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  • 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 ▸

  • Ariel Sharon Feeling the Heat on Both Domestic, Foreign Issues

    The diplomatic reprieve that followed Israel’s withdrawal from the Gaza Strip appears to be over, with Ariel Sharon feeling political pressure both at home and from abroad. The surprise ouster last week of the prime minister’s coalition partner, Shimon Peres, as chief of the Labor Party has thrown Israeli politics into disarray. Peres’ successor, trade… More ▸

  • Ten Years After Rabin Killing, Sharon Has Emerged As His Heir

    As world leaders gather in Israel to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Yitzhak Rabin’s assassination, Israelis are asking to what extent the killer’s bullet changed the course of Israeli-Palestinian history. Had Rabin lived, would the Israeli-Palestinian conflict have been resolved? Or would the peace process he started still have unraveled? The latter possibility raises additional… More ▸

  • Round 1 Goes to Sharon, but Bibi Preps for a Future Challenge

    Ariel Sharon may have beaten back his most immediate challenge in his Likud Party, but the possibility of a split in the ruling party still looms large. Two opposing factions in the party, led by the Israeli prime minster and his main rival, former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, remain bitterly divided over major policy issues…. More ▸