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  • Likud will likely stay in opposition, as Shas predicted to join coalition

    JERUSALEM, June 28 (JTA) — Prime Minister-elect Ehud Barak appears to be moving toward forming a moderate-left government. Though Barak had initially said he hoped to form a government that also includes the Likud Party, this became unlikely Monday, when coalition talks with Likud broke down. At the same time, there were signs that the…

  • Escalation by Israel, Hezbollah marks worst violence in 3 years

    JERUSALEM, June 27 (JTA) — The latest eruption of violence along Israel’s northern border has spawned varying assessments of what exactly sparked the escalation — and whether it will affect fledgling peace overtures between Israel and Syria. In a spiraling cycle of violence, nine Lebanese were killed when Israel bombed power stations and bridges near…

  • Palestinians vent anger at Israel in widespread protests; one dead

    JERUSALEM, June 3 (JTA) — Thousands of Palestinians have clashed with Israeli troops during demonstrations throughout the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The demonstrations reportedly took place in at least nine locations on Thursday, with Palestinians marching on settlements and Israeli army posts. In one incident near the West Bank town of Hebron, a Palestinian…

  • Sunken submarine will likely remain in its underwater tomb

    JERUSALEM, June 2 (JTA) — This week’s discovery of the sunken remains of the Dakar submarine, lost at sea three decades ago, brought some measure of closure to a long and painful mystery. The submarine, and its 69 crew members, disappeared without a trace during its maiden voyage in January 1969 from Britain to Israel….

  • Beatles producer comes to Israel 35 years after ‘Fab Four’ were barred

    JERUSALEM, June 2 (JTA) — Israelis disappointed 35 years ago when the government barred the Beatles from performing here have an opportunity to gain some closure this week. Sir George Martin, the legendary record producer who discovered the Beatles, will conduct the Israel Philharmonic in tributes to the “Fab Four” this weekend in Jerusalem and…

  • 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…

  • 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….

  • Second group of Kosovar refugees receive a temporary haven in Israel

    JERUSALEM, May 26 (JTA) — A second group of 100 Kosovar refugees have arrived in Israel from Macedonia. The group, which arrived Wednesday on a plane chartered by the Jewish Agency for Israel, includes members of some 19 families, as well as relatives of refugees who arrived in Israel in April. “The main criteria” in…

  • South Lebanon Army withdrawal may be imminent after recent talks

    JERUSALEM, May 26 (JTA) — Israel and Lebanon have reportedly been holding talks via Western intermediaries aimed at withdrawing troops of the Israel-allied South Lebanon Army from a portion of the southern Lebanon security zone. Israel views the SLA pullout as a confidence-building gesture in advance of negotiations with Syria, the leading power broker in…