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  • A Letter to Tom Friedman

    By Rabbi David Eliezrie

    March 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Dear Tom,

    I heard you had a great trip to Saudi Arabia. In the privacy of their homes people removed their veils and expressed their true feelings. Even the crown prince, the guy who really runs Saudi Arabia, spent some time with you.

    Apparently he has a great new idea. Israel...

  • Is This Really a New Bibi?

    By David Landau

    December 14, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Just 18 months after Benjamin Netanyahu was voted out of office, public opinion polls show that he would decimate Prime Minister Ehud Barak in a head-to-head contest -- if Netanyahu can only get around the legal obstacles to his candidacy.



    Ever smooth before the cameras, Netanyahu...

  • A Tough Transition

    By James D. Besser

    December 14, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Presidential transitions are tough even in the best of circumstances. And with the outcome of this year's political brawl delayed by weeks of legal and political maneuvering, the 2001 transition will be tougher than most.



    That could play out in dangerous ways in the seething...

  • 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...

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  • Balancing Acts

    By David Landau

    October 26, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Prime Minister Ehud Barak and opposition leader Ariel Sharon are trying to get their respective parties to join a national unity government before the Knesset begins its winter session Monday.

    They are calling it a "government of national emergency" and insisting that the ongoing...

  • After the Summit

    By Eric Silver

    July 27, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Camp David is dead, long live Camp David. That was the slogan as the despondent, disappointed Israelis left the morning after the Middle East peace summit collapsed in the Maryland presidential retreat."The process is not over," said strategic analyst Yossi Alpher, a former special...

  • Renewed Hope

    By Tom Tugend

    July 20, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Despite protest demonstrations, Israelis will overwhelmingly endorse any agreement forged by Prime Minister Ehud Barak at the Camp David negotiations, Israel's minister for Diaspora affairs assured the national convention of Hadassah on Sunday evening.

    Rabbi Michael Melchior noted...

  • Hate Crime

    By Avi Machlis

    June 29, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Images of Holocaust-era synagogue torchings were invoked after a Conservative shul in Jerusalem was set on fire over the weekend.
    Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak led a call for greater tolerance in Israeli society after vandals hurled gasoline-soaked flaming rags into the synagogue...

  • Selling AWACS to China

    By Eric Silver

    April 27, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Chinese President Jiang Zemin donned his black kippah and followed in Pope John Paul II's footsteps to the Western Wall last week, confident that the world's biggest atheistic state would soon receive a $250 million airborne surveillance system from Israel Aircraft Industries on...
  • Chances for Peace

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    April 13, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Signing a framework for a peace agreement with the Palestinians by the end of May will help Israel to reshape the strategic equation in the Middle East, according to Israel's deputy defense minister, Ephraim Sneh, who briefed 250 delegates and guests at the recent Labor Zionist...
  • Credibility Gap

    By David Landau

    February 3, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Prime Minister Ehud Barak and his closest political allies have been scrambling to limit the damage to their government following a scathing report on the financing behind Barak's election campaign last year.

    The effort at damage control comes as Barak needs all the public support he...

  • But Can Barak Convince the Israelis?

    By Larry Derfner

    December 16, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    At first blush it seemed like a done deal. If Syria and Israel were returning to the negotiating table, and President Bill Clinton was leading them, then it was surely just a matter of time until the two sides reached agreement and declared peace. American, Syrian and Israeli...
  • Rich Israeli, Poor Israeli

    By Larry Derfner

    December 16, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    For all the recent hubbub over the worsening lot of Israel's poor, and the growing criticism of Prime Minister Ehud Barak's born-again Reaganite economic policies, it should be understood that in many key misery indices, Israel isn't doing too badly.

    Compared to the world's other 25...

  • Talks to Be Held

    By Michael Shapiro

    December 9, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright's Middle East shuttle mission has paid off with the announcement that Israeli-Syrian negotiations will resume next week.

    President Clinton made the announcement Wednesday after Albright held separate talks with the leaders of Israel and...

  • Poverty and Unemployment Plague Israel

    By Larry Derfner

    December 2, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    The peace process isn't the news in Israel anymore; it's poverty, unemployment and hunger. The domestic agenda, the one that Prime Minister Ehud Barak focused his election campaign on, has jumped up and bitten him.

    Recent polls show that Israelis, by a margin of over 2-1, think Barak...

  • Changing the Climate of Hatred

    November 25, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Over the weekend Prime Minister Ehud Barak came to New York seeking stronger American Jewish support for the accelerating Mideast peace process, and by and large he will get it.

    But two recent incidents point to the obstacles he faces in settling the lingering qualms of a significant...

  • Managing the Bitter Debate Ahead

    By James D

    October 7, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Next month, Prime Minister Ehud Barak will travel to Atlanta for the General Assembly of the United Jewish Communities, the central philanthropic and service organization in the American Jewish world.

    Israeli officials say that one goal will be to renew his appeal for Jewish unity as...

  • Forging Ahead

    By David Landau

    September 23, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Prime Minister Ehud Barak's cozy late-night dinner with Yasser Arafat and some of the Palestinian leaders' top aides at a private home near Tel Aviv came as a pleasant surprise to Middle East peace watchers.

    Even Foreign Minister David Levy's public irritation at not having been...

  • The Two Sides of the Street

    By Eric Silver

    September 9, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The only thing Jerusalem's Jewish and Arab shopping malls had in common when news broke last Friday of the Wye II deal was that no one was dancing in the streets. There was relief that something at last was about to move on the Israeli-Palestinian front, but it takes more than...
  • 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....

  • Enter the New Prime Minister: Ehud Barak

    By Eric Silver

    May 27, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Two decades ago, after hearing the then-Col. Ehud Barak deliver a eulogy for a fallen comrade, popular Israeli poet Haim Guri predicted: "One day, this man will be prime minister." On May 17, Israel's voters proved him right. Barak was elected by a landslide, his 56 percent to 44...
  • AIPAC Adapts

    By James D

    May 27, 1999 | 8:00 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...

  • Barak’s Tough Choices

    By Larry Derfner

    May 20, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The tens of thousands of happy secularists who danced Election Night away in Rabin Square may have thought they'd "taken back the country" from the right-wing and religious, but according to all the signs, incoming Prime Minister Ehud Barak has a surprise in store for them.

    Not only...

  • Seismic Shift

    By David Landau

    May 20, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Pundits everywhere are calling Israel's election results a "political earthquake." In fact, though, two distinct tremors have overturned the rules and realities that have governed the Jewish state and its policy-making these past three years.

    Labor Party leader Ehud Barak's 56 percent...

  • 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...

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