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  • NEWS ANALYSIS Calm before the storm: Will Clinton, Netanyahu collide?

    JERUSALEM, Jan. 13 (JTA) — An air of expectation pervaded Israel this week as both the government and opposition looked to the prime minister’s scheduled meeting with President Clinton in Washington on Jan. 20 as the key to future developments in both the domestic and international arenas. Not even a tie Knesset vote on a…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Could top talk on Lebanon lead to Israeli withdrawal?

    JERUSALEM, March 17 (JTA) — If the Israeli government’s current Lebanon initiative is a public relations gimmick — as its critics insist — it’s working. The international community and the international media is full of discussions of Israel’s desire to withdraw from southern Lebanon. For the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the focus on…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Dance troupe controversy spurs fears of cultural war

    JERUSALEM, May 5 (JTA) — Israel”s jubilee celebrations were held under the official slogan, “Together in Pride, Together in Hope,” but Israelis emerged from the festivities even less together than usual. All over the country, people are speaking of a “kulturkampf,” a cultural war — and even a civil war — in the wake of…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Divine act or coincidence? Israelis ponder sex scandal

    JERUSALEM, Jan. 26 (JTA) — If President Clinton’s problems were in the hands of Israeli public opinion, he wouldn’t have a problem at all. The outpouring of press coverage about Clinton’s alleged affair with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky has reached the news-addicted shores of Israel, where it has provoked widespread sympathy for the…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Exasperated Albright hints at shift in U.S. peace policy

    JERUSALEM, Feb. 3 (JTA) — U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright”s decision to go public with her frustration over the Middle East peace process represented a change in U.S. policy — at least on the tactical level. But does it presage a policy review on a more substantive level? After meeting last weekend with Israeli…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Move to change election law blow to heads of Likud, Labor

    JERUSALEM, June 3 (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and opposition leader Ehud Barak, at odds about so much, now find themselves perched on the same shaky limb in the wake of a Knesset move to change the system of electing a prime minister. Last week’s vote to revoke the direct election law —…

  • Back to court and Knesset? The pluralism battle plods on

    JERUSALEM, Feb. 10 (JTA) — Back to the courts and the Knesset? No one is sure where the battle over religious pluralism in Israel is headed now that efforts for resolving the conversion crisis through negotiations apparently have failed. The Reform and Conservative movements are vowing to head back to the Israeli courts to press…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Israelis opposed to withdrawal mount public relations campaign

    JERUSALEM, June 8 (JTA) — Another week, another sigh of relief from the far right of the Israeli political spectrum. Despite a recent flurry of speculation, largely fueled by Israeli officials, the United States let it be known this week that a deal to revive the Israeli- Palestinian peace process is still not in sight….

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Complacent Israelis begin to think seriously about Iraq

    JERUSALEM, Feb. 17 (JTA) — With a single offhand comment, Defense Minister Yitzhak Mordechai has sent Israelis into a panic. In a radio interview, Mordechai suggested that Israelis buy plastic sheeting and masking tape to be equipped if and when the order comes to prepare a ‘sealed room’ to deal with an unconventional weapons assault…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Barak faces new challenge: opposition in party he heads

    JERUSALEM, June 15 (JTA) — “Midsummer madness” was how Labor Party leader Ehud Barak this week dismissed signs of dissent in the senior ranks of his party. “I know it’s only June,” he said, “but apparently some of our people are feeling the heat as though it were July or August already.” Barak, who often…