrage of questions from...

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  • Israeli Elections: What Comes After?

    By Leslie Susser

    January 23, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The election campaign winding to a close this week should have been about which party has the best plan to extricate Israel from the current cycle of Palestinian terror and economic decline.

    Instead, it focused almost exclusively on sleaze in the political system and corruption...

  • Sharon Vows More Targeted Killings

    By Naomi Segal

    January 2, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is vowing to step up targeted killings of suspected Palestinian terrorists. Israel's practice of targeted killings is not new, but Sharon's statements again threw a spotlight on the controversial policy.

    He made the comment following a terror attack Dec....

  • 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...

  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    May 30, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Chandra Levy Remembered

    More than 1,200 mourners attending the memorial service for Chandra Levy on Tuesday were greeted by the strains of Hebrew melodies, played by a quartet from the local symphony. As Chandra Levy's family -- parents Robert and Susan and 21-year-old brother Adam...

  • Paths to Peace?

    By Leslie Susser

    April 11, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Even before the first Israeli tanks swept into Ramallah at the start of Operation Protective Wall, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was being asked what he intended to do the day after the tanks withdrew. From day one, it was clear that the operation would not in itself put a stop to...

  • Netanyahu Woos L.A. Jews

    By Amy Klein

    January 17, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Bibi's back.

    Israel's former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was the guest at two Jewish functions in Los Angeles this week, on a schedule that included a closed dinner in Palm Springs and a number of private meetings. Netanyahu, who served as Israel's premier from 1996-1999, left...

  • War or Pieces

    By Rob Eshman

    September 6, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Israelis voted Ehud Barak into office as prime minister because he promised to bring them peace. He failed, in large part because his negotiating partner Yasser Arafat was unwilling to make the difficult choices peace demands. Israelis then voted Ariel Sharon into the prime...

  • 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...

  • Israel vs. Florida

    By Steven L. Spiegel

    February 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Trying to figure out the results of the Israeli election? Here's something that might help: compare and contrast what happened this week in Israel with what happened last November in Florida.

    In Florida, when the election was over, people knew less than they thought they did. As for...

  • An Anatomy of Failure

    By Helen Davis

    February 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    When Israeli voters go to the polls next week to elect a prime minister, Ehud Barak will be consigned to political history, and Ariel Sharon will move into the newly vacated post.

    Sharon has effectively waged a campaign of silence, allowing the failed peace process and the daily,...

  • Nervous But United

    By Julie Wiener

    November 16, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    In a speech that was the centerpiece of the North American Jewish federation system's gathering in Chicago this week, Israel's prime minister recalled being a small child when he heard of the United Nations' 1947 vote to partition Palestine.

    That period - when the Jews' willingness to...

  • Washington Watch

    By James D

    March 9, 2000 | 6:59 pm

    Spending 90 minutes in a small room with Yasser Arafat doesn't quiet old qualms. In military garb and his trademark headdress, Arafat still evokes images of the stubble-bearded terrorist mastermind who caused so much misery and fear for Jews worldwide.

    But in person, it's also easier...

  • A Not-So-Secret Plan

    December 16, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Ehud Barak, Israel's prime minister, has been smiling a lot lately, and it's driving many people crazy.

    Barak insists he's going to reach a "framework" agreement with the Palestinians within a month or two, outlining the basic shape of Israeli-Palestinian peace. A full peace treaty...

  • A Barak Diary

    By Eric Silver

    November 18, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Ehud Barak stomps down the aisle of the old, white Boeing 707 that doubles as Israel's Air Force One. He has come to shmooze with the traveling press corps. Close up, he is shorter than expected. He clenches his shoulders like a muscle-bound wrestler. His pudgy face looks as if it...
  • An Arab Prime Minister?

    By Larry Derfner

    April 15, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    For the first time ever, an Arab citizen of Israel is running for prime minister. He is first-term Knesset member Azmi Bishara, one of the leading intellectuals in the Arab world, and one of the most provocative politicians of any ethnicity in Israel.

    Bishara's candidacy is opposed by...

  • 33 Parties File for Israeli Elections

    By James D

    April 8, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Thirty-three Israeli political parties signed up by Tuesday night's registration deadline to run in the May 17 Knesset elections, breaking the previous record of 27 parties. In addition to the large political parties, several special-interest parties and newcomers to the political...
  • 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...

  • David Remnick’s Profile of Prime Minister Binyamin

    May 7, 1998 | 8:00 pm

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  • A Moment

    By Larry Derfner

    October 23, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    A key element in Labor Party leader Ehud Barak's strategy tobecome prime minister is to win support from Orthodox andultra-Orthodox (haredi) voters, who backed Binyamin Netanyahuoverwhelmingly in the last election. Now Barak is faced with adilemma: The price of wooing Orthodox votes...

  • Netanyahu’s First Anniversary

    By Ina Friedman

    May 29, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    As the first anniversary of Binyamin Netanyahu's election as prime minister approached this week, Israel looked back on a tumultuous year in which the public was more sharply divided and over a wider span of issues -- political, social, and religious -- than ever before.

    Netanyahu...

  • Renewal and Restraint

    By Edward Sanders

    May 1, 1997 | 8:00 pm


    Renewal and Restraint

    By Edward Sanders

    I went to Israel last month as someone who is a supporter of the peace process; as someone who believes in exchange of land for peace; as someone who is dedicated to peace with security for Israel; and as someone disturbed by the construction at...

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