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  • With Sharon Ailing, Elections in Israel Suddenly Up for Grabs

    Ariel Sharon’s massive brain hemorrhage has thrown Israel’s upcoming election wide open. What looked like a foregone conclusion — with the prime minister’s Kadima Party headed toward a landslide victory — could now become a close three-way race among Kadima, Labor and Likud. “From this morning we have an entirely different political situation: Three parties… More ▸

  • Israel Begins Preparations for Politics After Ariel Sharon

    Israel is resigning itself to politics without Ariel Sharon. Shock gripped the Jewish state last week when Sharon was hospitalized with a massive stroke, turning to fears for the worst when he underwent repeated surgery under deep sedation. But while doctors said they would try to bring the prime minister out of his induced coma… More ▸

  • With Sharon Ailing, Ehud Olmert, a Career Politician, Takes Top Spot

    Ehud Olmert, who has taken over as acting prime minister following Ariel Sharon’s debilitating stroke, is a career politician with a clear ideological focus. If he becomes prime minister in his own right, Olmert can be expected to carry on peacemaking efforts with the Palestinians where Sharon left off. Olmert was one of the chief… More ▸

  • As Israelis Go About Business, Sharon is on Everybody’s Mind

    As Israelis work, shop and hang out at cafes, the undercurrent of every conversation is the uncertainty of the country’s future without Ariel Sharon as prime minister. “There’s no figure who can take his place,” Nir Rosen, 26, of Netanya, said as he waited in line at the airport Thursday to check in for a… More ▸

  • Sharon’s ‘significant Stroke’ Sends Israeli Political System into Turmoil

    Just as Ariel Sharon seemed to have put a mild stroke behind him, a new health crisis has thrown the Israeli political system into turmoil. Less than three weeks after his mild Dec. 18 attack, Sharon suffered a “significant stroke” Wednesday night. The Israeli prime minister was rushed to Hadassah’s Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem,… More ▸

  • Back from Stroke, Sharon’s Health Has Become an Issue in Elections

    Only two things seem capable of stopping Ariel Sharon’s new Kadima party from winning March elections by a landslide: a hail of Palestinian rockets from the Gaza Strip or a turn for the worse in Sharon’s health. Ever since the prime minister suffered a minor stroke last week — he’s scheduled for a heart catheterization… More ▸

  • Ariel Sharon Rests Comfortably After Suffering a Minor Stroke

    Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was rushed to the hospital after he suffered a mild stroke. Doctors said he was in good condition Sunday night and would be released from the hospital soon. Sharon, 77, briefly lost consciousness en route to the hospital, reports said. Officials at Hadassah Ein-Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem announced that Sharon… More ▸

  • Shimon Peres Makes Some Noise by Quitting Labor, Joining Sharon

    A week after Prime Minister Ariel Sharon created a political earthquake by walking out of Israel’s ruling Likud Party, his old partner Shimon Peres has provided the aftershock. Peres announced Wednesday he was resigning from the Labor Party, bringing to a close almost 50 years in which he played a prominent role in the founding… More ▸

  • In Israel, Sifting the Aftermath of Sharon’s Political Earthquake

    Ariel Sharon’s dramatic break with the ruling Likud Party is expected to have implications far beyond Israeli politics. Sharon’s move Monday to form a new centrist party, temporally dubbed “National Responsibility,” will undoubtedly change the Israeli political landscape — but seasoned politicians assert that the prime minister would not have embarked on such a risky… More ▸