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  • 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 ▸

  • Despite Party Setback, Sharon Says He’s Ready to Press Ahead with Plan

    Ariel Sharon appears to have taken unilateralism all the way: Not only does the Israeli prime minister seek one-sided “disengagement” from the Palestinians, but he’s willing to do it without the support of his own Likud Party. The Likud Central Committee voted Thursday against allowing the opposition Labor Party into a future national unity government,… More ▸

  • Sharon Defuses Settlement Crisis, but Real Test Remains Down the Road

    For a day or two in early August, Israel and the United States seemed to be heading for a showdown neither side wanted. Quick action by Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon managed to avert a looming crisis over Israeli building in the West Bank — but the tension could resume as Israel comes under pressure… More ▸

  • Human Chain from Gaza to Jerusalem Protests Sharon’s Disengagement Plan

    They’ve already spoken out against Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s Gaza withdrawal plan. This week, they took the battle to the streets. Joining hands in a human chain that stretched from the Gaza Strip to Jerusalem, some 130,000 protesters — both young and old, from the political fringes and from the mainstream — gathered on… More ▸

  • As Sharon Rebuilds Coalition and Arafat Sweats, Chance for Progress?

    Few doubt that Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s disengagement plan has the potential to become a watershed event in Middle Eastern politics, and it already is causing major upheavals in both internal Israeli and Palestinian politics. Sharon is being forced to widen his coalition to ensure a parliamentary and Cabinet majority for the plan, while on… More ▸

  • France Disinvites Sharon Following Remarks Encouraging Jews to Leave

    Encouraging immigration to Israel is part of any Israeli prime minister’s job, but Ariel Sharon’s latest attempt to convince French Jews to make aliyah has angered both French politicians and Jewish community officials in France. Sharon’s call, made in Israel to a visiting delegation of North American Jewish officials, was based on the increase in… More ▸

  • Old Foes and Friends, Sharon and Peres Again Talk Unity Government

    With the slow inevitability of ships meeting out at sea, Israel’s two elder statesmen appear to be coming together to steer the country through one of the most turbulent periods in its history. Opposition leader Shimon Peres on Tuesday won his Labor Party’s approval to accept Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s offer of talks on a… More ▸