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  • Budget crisis looms for Sharon

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  • Israeli soldiers’ motivation high despite violence

    JERUSALEM, March 25 (JTA) — As Israeli-Palestinian violence hits the six-month mark, Israeli military officials report that soldiers remain motivated to serve in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Senior military officials report that reservists, who account for 70 percent of the army’s 639,150 troops, are reporting for duty at higher rates than before the…

  • Israeli high-tech firms face hard times

    Israeli entrepreneurs, up until now, had been spared the worst of the dot-com carnage, since the Israeli industry focused on creating infrastructure technologies for Internet and telecom firms instead of on consumer Web sites. But things have changed for

  • Israeli high-tech firms face hard times

    Israeli entrepreneurs, up until now, had been spared the worst of the dot-com carnage, since the Israeli industry focused on creating infrastructure technologies for Internet and telecom firms instead of on consumer Web sites. But things have changed for

  • With Shas in government, is secular revolution dead?

    JERUSALEM, March 12 (JTA) – The ink had hardly dried on the coalition agreements binding Israel’s new national unity government together when Shas began flexing its muscles on religious issues. Upon entering his new office, Eli Yishai, the political leader of Shas – the fervently Orthodox party now in control of several key ministries –…

  • Budget crisis looms for Sharon

    JERUSALEM, March 5 (JTA) – With a violent conflict on his hands and an upsurge in Palestinian terror attacks in Israeli cities, the last thing Ariel Sharon needs when he takes over as prime minister is a budget crisis. But one of the first challenges Sharon will confront as soon as he puts his government…

  • Israeli economic measures criticized

    JERUSALEM, Feb. 26 (JTA) – As the Palestinian intifada continues into its sixth month, international attention has shifted from the daily death toll to the tough economic measures Israel has imposed on the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The measures include closing passages between the Palestinian-ruled territories and Israel proper, which keeps tens of thousands…

  • U.S. Jews may appeal for unity government

    JERUSALEM, Feb. 21 (JTA) – American Jewish leaders are considering issuing an appeal to all Israeli political parties to come together in a national unity government. The idea, floated quietly behind the scenes this week as the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations began its annual mission to Israel, reflects a growing perception…

  • Mideast regional war unlikely, experts say

    JERUSALEM, Feb. 13 (JTA) – It did not take long after Ariel Sharon was elected Israel’s prime minister for alarms to sound from the Arab world. On the day after the Feb. 6 elections, the Syrian government newspaper Al-Thawra branded Sharon’s victory a declaration of war. The Arab League later warned that Sharon could lead…

  • ADL: Jews must take issue with Arab anti-Semitism

    JERUSALEM, Feb. 11 (JTA) — The Anti-Defamation League is urging Jews to take a tougher stance against anti-Semitism in the Arab and Muslim world, admitting that the Jewish community has been too tolerant of these trends in recent years. Abraham Foxman, national director of the ADL, made his appeal Sunday at a news conference in…