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  • Sharon Has Support from Israelis, but His Own Party Deals Him Setback

    Days before a make-or-break Israeli budget vote, Ariel Sharon got a drubbing — from his own Likud Party. The Likud Central Committee voted overwhelmingly Thursday to urge the party’s lawmakers to demand a referendum on the Gaza withdrawal plan, defying the prime minister. “The Cabinet and Parliament made decisions and these decisions will be carried… More ▸

  • In Israel, Conference of Presidents Backs Ariel Sharon’s Evacuation Plan

    Over the clatter of dishes and glasses at a lunch Sunday for Israel’s minister of defense, James Tisch, chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, says he leaned over to tell his guest that the conference backs Israel’s withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and parts of the West Bank. “I just… More ▸

  • Sharon, Abbas to Meet at Summit That Could Lead to Real Breakthrough

    Call it the “Return of the ‘Road Map.’ ” Almost two years after Ariel Sharon and Mahmoud Abbas stood on the shore of the Red Sea and launched the U.S.-led peace plan, the two leaders will meet again. With Yasser Arafat now dead and Abbas already making his mark as the new Palestinian Authority president,… More ▸

  • As Abbas Settles In, Sharon Presses for Immediate Action Against Terror

    Ariel Sharon took Palestinians, Israelis and the international community by surprise when he broke off ties with Mahmoud Abbas a day before the new Palestinian Authority president was sworn in — and there are contradictory interpretations as to why he did it. Aides say the Israeli prime minister was delivering a clear message — that… More ▸

  • 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 ▸

  • 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 ▸