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  • 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 ▸

  • Back from Triumphant U.N. Turn, Sharon Faces Key Likud Showdown

    After weeks of bitter sparring, what could be the decisive first round of the big fight between Ariel Sharon and Benjamin Netanyahu for leadership of the Likud Party and the country is set to take place. If pollsters are to be believed, Sharon will struggle to hold onto power in the party in next week’s… More ▸

  • In Speech to U.n., Sharon Sounds Alarm About Iran, Stresses Peace

    He didn’t mention Iran by name, but the target of Ariel Sharon’s warning was as clear as his message: The world is facing a serious threat. “Even today, there are those who sit here as representatives of a country whose leadership calls to wipe Israel off the face of the earth, and no one speaks… More ▸

  • Text of Ariel Sharon’s Speech to the U.N. General Assembly

    The following is the text of the speech delivered by Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday: My friends and colleagues, heads and representatives of the U.N. member states, I arrived here from Jerusalem, the capital of the Jewish people for over 3,000 years, and the undivided and eternal… More ▸

  • Sharon Meets Bush, Muslim Leaders As 60th U.N. General Assembly Opens

    President Bush’s criticism of the U.N. Human Rights Commission in his keynote address at this year’s U.N. General Assembly opening must have been music to Jewish ears. After all, the commission saves some of its harshest opprobrium for Israel, singling out the Jewish state more than any other nation for repeated and disproportionate criticism. This… More ▸