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  • 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…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Arab girl’s rehabilitation is handicapped by politics

    JERUSALEM, Dec. 7 (JTA) — The story of Alla Ghneim is a tale about tragedy and hope — and frustration. It’s also about how individuals can fall victim to the unintended consequences of Israeli-Palestinian politics. In March 1995, 5-year-old Alla and a friend were crossing the main road passing through her West Bank village of…

  • Dozens hurt as Israeli Arabs, police clash over expropriations

    JERUSALEM, Sept. 28 (JTA) — The contentious issue of land expropriation has spurred some of the worst clashes in recent years between Israeli Arabs and police. The clashes began Sunday after Israeli Arab demonstrators gathered to protest the confiscation of land from the town of Umm el-Fahm and the nearby village of Muawiya for use…

  • Israeli defense chief condemns idea of pre-emptive strike at Iran

    JERUSALEM, Sept. 27 (JTA) — Israeli Defense Minister Yitzhak Mordechai has lashed out at a proposal that Israel launch a pre-emptive military strike against Iran. The proposal was made Sunday by Knesset member Ephraim Sneh, health minister in the former Labor government, after Iran made its first public display of its Shahab-3 missile during a…

  • Friend of Rabin’s killer sentenced to 9 months

    JERUSALEM, Sept. 27 (JTA) — A friend of Yitzhak Rabin’s killer has been sentenced to nine months in jail for knowing of the assassination plans in advance but failing to warn police. Margalit Har-Shefi, who expressed remorse for her actions for the first time after the sentencing, faced a maximum of two years in prison….