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  • Barak’s political life depends on Syria referendum

    JERUSALEM, Dec. 20 (JTA) — “If you lose the referendum, will you resign?” The interviewer’s question to Prime Minister Ehud Barak on Israeli television over the weekend was clearly one Barak would have preferred to do without. Yet, as he must have known, it was one that has been on everyone’s minds and lips here…

  • Quiet in the North precedes Israel-Syria talks

    JERUSALEM, Dec. 27 (JTA) — A significant relaxation of tension along the Israel-Lebanon border has become the backdrop to next week’s second round of peace talks between Israel and Syria. Prospects for a final resolution to the Lebanon morass could be critical for Prime Minister Ehud Barak on two fronts — both as he seeks…

  • Quiet in the North precedes Israel-Syria talks

    JERUSALEM, Dec. 27 (JTA) — A significant relaxation of tension along the Israel-Lebanon border has become the backdrop to next week’s second round of peace talks between Israel and Syria. Prospects for a final resolution to the Lebanon morass could be critical for Prime Minister Ehud Barak on two fronts — both as he seeks…

  • Barak’s political life depends on Syria referendum

    JERUSALEM, Dec. 20 (JTA) — “If you lose the referendum, will you resign?” The interviewer’s question to Prime Minister Ehud Barak on Israeli television over the weekend was clearly one Barak would have preferred to do without. Yet, as he must have known, it was one that has been on everyone’s minds and lips here…

  • Negotiating for the hearts of Israelis

    Israelis already consider a negotiated withdrawal from the Golan Heights to be a “done deal.” The buzz now is whether the people will vote to accept it in a referendum. The focus of the forthcoming drama will not be the negotiating table, but the streets

  • Negotiating for the hearts of Israelis

    Israelis already consider a negotiated withdrawal from the Golan Heights to be a “done deal.” The buzz now is whether the people will vote to accept it in a referendum. The focus of the forthcoming drama will not be the negotiating table, but the streets

  • Barak portrayed as cold to plight of handicapped

    JERUSALEM, Nov. 9 (JTA) — Some Israelis were hoping this week that Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat doesn’t read Israeli newspapers or watch Israeli television. That way he wouldn’t have seen how Prime Minister Ehud Barak suddenly caved in Sunday to the demands of the country’s handicapped population — after he stood firm through a…

  • Nitty-gritty negotiations will be secret

    JERUSALEM, Nov. 1 (JTA) — A series of key diplomatic appointments has injected new vigor into the slowly reawakening Middle East peace process. Israel and United States appear to be regrouping their envoys and officials in advance of a new year in which Israeli-Palestinian negotiations for a final peace agreement will either sink or swim….

  • 5759: a historic year in Israel

    JERUSALEM, Aug. 9 (JTA) — Will 5759 be remembered as a year of radical change in the course and direction of Israel’s history, or merely as a year when the government changed hands after an election and life went on much as it did before? The answer, as 5760 begins, is that the jury is…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Dismantlement of settlements will test Barak and peace process

    JERUSALEM, Oct. 12 (JTA) — The painful process of dismembering Israel’s West Bank settlements began this week — and it will provide a crucial test of Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak’s domestic strength and future ability to move ahead with the peace process. In a politically significant step, Barak launched discussions with settlement leaders Tuesday…