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  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Lebanese workers in Israel fear a withdrawal of forces

    METULLA, Israel, Feb. 16 (JTA) — Every morning before sunrise, Ehud Neustadt, a farmer from this small town at one of Israel’s northernmost points, travels to pick up eight workers at the Lebanese border. The workers, residents of southern Lebanon, are an indispensable part of the operations at Neustadt’s apple orchard. “I am very dependent…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Arab disunity thwarts Arafat quest for ‘cooperation’ summit

    JERUSALEM, June 8 (JTA)—Yasser Arafat is not giving up. As the faltering Middle East peace process continues its up-and-down course, the chairman of the Palestinian Authority is pursuing his grand tour of the Arab world, trying to convince fellow Arabs to unite for a summit. Arab leaders must come together “not just to face the…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Will Palestinians declare independent state next year?

    JERUSALEM, May 5 (JTA) — As Israel celebrated its 50th anniversary, Yasser Arafat vowed that in a year the Palestinians would celebrate their own independence. The chairman of the Palestinian Authority reiterated publicly that on May 4, 1999, the state of Palestine would be proclaimed — with or without Israel’s consent. In response, Prime Minister…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Hamas unwilling to join new Palestinian Cabinet

    JERUSALEM, June 16 (JTA) — Yasser Arafat is seeking a new partner, but the man he is courting is playing hard to get. Early this week, the chairman of the Palestinian Authority invited Hamas to join his Cabinet as part of a reshuffle. The offer came on the eve of a Palestinian Legislative Council session…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Confrontation in West Bank highlights tension over settlers

    JERUSALEM, April 21 (JTA) — It could have been a scene out of the American Wild West: Jewish settlers and Arab shepherds confronting each other violently this week in the Hebron hills over a piece of land. Both the settlers and shepherds made the all-too-familiar claim: This West Bank land is my land, and mine…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Palestinians mark jubilee with ceremony of ‘disaster

    JERUSALEM, Feb. 17 (JTA) — Palestinians are looking upon Israel’s jubilee year with despair. Had the political circumstances been different, the leadership may not have placed the “nakba,” the Arabic word for disaster, at the top of the public agenda. But recent events have ripened the sour feelings among Palestinians: * The peace process is…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Raising hopes for tourism, a casino rises in biblical Jericho

    JERICHO, West Bank, June 29 (JTA) — Two giant buildings grow out of the arid terrain near this ancient town. Tall, newly planted palm trees flank the entrance to the complex. These new additions to the landscape presage the opening of a casino scheduled to open here this fall — the first legal gambling house…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Crisis with Iraq reverberates despite inspections agreement

    JERUSALEM, Feb. 24 (JTA) — It appeared for a while this week that Israel and its neighbors were the only countries unable to get used to the idea that there might not be a Gulf War after all. Frustrated Palestinians and Jordanians proceeded this week with violent demonstrations to show solidarity with Iraq — as…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Turkey once again seeks Jewish help in Washington

    ANKARA, Turkey, March 10 (JTA) — What a difference two years make. In the summer of 1996, Israel — and Jews around the world — were worried about Turkey. The first Islamic-led government in modern Turkey’s history had just taken power — and the new prime minister, Necmettin Erbekan, wanted to strengthen Turkey’s ties with…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Resignation marks latest twist in David Levy’s political career

    JERUSALEM, Jan. 6 (JTA) — When David Levy resigned as Israel’s foreign minister this week, he finally received what has long eluded him: center stage in Israeli politics. Since the Moroccan-born construction-worker-turned-politician first entered the public eye when then-Prime Minister Menachem Begin appointed him to the Cabinet in 1977, Levy has often used the threat…