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  • Ahead of Sharon-abbas Meeting, Rice Sees Deal on Gaza Housing

    Just as the cracks were showing in Israel’s attempt to coordinate its upcoming Gaza Strip withdrawal with the Palestinian Authority, in stepped the United States to cement a deal. U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, visiting the region ahead of a meeting this week of the Israeli and Palestinian leaders, announced that the sides had… More ▸

  • Not If, but When: Netanyahu Set to Challenge Sharon, Pundits Say

    Everyone in the Israeli political establishment knows it’s only a matter of time before Benjamin Netanyahu challenges Prime Minister Ariel Sharon for leadership of the Likud Party and the country. But speculation is now rife that the challenge could come sooner than expected. Though Netanyahu denies rumors that he intends to resign soon as finance… More ▸

  • Ariel Sharon Cheered, Protested As He Defends Gaza Plan in New York

    When Ariel Sharon spoke here this week, he met the fury of Jewish protesters vociferously opposed to his plan to withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and parts of the West Bank. “Jews don’t expel Jews,” yelled a heckler — one of three who sporadically interrupted the Israeli prime minister and were forcibly removed from the… More ▸

  • Jews and Other Americans Support Sharon, Moves for Peace, Polls Find

    Ariel Sharon’s popularity has reached a new high among Americans, and most American Jews support the Israeli prime minister’s Gaza withdrawal plan, according to new polls. It’s a “very, very good moment for the Sharon government,” said John Marttila, president of the Marttila Communications Group, which conducted the Anti-Defamation League’s 2005 Survey of American Attitudes… More ▸

  • As Withdrawal Nears, Sharon Faces Challenge from Netanyahu

    After keeping a relatively low profile in recent months, Finance Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has launched a forceful bid for the national leadership, blasting Ariel Sharon’s plan to withdraw from the Gaza Strip and trumpeting his own economic policy as a way to make Israel one of the richest countries on earth within a decade. The… More ▸

  • As Sharon Prepares to Meet Bush, Tensions Simmering in Israel, Gaza

    On the eve of one of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s most delicate diplomatic missions, Israel has managed to keep a tight lid on tensions that threaten to boil over and ruin the Gaza Strip withdrawal. Despite a weekend that saw the killing of three Palestinian youths by Israeli troops and scuffles on the Temple Mount,… More ▸

  • Knesset Approves 2005 Budget, Preserving the Sharon Government

    Thanks to his trademark tactics, patience and political savvy, Ariel Sharon has overcome the biggest political hurdle of his career as Israeli prime minister. The Knesset approved the 2005 state budget on Tuesday. The budget vote always is a big event, but this time the 120 lawmakers were making a far more fateful decision for… More ▸

  • Israel’s Budget Passes First Test As Sharon Faces Upcoming Deadline

    It appears to be budget or bust for Ariel Sharon. The $61 billion belt-tightening package has to be ratified by month’s end, or the Israeli government falls. That’s exactly what many right-wingers opposed to the Gaza withdrawal plan, including some in the ruling Likud Party, are banking on. But the prime minister scored a coup… More ▸

  • As Sharon, Abbas Visits Approach, Both Leaders Hope for Real Dividends

    Ariel Sharon’s visit next month to President Bush’s ranch in Crawford, Texas, is guaranteed plenty of pomp and circumstance. There won’t be much substance, though, until a week or so later, at a lower-key meeting between Bush and Mahmoud Abbas in Washington. That’s when Bush will assess whether the Israeli prime minister and the Palestinian… More ▸