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  • Looking Toward Disengagement, Sharon and Peres Are Talking Unity

    With an eye toward withdrawing Israel from the Gaza Strip and parts of the West Bank, Ariel Sharon and Shimon Peres, lifelong friends and career rivals, are back at their old game of government building. Negotiators for Prime Minister Sharon and opposition leader Peres met Sunday for what looked to be a very short round… More ▸

  • In Key Party Vote, Sharon Gains Backing to Add Labor to Government

    If Prime Minister Ariel Sharon needed confirmation that most Israelis back his disengagement plan, he got it from his own Likud Party. Reversing earlier party opposition, the Likud Central Committee voted Thursday to allow Sharon to enter coalition talks with the opposition Labor Party in a bid to avert elections that would derail slated withdrawals… More ▸

  • For Sharon, Likud Support is Key to Unity Government, Peace Progress

    Convinced that 2005 will be a year of great peace opportunities, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is throwing his considerable political weight behind a coalition with the Labor Party. Sharon sees a Likud-Labor partnership, bolstered by at least one fervently Orthodox party, as the ideal tool for carrying through his disengagement plan and beyond. To… More ▸

  • Setting Their Sights on Stability, Sharon, Mubarak Bury the Hatchet

    Twice in the past three months, the already fragile relationship between Israel and Egypt seemed to head south. On Oct. 7, Egyptian security forces failed to prevent the deadly bombing of a hotel in the Sinai resort town of Taba that killed 32, including 12 Israelis — and then they delayed rescue workers for hours…. More ▸

  • Sharon Fires Shinui over Budget Vote, and Now Must Shore Up Government

    On the cusp of one of the stormiest years in Israel’s history, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is scrambling to keep his government afloat. Sharon on Wednesday fired ministers from the Shinui Party, his main coalition partner, after the secularist party blocked the 2005 budget to protest funding slated for religious groups. That left Sharon in… More ▸

  • Syria Continues to Call for Talks, but Sharon Camp Isn’t Buying It

    Syria’s President Bashar Assad is proving to be as stubborn a character as his father. But where Assad senior showed his obduracy by refusing to make concessions for peace, the younger Assad shows his by continually pushing for peace talks — or at least saying he wants them. Indeed, despite repeated failures to elicit a… More ▸

  • With Victory in Key Party Vote, Sharon Ups Diplomatic Prospects

    After a string of embarrassing defeats in his own party, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s victory in the election of key Likud officers raises the chances that he will be able to broaden his government and push through a promised withdrawal from the West Bank and Gaza Strip — though it’s still not certain. Likud rebels,… More ▸

  • Book: Sharon and Generals Talked of Seizing Power Before 1967 War

    As an Israeli army general in the tense days before the 1967 Six-Day War, Ariel Sharon proposed that the military seize the initiative from indecisive Cabinet ministers and launch a pre-emptive strike on the Arabs without government approval, according to a new official history of the period. The prime minister’s comments, in a book commissioned… More ▸

  • Sharon Wins a Vote in the Knesset, but May End Up Losing Government

    Tuesday, Oct. 26 may well go down as one of the more important, and bizarre, dates in the annals of Israeli politics. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon won a resounding victory in the Knesset for his plan to withdraw from the Gaza Strip and part of the West Bank, but the vote ended with his Likud… More ▸

  • Miles to Go Before Withdrawal: Sharon Plan Still Faces Opposition

    The battles over Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s plan to withdraw Israel from the Gaza Strip and parts of the West Bank next year appear to be far from over. Some 67 out of 120 legislators were expected to support the plan in a Knesset vote Tuesday, with opposition lawmakers as likely to back Sharon… More ▸