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  • Kinder, gentler Sharon forges huge lead

    JERUSALEM, Jan. 9 (JTA) – Once reviled as a dangerous warmonger, Likud Party leader Ariel Sharon has amassed a huge lead in public opinion polls before Israel’s Feb. 6 elections on the strength of a remarkable image makeover. Two decades ago, Sharon was forced to resign as defense minister for not preventing Israel’s Lebanese Christian…

  • Jerusalem concessions force Israeli soul-searching

    JERUSALEM, Jan. 2 (JTA) – The angry, anguished cry of “Uganda” is filling the air in Israel these days. It doesn’t mean much to the uninitiated. But for those schooled in the fundamentals of Zionist history, this esoteric code word says it all. Uganda was where the Zionist movement, back in 1903, considered setting up…

  • Jerusalem concessions force Israeli soul-searching

    JERUSALEM, Jan. 2 (JTA) – The angry, anguished cry of “Uganda” is filling the air in Israel these days. It doesn’t mean much to the uninitiated. But for those schooled in the fundamentals of Zionist history, this esoteric code word says it all. Uganda was where the Zionist movement, back in 1903, considered setting up…

  • Jerusalem concessions force Israeli soul-searching

    The anguished cry of “Uganda” is filling the air in Israel these days. Uganda was where the Zionist movement, back in 1903, considered setting up a Jewish homeland. But the plan was rejected, as they held that only Zion could be the legitimate goal of Zio

  • Will Israelis approve a peace deal?

    JERUSALEM, Dec. 27 (JTA) – Will the Israeli people approve the peace agreement evolving between their prime minister, Ehud Barak, and Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat? That is the question exercising Israel, the Middle East and much of the world this last week of the year 2000. The impact of the envisioned changes, not only…

  • Cautious optimism in Mideast

    You’d think that 11 weeks of violence would have hardened positions on both sides, yet observers see something more complex in Israeli and Palestinian public opinion. While fear and hatred have deepened, so has the realization that a negotiated settlement

  • Cautious optimism in Mideast

    You’d think that 11 weeks of violence would have hardened positions on both sides, yet observers see something more complex in Israeli and Palestinian public opinion. While fear and hatred have deepened, so has the realization that a negotiated settlement

  • Netanyahu seeks to convince public he’s changed

    JERUSALEM, Dec. 12 (JTA) – Just 18 months after Benjamin Netanyahu was voted out of office, public opinion polls show that he would decimate Prime Minister Ehud Barak in a head-to-head contest – if Netanyahu can only get around the legal obstacles to his candidacy. Ever smooth before the cameras, Netanyahu gave little hint when…

  • Israelis consider changing voting system

    JERUSALEM, Dec. 4 (JTA) – As America wrestles with the question of who won its election, Israeli politicians this week were arguing over how, when and even if to hold their election two years ahead of schedule. At issue is a call to change the present “direct elections” system – in force only since 1996…

  • Heading for elections, Barak walks a tightrope

    JERUSALEM, Nov. 28 (JTA) – Prime Minister Ehud Barak has launched an election campaign amid violent conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. He hopes to conclude the campaign some time in the spring with renewed peace hopes, or, better yet, with a draft peace agreement that he can submit to the public as his election…