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  • Israelis grieve for King Hussein as they recall his path of peace

    JERUSALEM, Feb. 7 (JTA) — Israelis around the country lit candles in their homes. Some even braved the bad weather to light candles outside the Jordanian Embassy near Tel Aviv. By government decree, the Israeli flag was flown at half-mast to symbolize the nation’s grief over the death of Jordan’s King Hussein. Indeed, Sunday’s death…

  • THE ROAD TO ISRAEL’S ELECTIONS Israeli Arabs mull best chance of swaying vote for new premie

    JERUSALEM, Feb. 1 (JTA) — Israeli Arabs found themselves with a new political party this week when the owner of an advertising firm in Jaffa founded The New Arab. While the latest entry in Israel’s political arena does not stand much of a chance, its founder, Makram Mahoul, sent a clear message: The needs of…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Israelis react with caution to Jordan’s decision on new heir

    JERUSALEM, Jan. 25 (JTA) — Israeli officials are reacting cautiously to Jordanian King Hussein’s decision to name a new successor. Hussein’s eldest son Abdullah — who now replaces the King’s brother, Crown Prince Hassan, as heir to the Hashemite throne — is largely an unknown entity, particularly with regard to Israeli-Jordanian relations. Reserve Col. Shalom…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Two years after Hebron pact, Israelis and Arabs remain wary

    JERUSALEM, Jan. 19 (JTA) — Two years after Israeli troops withdrew from most of Hebron, the West Bank town remains a powder keg. Some 150,000 Palestinians live side by side with about 500 Jewish settlers as they have for years — warily. Each group claims a historical right to live there, and each group denies…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Arab world weighs its options as Israel campaign season unfolds

    JERUSALEM, Jan. 10 (JTA) — As Israel enters an election season, the Arab world is watching closely, carefully weighing its options. If Arab leaders could take part in the Israeli election campaign, it is no secret that they would work hard against the re-election of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Indeed, in June 1996 — days…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Continued presence in Lebanon becoming Israeli campaign issue

    JERUSALEM, Jan. 4 (JTA) — Israel”s continued presence in southern Lebanon is likely to be a major issue in the country”s upcoming elections. The continually rising death toll of Israeli soldiers, coupled with periodic Hezbollah rocket attacks on northern Israeli communities, has repeatedly prompted the question of whether — and how — to end Israel”s…

  • THE EMERGING CANDIDATES Barak stumps on Shabbat as battle for Arab vote begins

    JERUSALEM, Dec. 29 (JTA) — Ehud Barak’s weekend visit to Arab communities in northern Israel has made two facts clear early in the election campaign: The Labor Party leader absolutely needs the Arab vote to win the premiership, and he has little hope of securing support among fervently Orthodox Jews. But Barak’s Christmas tour of…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Arafat will be major player in Israeli election campaign

    JERUSALEM, Dec. 22 (JTA) — Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat will have to muster all his political skills for the coming months — because he is about to play a major role in Israel’s election campaign. It is no secret that the Palestinian leader would far prefer that an Israeli politician more moderate than Prime…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Prisoner issue tops list of Palestinian complaints

    JERUSALEM, Dec. 15 (JTA) — When President Clinton visited the Gaza Strip this week, the issue of Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails inevitably became a key item on his agenda. Within a matter of weeks, the issue has risen quickly to the top of the list of Palestinian complaints against the Jewish state, in…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS PNC vote to nullify covenant is recast to Israel’s satisfaction

    JERUSALEM, Dec. 14 (JTA) — The gathering of hundreds of Palestinian representatives in the Gaza Strip this week felt like a remake of an old movie. When the members of the Palestine National Council, along with other groups, jumped to their feet and raised their hands to show President Clinton that they no longer seek…