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  • Israel’s Lebanon plan brought Syria to the table

    JERUSALEM, Dec. 12 (JTA) — The key to getting Israeli-Syrian officials back to the negotiating table may well have been Israeli policy toward Lebanon. For months, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak has stated that he plans to withdraw his troops from southern Lebanon by next July. Last week, during a series of telephone calls between…

  • Can Israel afford to trade water for peace?

    JERUSALEM, Dec. 27 (JTA) — In Israel, the skies are dry too often, yet the country is negotiating a peace with the Palestinians and Syrians that may require giving up valuable water resources. As the drought drags on, opponents of giving up land for peace on the West Bank and the Golan are playing up…

  • Palestinians worry about being sidelined for Syria

    JERUSALEM, Dec. 19 (JTA) — The resumption of Israeli-Syrian negotiations has set off alarm bells among some Palestinian officials. Their concern centers on one possibility: that Israel will focus on achieving a peace agreement with Damascus while letting the talks with the Palestinian Authority languish. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak attempted to dispel such concern…

  • Israel’s Lebanon plan brought Syria to the table

    JERUSALEM, Dec. 12 (JTA) — The key to getting Israeli-Syrian officials back to the negotiating table may well have been Israeli policy toward Lebanon. For months, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak has stated that he plans to withdraw his troops from southern Lebanon by next July. Last week, during a series of telephone calls between…

  • Arafat’s Palestinian critics getting bolder

    JERUSALEM, Dec. 5 (JTA) — Mouawiya al-Masri was returning to his home in the West Bank town of Nablus when three gunmen attacked him. Luckily, Masri was only lightly wounded in the foot in the Dec. 1 incident — but he learned the hard way that one should think twice before publicly attacking the Palestinian…

  • Seeking to eradicate Jewish character of Israel

    JERUSALEM, Nov. 23 (JTA) — For the first time since the creation of Israel, a group of Israeli Arab Knesset members is launching a campaign against the Jewish character of the state. Aimed at turning Israel into a “state of all its citizens,” the effort is using the same campaign slogan employed earlier this year…

  • If Syrian leader is sick, talks would be tricky

    Israeli officials, carefully monitoring reports that Syrian President Hafez Assad is ill, are worried about a power vacuum or succession battle in Damascus. Some Israelis are worried that if the political situation in Syria is uncertain, then so is the re

  • If Syrian leader is sick, talks would be tricky

    Israeli officials, carefully monitoring reports that Syrian President Hafez Assad is ill, are worried about a power vacuum or succession battle in Damascus. Some Israelis are worried that if the political situation in Syria is uncertain, then so is the re

  • Are fences good neighbors for Israelis, Palestinians?

    Pipe bomb explosions in Israel have given new life to the controversial idea of a fence along the border between Israel and the West Bank. While some Israelis say a physical separation would be the best way to protect against terror attacks, Palestinians

  • Fear and hope along the safe passage

    JERUSALEM, Nov. 1 (JTA) — Israelis were on their way back from a solidarity rally with the Jewish settlers of Hebron when their worst fears were realized. Assailants in the dark fired on their bus. No group claimed responsibility for Saturday night’s ambush near the West Bank village of Tarkumiya — the final point of…