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  • NEWS ANALYSIS Election contenders in Israel already redrawing political map

    JERUSALEM, Dec. 22 (JTA) — The Knesset’s dramatic decision to call for early elections is quickly leading to a reshaping of Israel’s political map. One day after the Knesset vote, a new, centrist political party and several potential candidates have emerged to challenge Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. As a result of a potential onslaught from…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Netanyahu scores wins too, but will they save coalition?

    JERUSALEM, Dec. 16 (JTA) — While President Clinton”s Middle East visit is widely seen as a major success for the Palestinians, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is also claiming victory. And Netanyahu, in what may be a final effort to save his eroding coalition, plans to ask the Knesset on Monday to back these claimed…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Netanyahu scores wins too, but will they save coalition?

    JERUSALEM, Dec. 15 (JTA) — While President Clinton’s Middle East visit is widely seen as a major success for the Palestinians, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is also claiming victory. But it remains unclear whether these claimed victories will enable the premier to survive a knife-edge vote of no-confidence scheduled for next Monday in the…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Clinton’s visit can save Wye or save coalition, but not both

    JERUSALEM, Dec. 8 (JTA) — President Clinton”s visit to Israel and the Palestinian self-rule areas may save the faltering Wye agreement. But in doing so, it may also bring an end to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu”s government. Alternately, Clinton may find himself rebuffed by his Israeli hosts. And this treatment of Clinton may prove the…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Lebanon withdrawal proposal linked to possible Syrian talks

    JERUSALEM, Dec. 1 (JTA) — The deaths of seven Israeli soldiers in southern Lebanon during the past two weeks have reawakened a longstanding debate about whether Israel should withdraw from the region. Intimately linked to this debate is the question of how to deal with Syria, which, with tens of thousands of soldiers in Lebanon,…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Squabbling over security delays implementation of Wye agreement

    JERUSALEM, Nov. 3 (JTA) — The hesitant start in implementing the Wye agreement has provided painful evidence that a new age of trustful Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking has not yet dawned. The first indication that all would not proceed smoothly came Monday, when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that Israel would not implement its latest agreement with…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Did U.S. anti-terror campaign spur progress in peace talks?

    JERUSALEM, Aug. 25 (JTA) — Last week’s U.S. air strikes on Sudan and Afghanistan may have played a role in pushing Israeli-Palestinian negotiations forward. In the wake of those missile strikes, some Israeli observers were quick to predict possible American pressure on the Jewish state to reach an agreement with the Palestinians. These observers believed…

  • HIGH HOLIDAYS FEATURE For Israel, 5758 was a year of division and disappointment

    JERUSALEM, Aug. 24 (JTA) — The year now drawing to a close can hardly be described as a particularly good one for Israel, even by the most optimistic of observers. On the other hand, 5758 cannot be depicted as an especially bad year — even by the Netanyahu government’s most virulent critics. It was not…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Israeli premier, defense minister go head to head in leadership battle

    JERUSALEM, Aug. 17 (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been locked in a roller-coaster relationship with his defense minister that is fueling speculation about the next election. Some observers believe that Yitzhak Mordechai could emerge as Netanyahu’s strongest challenger in the race for the Likud Party’s candidate for prime minister. Indeed, it was…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Rescue operation in Kenya gives Israel respite from peace process

    JERUSALEM, Aug. 10 (JTA) — Cynical though it may sound, the bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania have provided a boost for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. And indeed, tragic as the bombings were, the effect extends beyond the premier, who has been buffeted between coalition moderates and hard-liners and has been…