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  • Rabbi Shach, giant of fervently Orthodox Jewry, dies

    Rabbi Eliezer Menachem Shach, leader of the non-Chasidic branch of fervently Orthodox Jewry, has died in Israel.

  • Rabbi Shach, giant of fervently Orthodox Jewry, dies

    Rabbi Eliezer Menachem Shach, leader of the non-Chasidic branch of fervently Orthodox Jewry, has died in Israel.

  • Israel weighs balance sheet on invasion

    JERUSALEM, Oct. 30 (JTA) — Israel is weighing the interim results of the largest military operation it has mounted during the past 13 months of violence. The balance is complex, informed observers say, with both pros and cons on the balance sheet. Israel Defense Force troops and tanks pulled back from Bethlehem and neighboring Beit…

  • Sharon caught between conflicting demands

    JERUSALEM, Oct. 23 (JTA) — Does Prime Minister Ariel Sharon intend to depose Yasser Arafat and dismantle the Palestinian Authority? This question was being asked with mounting urgency around the world this week as Israeli tanks and infantry dug into positions deep inside Palestinian territory in the West Bank. Compounding international concerns, Sharon and other…

  • Sharon must decide between revenge and restraint

    JERUSALEM, Oct. 17 (JTA) — As the week began, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon resolved to confront his old friend Rehavam Ze’evi, minister of tourism and leader of the National Unity faction, who had been urging the premier to get much tougher with the Palestinians. Sharon had just ordered the army out of Palestinian sections of…

  • Sharon coalition threatened

    JERUSALEM, Oct. 16 (JTA) — His voice thick with sarcasm, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon accused the seven members of the hawkish National Unity bloc of “making Arafat’s day” with their decision to quit Sharon’s national unity government. Addressing the opening session of the Knesset’s winter term Monday, the prime minister faced rumblings from his supporters…

  • For Israelis, U.N. forum renews fears of persecution

    JERUSALEM, Sept. 4 (JTA) — Israelis had little time to savor, with grim gratification, the United States’ walkout from the U.N. World Conference Against Racism early this week. Early the following morning, a Palestinian suicide bomber blew himself up outside a hospital in downtown Jerusalem, gravely injuring a policeman and wounding a dozen passers-by. While…

  • Israel says ‘targeted killings’ justified

    Almost universally condemned abroad, Israel’s policy of targeting suspected Palestinian terrorists is drawing widespread support at home — though its efficacy is still up for debate.

  • Israel says ‘targeted killings’ justified

    JERUSALEM, Aug. 7 (JTA) — Almost universally condemned abroad, Israel’s policy of targeting suspected Palestinian terrorists is drawing widespread support at home — though its efficacy is still up for debate. Even Washington, Israel’s closest ally, sharply criticized Jerusalem for a helicopter attack last week that killed a top Hamas leader in Nablus. Two boys…

  • Israel and U.S. patch up relations

    JERUSALEM, Oct. 7 (JTA) — A brief but intense rift in U.S.-Israeli relations has been patched up, with Prime Minister Ariel Sharon apologizing for his criticism of President Bush and allowing American officials unprecedented access to Israeli intelligence material in their war on terrorism. Still, Sharon’s bitter eruption of rhetorical lava last weekend reflected deep…