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  • 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…

  • State-of-the-art submarines added to Israel’s naval arsenal

    JERUSALEM, July 28 (JTA) — A new era in Israeli naval capability was ushered in with the arrival of the first of three German-made submarines in Haifa. The new Dolphin submarine is superior in speed and maneuverability to anything currently in Israel’s naval arsenal, according to Israeli officials. “It is a different kind of submarine…

  • Arafat will decide in two weeks whether to link Wye, final status

    JERUSALEM, July 27 (JTA) — Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat will spend the next two weeks thinking about whether to accept an Israeli proposal to integrate implementation of the Wye accord into final- status talks. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak presented the proposal to Arafat during a meeting between the two leaders at the Erez…

  • 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…

  • Knesset no-confidence motion fails, but trouble brews in Barak coalition

    JERUSALEM, July 12 (JTA) — Prime Minister Ehud Barak’s government has survived its first no-confidence motion in the Knesset, but storm clouds already appear to be brewing above his newly formed coalition. By a vote Monday of 63 to 31, the Parliament easily defeated a no-confidence motion submitted by the Likud Party over Barak’s handling…

  • 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…

  • Barak, Arafat attempt to narrow differences on final status talks

    JERUSALEM, July 11 (JTA) — A potential stumbling block to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process may have been removed by the leaders of the two sides. During a meeting Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat appeared to have narrowed their differences over whether Israel’s implementation of the Wye agreement be…

  • Barak pledges to be peacemaker as he takes prime minister’s oath

    JERUSALEM, July 6 (JTA) — Ehud Barak has been sworn in as Israel’s 10th prime minister, following a special Knesset session in which he pledged peacemaking as his government’s top priority. Following Barak’s address Tuesday and nearly five hours of speeches by other legislators, the new Israeli government and policy guidelines were approved by the…

  • Barak forges new government, will present partners next week

    JERUSALEM, June 30 (JTA) — Prime Minister-elect Ehud Barak has forged a coalition government that includes at least four parties in addition to his One Israel bloc. As required under law, Barak sent a letter Wednesday informing the acting speaker of the Knesset, former Prime Minister Shimon Peres, that he had formed his government, which…

  • Palestinian Authority must reform or it will lose support, report warns

    JERUSALEM, June 30 (JTA) — An independent, American-European report has taken Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat to task, advising him to govern more democratically and effectively or risk losing Palestinian public support. The report, “Strengthening Palestinian Public Institutions,” was presented to Arafat this week in the West Bank town of Ramallah, culminating a yearlong study…