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  • 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…

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    JERUSALEM, Aug. 14 (JTA) — Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s policy of “no talks under fire” increasingly is coming under fire within Israel. Initially, Sharon’s refusal to hold diplomatic talks with the Palestinian Authority until Palestinian violence against Israel ceases completely was supported by Israelis virtually across the board. Increasingly, however, it is being criticized by…

  • 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 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.

  • NEWS ANALYSIS

    JERUSALEM, Aug. 1 (JTA) — Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat is making Jerusalem the focus of intensified terror in order to accentuate the religious dimension of the 10-month-old violence with Israel. This was the accusation leveled at Arafat this week by top Israeli government analysts following a spate of attacks — shootings, bombings, stabbings and…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS

    JERUSALEM, July 24 (JTA) — Relations between the Bush administration and Ariel Sharon’s government moved toward a critical test this week. At the weekend summit of the G-8 leading industrialized nations in Genoa, Italy, President Bush for the first time backed the international community’s push to send monitors to the strife-torn West Bank and Gaza…

  • Deadly act of terror leads to cease-fire

    JERUSALEM, June 5 (JTA) — The vicious minds that planned last Friday’s suicide bombing outside a Tel Aviv disco may have been too primitive — or too filled with hate — to understand the logic of counterproductivity. The bombing which ripped through the crowd of mainly Russian immigrant teen-agers gathered outside the Dolphin Club, killing…

  • Sharon champions Israeli restraint

    JERUSALEM, June 19 (JTA) — Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, elected four months ago on a pledge to restore Israel’s sense of security, finds himself holding back the dogs of war as Palestinian militants continue picking off Israelis on West Bank roads and firing mortars at residential communities. After Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat’s Fatah Party…

  • Sharon champion of Israeli restraint

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  • Israelis come to view Arafat as the problem

    JERUSALEM, June 12 (JTA) — “Enough of trying to understand” Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat, a prominent, dovish Israeli columnist wrote midweek in the liberal newspaper Ha’aretz. “I am sick and tired of it.” The columnist’s outburst of exasperation reflects current opinion on the Israeli left. More and more opinion-makers — in politics, the media…