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  • Barak says Israelis, Jews worldwide should be prepared for terror attacks

    JERUSALEM, Oct. 12 (JTA) — Islamic militants could launch a fresh wave of terrorist attacks against Jewish targets in Israel and abroad to undermine momentum in the peace process, Prime Minister Ehud Barak has warned. Citing intelligence assessments and “past experience,” Barak called Monday for a coordinated international effort to combat anticipated terrorist attacks by…

  • Israeli official defends plea bargain for American teen accused of murder

    JERUSALEM, Aug. 25 (JTA) — Israel’s attorney general is rejecting U.S. prosecutors’ criticism of a plea bargain reached with an American teen-ager who fled to Israel after a 1997 murder in Maryland. Elyakim Rubinstein told a news conference Wednesday that the deal, in which Samuel Sheinbein agreed to plead guilty to the brutal murder of…

  • Israel, Palestinians report progress ahead of Albright’s visit to the region

    JERUSALEM, Aug. 24 (JTA) — Israel is trying to build support in the Arab world for its position in negotiations with the Palestinians before U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright visits the region Sept. 1. Israel Radio reported that Israeli Foreign Minister David Levy dispatched a senior ministry official to Morocco to explain Israel’s stand…

  • Israelis, Palestinians disagree on when withdrawals will start

    JERUSALEM, Aug. 11 (JTA) — When exactly Israel will begin withdrawing from more West Bank territory has provoked a new round of disagreement between Israeli and Palestinian officials. The dispute stemmed from a comment Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak made Sunday, when he said Israel would begin implementing the Wye accord in September. At first…

  • Israelis, Palestinians disagree on when withdrawals will start

    JERUSALEM, Aug. 9 (JTA) — When exactly Israel will begin withdrawing from more West Bank territory has provoked a new round of disagreement between Israeli and Palestinian officials. The dispute stemmed from a comment Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak made Sunday, when he said Israel would begin implementing the Wye accord in September. At first…

  • Barak warns peace talks will end if Palestinians don’t stop terrorism

    JERUSALEM, Aug. 4 (JTA) — Israeli-Palestinian negotiations may be suspended entirely if the Palestinian Authority does not clamp down on terrorism, Prime Minister Ehud Barak has warned. The warning, issued after two settlers were wounded Tuesday in the West Bank town of Hebron, came at a time when Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking efforts had already been complicated…

  • Israelis, Palestinians put talks on hold and launch war of words

    JERUSALEM, Aug. 2 (JTA) — Israeli and Palestinian leaders are publicly criticizing one another after peace talks ended in disagreement with no new date set for them to reconvene. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak on Monday criticized the Palestinians’ “rigid” rejection of his proposal to delay a troop withdrawal Israel promised under the Wye accord…

  • Arafat tells Clinton he rejects linking Wye deal with final status

    JERUSALEM, July 28 (JTA) — Yasser Arafat has rejected a plan by Prime Minister Ehud Barak to link implementation of portions of the Wye agreement with the start of final-status talks. The Palestinian Authority chairman conveyed his opposition to the plan during a telephone conversation Wednesday with President Clinton, according to an Arafat spokesman. The…

  • Religious-secular tensions flare in Israel during Barak’s U.S. visit

    JERUSALEM, July 18 (JTA) — While Prime Minister Ehud Barak was holding talks abroad about reviving the Israeli-Arab peace process, the religious-secular debate was heating up back home. The issue flared up over the weekend, after Labor Ministry inspectors fined stores in a kibbutz shopping center for conducting business on the Sabbath. Trade Minister Ran…

  • DNA test puts to rest mystery of one missing Yemenite child

    JERUSALEM, July 12 (JTA) — A painful chapter in the life of Menachem Sharabi’s family has been closed after a genetic test on the remains of a child’s grave confirmed the identity of his sister, Leah, who died some four decades ago. But for Sharabi, the news could not undo 40 years of hurt and…