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  • Barak under pressure to crack down

    JERUSALEM, Nov. 15 (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak is resisting pressure to step up Israel’s military response to the violence and terror in the Palestinian territories. Back from the United States, Barak plunged into consultations with top ministers and army generals following the deaths Monday of four Israelis — two soldiers and two…

  • Can lame-duck president ease Mideast conflict?

    JERUSALEM, Nov. 7 (JTA) — How lame is a lame-duck president? In their separate meetings with President Clinton at the White House this week and next, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat were about to find out. The hope on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is that a new…

  • Shas gives Barak temporary ‘safety net

    JERUSALEM, Oct. 31 (JTA) – A lot remains unclear about Israel’s political, military and diplomatic situation. But when opposition leader Ariel Sharon emerged Monday night from a meeting that Prime Minister Ehud Barak held with party leaders in the Knesset, Sharon made at least one thing clear: His talks with Barak about forming a national…

  • The costs and benefits of unity

    JERUSALEM, Oct. 24 (JTA) – Prime Minister Ehud Barak and opposition leader Ariel Sharon are trying to get their respective parties to join a national unity government before the Knesset begins its winter session Monday. They are calling it a “government of national emergency” and insisting that the ongoing violence engulfing the Palestinian territories makes…

  • The costs and benefits of unity

    JERUSALEM, Oct. 24 (JTA) – Prime Minister Ehud Barak and opposition leader Ariel Sharon are trying to get their respective parties to join a national unity government before the Knesset begins its winter session Monday. They are calling it a “government of national emergency” and insisting that the ongoing violence engulfing the Palestinian territories makes…

  • Barak in trouble even if cease-fire holds

    JERUSALEM, Oct. 18 (JTA) – Will the cease-fire hold? That’s the most immediate question in the aftermath of this week’s agreement announced by President Clinton in Egypt. But the post-summit answer will not only affect lives, it will also affect the political future of Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and the prospects for reviving the…

  • Barak in trouble even if cease-fire holds

    JERUSALEM, Oct. 18 (JTA) – Will the cease-fire hold? That’s the most immediate question in the aftermath of this week’s agreement announced by President Clinton in Egypt. But the post-summit answer will not only affect lives, it will also affect the political future of Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and the prospects for reviving the…

  • Desecrations may be hardest to forgive

    Even if Israelis and Palestinians go back to the negotiating table, acts of sacrilege comitted on both sides may prove a huge obstacle to any peace deal. While human memory may be notoriously short and fickle, such is not true of the collective memories o

  • Desecrations may be hardest to forgive

    Even if Israelis and Palestinians go back to the negotiating table, acts of sacrilege comitted on both sides may prove a huge obstacle to any peace deal. While human memory may be notoriously short and fickle, such is not true of the collective memories o

  • Desecrations may be hardest to forgive

    Even if Israelis and Palestinians go back to the negotiating table, acts of sacrilege comitted on both sides may prove a huge obstacle to any peace deal. While human memory may be notoriously short and fickle, such is not true of the collective memories o