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  • Shamir May Be Ready to Cut Back on Settlements to Win U.S. Loans

    Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir is believed to be quietly seeking a deal with the Bush administration in which Israel would reduce settlement activity in the administered territories in exchange for desperately needed U.S. loan guarantees. Shamir is said to have conveyed that impression in several private conversations, including an hour-long talk Tuesday with Shoshana Cardin,… More ▸

  • Shamir Says Government Crisis Won’t Stall Mideast Peace Talks

    Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir used the occasion this week of his first meeting with the new U.S. ambassador, William Harrop, to reiterate his determination to continue the peace process, despite the political disarray surrounding his tottering government. He said there was no truth whatsoever to Arab allegations that Israel is using the political crisis as… More ▸

  • Shamir Refuses to Halt Settlements As Condition for U.S. Loan Guarantees

    Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir vowed Monday that his government will not halt settlement-building in the West Bank and Gaza Strip in order to qualify for U.S. guarantees covering $10 billion in loans desperately needed to resettle immigrants from the former Soviet Union. Although Israelis say the U.S. underwriting is essential if Israel is to borrow… More ▸

  • Shamir Trying to Keep His Party in Power As Transitional Regime

    With the fall of his coalition government all but inevitable, Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir is consulting with senior Likud figures on ways to keep the party in power as a transitional regime pending early elections. Informed sources said that the prime minister will not be rushed into resigning before an election date is set. He… More ▸

  • Two Ministers Say They Will Quit, Putting Shamir Regime in Jeopardy

    Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir is trying to keep the always shaky edifice of his narrowly based coalition government from crumbling. But by Wednesday evening, its fate seemed sealed. Science and Energy Minister Yuval Ne’eman announced on television that his far-right Tehiya party has resolved to quit the government. He said he would submit his resignation… More ▸

  • 2 Cabinet Members Step Up Threats to Pull out of Shamir’s Government

    Two far-right Cabinet ministers have stepped up their threats to quit Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir’s narrowly based coalition government, in the wake of reports that Israeli and Palestinian negotiators in Washington have begun discussing issues of substance. “The chances that I will submit my resignation to the Cabinet Sunday are very high,” Science and Energy… More ▸

  • Shamir, Trying to Preserve Coalition, Denies Any Concessions to Palestinians

    Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir tried to reassure restive members of his Cabinet on Sunday that the Israeli delegation to the peace talks in Washington has made absolutely “no concessions” to the Jordanian-Palestinian delegation. The talks were originally scheduled to resume Jan. 7, after failing to reach agreement on even the most elementary procedural matters before… More ▸

  • Meeting Between Shamir and Peres Heightens Talk of Early Elections

    A rare private meeting between Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir and Labor Party leader Shimon Peres has sparked renewed speculation about the prospects of early elections in Israel. Shamir said that Peres had sought the Monday discussion, which dealt with “parliamentary matters on which we are not necessarily divided.” The initial interpretation was that the two… More ▸

  • Over Worldwide Chorus of Protests, Shamir Insists Israel Must Deport 12

    Despite a cacophony of international protests, warnings by Arab delegations that they might not show up for the resumption of peace talks in Washington and the possibility of U.N. censure, Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir said Sunday that Israel must deport 12 Palestinian activists, as an action “against those who encourage violence and terror.” In an… More ▸

  • Shamir’s Coalition Facing Crisis with Tsomet Gone, Others Wavering

    Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir’s government is walking a political tightrope, with his Likud-led coalition already fractured and showing signs of crumbling. The government faces a crucial vote on the state budget Tuesday, which the law says must be in place by Jan. 1, the start of the new fiscal year. If the budget fails to… More ▸