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  • 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 ▸

  • 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 ▸