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  • 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 ▸

  • In Showdown over Referendum, Sharon Faces Gravest Political Test

    With opposition mounting among settlers and in his own Likud Party, Ariel Sharon’s political future and the fate of his plan to withdraw from the Gaza Strip and northern West Bank may be decided in the Knesset next week. The Israeli prime minister hopes to win a decisive majority in the Oct. 26 vote on… More ▸

  • After Deepest-ever Gaza Sweep, Sharon Moves to Avert Rightist Crisis

    Israel’s deepest-ever incursion into the Gaza Strip has struck a blow against Palestinian rocket crews. But even as Israel vowed to re-enter Gaza should rocket fire resume, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was working to quell another potential crisis, this one among Israelis. Sharon met with Yesha Council settler leaders on Sunday — three days after… More ▸

  • Jewish Groups Debate How to Back Sharon’s Gaza Plan

    Now that Ariel Sharon is hurrying along plans to withdraw from the Gaza Strip, a number of American Jewish groups believe it’s time to formally sign on with the Israeli prime minister. An effort to round up organizational support for the removal of settlements from the Gaza Strip and from part of the West Bank… More ▸

  • Right and Left Fight for Legitimacy As Sharon Plows Ahead with Pullout

    As Prime Minister Ariel Sharon powers ahead with plans for disengagement from the Gaza Strip, charges are flying between proponents and naysayers determined to gain monopolies on legitimacy, each side accusing the other of trampling on democratic norms. The settlers claim Sharon does not have a popular majority for his plan and accuse him of… More ▸

  • With Discourse Focused on Civil War, Sharon, Settlers Use Fear to Own Ends

    On the eve of the Jewish New Year, Israel’s national discourse was dominated by talk of potential civil war, but few of those talking dared define the possible dimensions of such a conflict. Would it mean confrontations between soldiers and civilians? Would it be limited to the extreme margins of the settler movement? Would it… More ▸

  • As Fears Mount of a Civil War, Israelis Rally Against Sharon Plan

    Dictator — yes; traitor — no. Such were the distinctions guiding Sunday night’s rally in Jerusalem against Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and his “disengagement plan.” Smarting from Sharon’s warnings that his harsher pro-settler critics could spark civil war, demonstration organizers tore down one banner labeling the prime minister a traitor. But elsewhere in the crowd… More ▸

  • Back on the Farm, Sharon Weighs His Options — but None is Promising

    Ariel Sharon has been weighing the options for his government and “disengagement plan” since his humiliating defeat at last week’s Likud Party convention, but none of the alternatives looks particularly good. Formally, the convention merely voted against continuing coalition talks with the dovish Labor party. But the subtext of the vote was clear: Hawkish party… More ▸