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  • Reconquer, Negotiate or Separate?

    By Eric Silver

    August 23, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres is set to meet with Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat in Berlin next week under the aegis of the German government. Peres has proposed a "gradual" or phased cease-fire. In a plan presented to U.S. envoy to the Middle East, David...

  • Muslim-Jewish Discord Debated

    By Tom Tugend

    May 31, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Two of the keenest American academic minds on the politics of the Middle East -- one Jewish, the other Arab -- debated the present and future of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict Monday evening, and reached agreement on at least three points.

    Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat is...

  • Laying Out Markers

    By James D. Besser

    May 17, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The Bush administration, determined to scale back U.S. Mideast involvement, is being drawn into the seething center of the conflict as Israeli-Palestinian confrontations rage.

    But President George W. Bush and his foreign policy team, anxious to avoid the overinvolvement of their...

  • The Violence Heats Up

    By Eric Silver

    May 10, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The intifada took a fateful stride from popular uprising toward war this week with news that the Palestinians are stockpiling longer-range, more lethal weapons that could threaten Ashkelon and Tel Aviv, as well as paralyzing flights from Ben-Gurion International Airport.

    Israeli...

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  • Blown Deal

    By Eric Silver

    January 11, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Bill Clinton is wasting his time. The chances of a meaningful Israeli-Palestinian deal before he hands over the presidency to George W. Bush on Jan. 20 are negligible. Yasser Arafat has blown it. Ehud Barak, with the best and bravest of motives, has blown it. Peace is on hold, and...

  • Salvaging Peace

    By Naomi Segal

    January 4, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    President Clinton's 11th-hour efforts to salvage the peace process may be too little, too late for many Israelis.



    Following reports that Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat had conditionally accepted Clinton's proposals as a basis for discussion, Israeli Prime Minister...

  • ‘They’ve Got Their Heads In The Sand

    By Eric Roth

    December 7, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    "You can't afford to sign up to a peace agreement that is all one-sided, meaning Israel takes all the risks," observed retired U.S. Admiral Leon A. Edney to small groups of Jewish leaders in Beverly Hills last week. "We need to find a way to live in peace with the Arab world, but...

  • Required Reading

    By Rob Eshman

    October 26, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    So now what? Does Israel dig in and prepare itself for a state of escalating, interminable siege? Does it try to get back to the negotiating table with Yasser Arafat? Does it do both?

    Among the millions of words pouring out over the conflict of late, I found two pieces uniquely...

  • Mr. Oslo

    By Eric Silver

    October 26, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Uri Savir may not have won a Nobel Peace Prize, but far more than the three national leaders who did, he is Mr. Oslo. For three long months in 1993, the then director-general of the Israeli Foreign Ministry sat secretly in the Norwegian capital and hammered out an agreement with the...

  • Barak at Camp David

    By Gene Lichtenstein

    July 20, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    There is a sense at this moment that "time has stopped." That all political voices have become silent, in Israel no less than in the United States, while Messrs. Arafat, Barak and Clinton struggle over language, issues and principles in an effort to reach a peace agreement.

    It is, of...

  • Barak’s Gamble

    By Eric Silver

    July 13, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    The Camp David summit looks like the boldest gamble by an Israeli leader since the founding father, David Ben-Gurion, declared the Jewish state in May 1948, to the rumble of invading Arab guns and the chattering teeth of his own querulous associates. Ehud Barak flew to the United...

  • Barak at Camp David

    By Gene Lichtenstein

    July 13, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    There is a sense at this moment that "time has stopped." That all political voices have become silent, in Israel no less than in the United States, while Messrs. Arafat, Barak and Clinton struggle over language, issues and principles in an effort to reach a peace agreement.

    It is, of...

  • Following the Leader

    March 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Not long after he took over as national director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), Abraham Foxman was asked to fly to Geneva and head off an international crisis. It set the tone for what's come since.

    It was June 1990. Nelson Mandela, newly released after 27 years in a South...

  • 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...

  • Around Town

    By Michael Aushenker

    October 21, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat came to town this week, seeking Washington's blessing for Palestinian statehood in return for postponing a unilateral declaration on May 4, when the interim Oslo period expires.

    Despite the fears of some Jewish leaders, he didn't get it; instead, he...

  • Arafat’s Final Chapter

    By James D

    September 30, 1999 | 8:00 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...

  • 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...

  • Ahmed Tibi Switches Sides

    By Larry Derfner

    June 17, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    This week, when freshman Member of Knesset Dr. Ahmed Tibi declared his first preference for committee assignments -- Defense and Foreign Affairs, which is briefed regularly by the Shin Bet and Mossad -- right-wing MKs laughed it off. This would be like inviting Saddam Hussein into...
  • Overshadowed Again

    By James D

    March 25, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat came to town this week, seeking Washington's blessing for Palestinian statehood in return for postponing a unilateral declaration on May 4, when the interim Oslo period expires.

    Despite the fears of some Jewish leaders, he didn't get it; instead, he...

  • Mideast

    By Larry Derfner

    August 7, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    King Hussein's battle with lymph cancer leaves Israel hoping for the best

     

    Israel's Best(Arab) Friend

     

    By Larry Derfner, Tel Aviv Correspondent

    When Prime Minister...

  • The Editor’s Corner

    May 14, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Several monthsago, I happened to be present when Yoram Ben Ze'ev, Israel's ConsulGeneral in Los Angeles, addressed a local group at the JewishFederation offices on Wilshire Boulevard. The talk, of course, wasabout politics: the conversion bill, the peace process, Israel andAmerica --...

  • Leaving Lebanon

    By Eric Silver

    March 26, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Israel signed the Oslo peace agreement with itsold enemy, Yasser Arafat, because by 1993 the alternatives had becomeinsufferable. The Palestinian intifada, a revolt of thestreet, was sapping the morale of the Israeli army, fighting a futilesix-year battle with one hand tied behind...

  • Spin Cycle

    March 26, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    By J.J. Goldberg

    Spin Cycle

    A spate of new polls shows Jewsdivided, Arafat unpopular and pollsters getting rich

    Some startling revelations have emerged aboutAmerican Jews and the way they view the Middle East, following lastweek's publication of parts of a new American Jewish...

  • Another Offer Arafat Can’t Refuse?

    By Eric Silver

    December 4, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Binyamin Netanyahu has made peace, for the time being, with his own disaffected coalition by offering the Palestinians a further West Bank withdrawal that is vague, qualified and conditional. But in the atmosphere of distrust generated by the Israeli prime minister, few are convinced...
  • ‘Out of Business’

    By Tom Tugend

    August 14, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    "We're winding up our operations and terminating our relationship with the U.S. government," said Joseph DeSutter, executive director of the Washington-based organization. "For all intents and purposes, we're out of business."

    Builders for Peace was born in the wake of the September...

  • ‘We Do Not Just

    July 31, 1997 | 8:00 pm


    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's tough response to Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat's call of condolence echoed from Los Angeles on Wednesday, as Israel's consulate fielded nonstop calls from journalists and concerned Angelenos.

    "We are touched by [Arafat's] expression...

  • Music Men

    By Tom Tugend

    May 1, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Shortly after the Oslo peace process got underway, composer Nabil Azzam met with Yasser Arafat and offered the Palestinian leader a new national anthem for his nascent Palestinian Authority.

    The anthem, Azzam proposed, would include strains from "Hatikvah," the Israeli national...

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