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  • NEWS ANALYSIS

    For those worried about the credibility of Israeli deterrence, the Israel Defense Force this week delivered two unmistakable messages – to Syria and the Palestinians – that it is willing to fight.

  • NEWS ANALYSIS

    For those worried about the credibility of Israeli deterrence, the Israel Defense Force this week delivered two unmistakable messages – to Syria and the Palestinians – that it is willing to fight.

  • Israel retaliates for Palestinian attacks

    JERUSALEM, April 11 (JTA) – Days after Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said he had a plan to restore Israeli security, the Israel Defense Force has taken its most aggressive step yet to deal with ongoing Palestinian violence. Late Tuesday night, Israeli forces entered a Palestinian refugee camp in the Gaza Strip from which Palestinian gunmen…

  • West Bank construction unleashes criticism

    JERUSALEM, April 10 (JTA) – The Palestinians hope to regain the diplomatic high ground following Israel’s announcement that it will build another 700 housing units in two West Bank settlements. Housing Minister Natan Sharansky’s insistence that the construction was approved under former Prime Minister Ehud Barak did little to mute the international condemnation, including the…

  • Israelis united against Palestinian violence

    JERUSALEM, April 4 (JTA) — Six months into the Palestinian uprising, Israeli doves and hawks are no longer arguing about the nation’s settlement policy. In fact, they are displaying a rare unity in the face of repeated Palestinian onslaughts. Palestinian attacks in recent days on two settlement enclaves left two Israeli babies among the victims…

  • Israelis united against Palestinian violence

    JERUSALEM, April 3 (JTA) — Six months into the Palestinian uprising, Israeli doves and hawks are no longer arguing about the nation’s settlement policy. In fact, they are displaying a rare unity in the face of repeated Palestinian onslaughts. Palestinian attacks in recent days on two settlement enclaves left two 10-month old Israeli babies among…

  • Labor sets date to elect chairman

    JERUSALEM, March 27 (JTA) – Israel’s leaderless Labor Party is preparing for a grueling battle for party chairman, a struggle that may affect its ability to function in Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s unity government. Labor’s 1,700-member Central Committee decided this week that an election for party leader will take place Sept. 4, meaning that candidates…

  • Israelis expect action as Sharon returns from D.C.

    JERUSALEM, March 20 (JTA) — Israel seemed to be holding its breath this week in the wake of three Palestinian attacks. The reaction wasn’t born of fear, but rather a sense that the moment of reckoning is at hand as Prime Minister Ariel Sharon returns from his first trip to Washington. Israel didn’t respond to…

  • Government depends on Sharon-Peres chemistry

    JERUSALEM, March 6 (JTA) – Ariel Sharon’s national unity government, which was to be sworn in Wednesday night, will rely on two key factors for stability and longevity. One is a close and harmonious relationship between Likud Prime Minister Sharon and Foreign Minister Shimon Peres, the senior Labor Party minister in the Cabinet. The other…

  • Israel’s peace camp in disarray

    JERUSALEM, Feb. 27 (JTA) – The public bloodletting that the Labor Party presented to the Israeli public this week has exposed the depth of disarray and confusion on the Israeli left following Prime Minister Ehud Barak’s massive defeat at the polls. Labor’s Central Committee ultimately voted by a 2-1 margin Monday to join Prime Minister-elect…