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  • NEWS ANALYSIS Barak looks for common ground with potential coalition partners

    JERUSALEM, June 1 (JTA) — Prime Minister-elect Ehud Barak continued efforts this week to form a broad-based coalition from divergent political parties, but did not rule out the possibility of creating a narrow government if necessary. While his negotiating team worked at courting the Likud Party and, to a lesser degree, the fervently Orthodox Shas…

  • Likud expects to be in coalition, officials say after initial discussions

    JERUSALEM, May 26 (JTA) — Prime Minister-elect Ehud Barak is intent on bringing the Likud Party into his coalition, according to Likud officials. Emerging confident from discussions Tuesday at Barak’s temporary headquarters in a Herzliya hotel, Likud officials said the head of Barak’s coalition negotiating team, David Libai, had said as much in their talks….

  • Barak issues policy statement as coalition discussions begin

    JERUSALEM, May 24 (JTA) — With Israel’s elections over, coalition talks are now beginning. On Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak presented potential coalition partners with a 10-point plan outlining his policy goals. The plan, which is a summary of a 39-page document that more fully spells out his goals, includes the following points: *…

  • In aftermath of election victory, Barak keeps mum about coalition

    JERUSALEM, May 23 (JTA) — With Israel’s elections over, coalition talks are now set to begin. Israeli Prime Minister-elect Ehud Barak plans to begin coalition negotiations this week by inviting representatives from all parties in the Knesset to describe their vision of what the goals and composition of the next government should be, the head…

  • Israeli film shown at Cannes, but fails to take home any prizes

    JERUSALEM, May 23 (JTA) — A love story set in a fervently Orthodox neighborhood in Jerusalem was among the films shown at the 52nd Cannes Festival this week. The movie, directed by Amos Gitai, was the first Israeli film in 25 years to be screened as part of the main competition at the prestigious festival…

  • PROFILE Barak’s ‘lightning’ victory follows path of his mentor, Yitzhak Rabin

    JERUSALEM, May 18 (JTA) — Ehud Barak swept to a lightning victory in Israel’s elections this week, as befits a man whose Hebrew name means just that. Barak’s stunning victory over Likud’s Benjamin Netanyahu — he received 56 percent of the vote to Netanyahu’s 44 percent, with more than 97 percent of the vote counted…

  • 11th-hour drama reshapes race, leaves two contenders for premier

    JERUSALEM, May 16 (JTA) — Israel is poised for a change in leadership, according to a poll released Sunday. Labor Party candidate Ehud Barak will receive 55 percent of Monday’s vote, to 44.5 percent for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, said the poll, published in the Israeli newspaper Globes. The poll, which asked 1,000 Israelis which…

  • THE ROAD TO ISRAEL’S ELECTIONS Ignoring negative opinion polls, Netanyahu promises he will w

    JERUSALEM, May 13 (JTA) — Days before Israel’s national elections, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is dismissing opinion polls and declaring he will emerge the winner in Monday’s vote. Addressing supporters Thursday, Netanyahu lashed out at the media, which he accused of rallying behind Labor Party leader Ehud Barak. “They are afraid. And what are they…

  • Israeli high court ruling defuses confrontation over Orient House

    JERUSALEM, May 11 (JTA) — Israel’s High Court of Justice has defused an issue that could have prompted violence days before Israel’s elections. The high court on Tuesday delayed implementation of a government order to close three offices at Orient House, the Palestinians’ de facto headquarters in eastern Jerusalem. Ruling on a petition filed by…

  • Israeli-Palestinian tensions rise over order to close Orient House

    JERUSALEM, May 10 (JTA) — The Palestinians’ de facto headquarters in eastern Jerusalem has become the focal point of tensions that could lead to violence only days before Israel holds its elections. Israeli and Palestinian officials made a final bid Monday to reach a compromise regarding three offices at Orient House that Israel charges are…