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  • 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…

  • Fissures deepen in Israel’s government

    JERUSALEM, Oct. 1 (JTA) — As the latest Israeli-Palestinian cease-fire teetered this week on the brink of collapse, tensions rose to new heights within Israel’s unity coalition and defense establishment. Shimon Peres, the foreign minister and the senior Labor Party figure in the government, has been at the center of these tensions, and he may…

  • Fissures deepen in Israel’s government

    JERUSALEM, Oct. 1 (JTA) — As the latest Israeli-Palestinian cease-fire teetered this week on the brink of collapse, tensions rose to new heights within Israel’s unity coalition and defense establishment. Shimon Peres, the foreign minister and the senior Labor Party figure in the government, has been at the center of these tensions, and he may…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS

    JERUSALEM, Sept. 26 (JTA) — It is too early to tell whether the long-awaited and controversial meeting between Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres and Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat will produce a true cease-fire and a resumption of peace negotiations between the two sides. Wednesday’s meeting, which produced a commitment to turn a shaky, week-old…

  • Sharon weighs how to treat Arafat

    JERUSALEM, Sept. 17 (JTA) — As America prepares for war united as rarely before, Israel’s national unity government awkwardly sought its own unified position in a rapidly changing international panorama. Two days of total quiet. This is now Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s condition for allowing a meeting to take place — as Washington is urging…

  • Israeli Arab’s bomb deadly to Jewish-Arab relations

    JERUSALEM, Sept. 11 (JTA) — Depressed but determined after nearly a year of violent conflict with the Palestinians, Israelis this week suffered a new trauma: A suicide bomber who took three innocent lives at a provincial railway station on Sunday was a fellow citizen. Mohammed Shaker Habeishi, who was born in Acre and lived for…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 2.00E+07

    JERUSALEM, Aug. 29 (JTA) — As Israeli opposition leader Yossi Sarid noted this week, the slide into war often happens despite the fact that no one intends or wishes it. As the Al-Aksa Intifada entered its 12th month this week with a new and ominous surge in the level of violence, Israelis are beginning to…

  • Peres, Arafat to try again for cease-fire

    JERUSALEM, Aug. 21 (JTA) — Next week in Berlin. That is the new mantra for the shrinking number of Israelis who still hold out a slender hope that Israel and the Palestinians can negotiate a peaceful end to the last 11 months of violence. Foreign Minister Shimon Peres, Israel’s indefatigable peacemaker, and Yasser Arafat, the…