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  • Sharon Gets His Unity Coalition — but Some Ask How Long It Can Last

    After months of parliamentary showdowns and back-room bargaining, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has finally cobbled together the coalition government crucial for his Gaza withdrawal plan. The alliance between the ruling center-right Likud Party, center-left Labor Party and fervently Orthodox United Torah Judaism bloc was sworn in Monday, shortly after Mahmoud Abbas was elected Palestinian… More ▸

  • Boost for Ariel Sharon Seen As Religious Party Joins Coalition

    Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon took a step this week that appears to boost his plan to withdraw from the Gaza Strip and parts of the West Bank. Ironically, that step was taken when Sharon convinced United Torah Judaism, a religious political party that opposes his withdrawal plan, to join his national unity government. “I… More ▸

  • In Speech, Sharon Makes Pitch for Rapprochement with Palestinians

    If, indeed, it was the Jewish state’s version of the State of the Union address, then things are good and getting better. But there was more than just self-congratulation to Ariel Sharon’s closing address Thursday to the annual strategy conference known simply as the Herzliya Conference: It also was the Israeli prime minister’s chance to… More ▸

  • Looking Toward Disengagement, Sharon and Peres Are Talking Unity

    With an eye toward withdrawing Israel from the Gaza Strip and parts of the West Bank, Ariel Sharon and Shimon Peres, lifelong friends and career rivals, are back at their old game of government building. Negotiators for Prime Minister Sharon and opposition leader Peres met Sunday for what looked to be a very short round… More ▸

  • In Key Party Vote, Sharon Gains Backing to Add Labor to Government

    If Prime Minister Ariel Sharon needed confirmation that most Israelis back his disengagement plan, he got it from his own Likud Party. Reversing earlier party opposition, the Likud Central Committee voted Thursday to allow Sharon to enter coalition talks with the opposition Labor Party in a bid to avert elections that would derail slated withdrawals… More ▸

  • Setting Their Sights on Stability, Sharon, Mubarak Bury the Hatchet

    Twice in the past three months, the already fragile relationship between Israel and Egypt seemed to head south. On Oct. 7, Egyptian security forces failed to prevent the deadly bombing of a hotel in the Sinai resort town of Taba that killed 32, including 12 Israelis — and then they delayed rescue workers for hours…. More ▸

  • For Sharon, Likud Support is Key to Unity Government, Peace Progress

    Convinced that 2005 will be a year of great peace opportunities, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is throwing his considerable political weight behind a coalition with the Labor Party. Sharon sees a Likud-Labor partnership, bolstered by at least one fervently Orthodox party, as the ideal tool for carrying through his disengagement plan and beyond. To… More ▸

  • Sharon Fires Shinui over Budget Vote, and Now Must Shore Up Government

    On the cusp of one of the stormiest years in Israel’s history, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is scrambling to keep his government afloat. Sharon on Wednesday fired ministers from the Shinui Party, his main coalition partner, after the secularist party blocked the 2005 budget to protest funding slated for religious groups. That left Sharon in… More ▸

  • Syria Continues to Call for Talks, but Sharon Camp Isn’t Buying It

    Syria’s President Bashar Assad is proving to be as stubborn a character as his father. But where Assad senior showed his obduracy by refusing to make concessions for peace, the younger Assad shows his by continually pushing for peace talks — or at least saying he wants them. Indeed, despite repeated failures to elicit a… More ▸

  • With Victory in Key Party Vote, Sharon Ups Diplomatic Prospects

    After a string of embarrassing defeats in his own party, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s victory in the election of key Likud officers raises the chances that he will be able to broaden his government and push through a promised withdrawal from the West Bank and Gaza Strip — though it’s still not certain. Likud rebels,… More ▸