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  • Behind-the-scenes at U.n., Sharon Will Have One Focus — Iranian Nukes

    Ariel Sharon won’t have much time to savor this week’s expected plaudits at the United Nations for the Israeli withdrawal from the Gaza Strip. One word tops the Israeli prime minister’s behind-the-scenes U.N. agenda: Iran. Sharon’s preoccupation at the launch of the 2005-2006 U.N. General Assembly will be the Islamic republic’s potential to build nuclear… More ▸

  • Praised on World Stage, Sharon Faces Upheaval in His Own Party

    The withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and the northern West Bank may be a catalyst for a breakthrough in Israel’s diplomatic status — but it also could cost Prime Minister Ariel Sharon his job. Sharon has never been more popular in the international community, and his bold Gaza withdrawal seems likely to produce diplomatic dividends… More ▸

  • Deal on Gaza Border Strip Sets Stage for Sharon-netanyahu Battle

    The agreement under which Egyptian forces will guard a perilous corridor along the border with the Gaza Strip could prove key to Ariel Sharon’s future. The success or failure of the agreement with Egypt goes to the heart not just of Sharon’s Gaza withdrawal strategy but of his political leadership: Former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu… More ▸

  • As Ariel Sharon Plans for Future, Settlers Press Some New Demands

    Ariel Sharon is already looking ahead to the day after Israel’s withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and parts of the West Bank. Political sources said Sunday that the prime minister plans to attend a United Nations summit next month and, in a rare address to the General Assembly, request global recognition for Israel’s sacrifice of… More ▸

  • For Sharon, the Gaza Withdrawal May Determine His Place in History

    For better or for worse, Israel’s withdrawal from Gaza and the northern West Bank is certain to be one of the defining moments of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s political career. Sharon will be remembered as the Israeli leader who did the most to build settlements and then, when he became prime minister, tore them down…. More ▸

  • The Disengagement Summer Post-withdrawal, Sharon Faces Challenges on More Than One Front

    With its planned withdrawal from Gaza and the northern West Bank virtually a fait accompli, Israel is bracing for the morning after. Israeli decision makers expect challenges on several fronts: international, Palestinian and domestic. The first challenge could be a call for a new international conference to kick-start the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. France first suggested… More ▸

  • Sharon Mends Fences in France As Figures Show Anti-semitism Falling

    A year ago, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon caused a diplomatic flap when he urged French Jews to flee anti-Semitism at home and move to the Jewish state. This year, just ahead of a fence-mending visit to Paris — called to repair rifts caused not just by the Israeli prime minister’s comments but by France’s… More ▸

  • As Gaza Withdrawal Approaches, Worries Mount for Israel’s Sharon

    With the planned Israeli withdrawal from Gaza less than three weeks away, right-wing leaders say they haven’t yet given up hope of preventing it. According to the Israeli Defense Forces, about 2,000 right-wingers have managed to pass through the army cordon around Gaza and are planning to join up with radical settlers there to resist… More ▸

  • Facing Protests and Party Rebels, Sharon Struggles to Stay the Course

    With Israel’s withdrawal from the Gaza Strip just six weeks away, escalating right-wing and settler protests threaten to plunge the country into anarchy and could provoke a strong anti-settler backlash. Protesters this week blocked major highways, poured oil and scattered spikes across a busy road, occupied buildings in Gaza and stoned Palestinians and Israel Defense… More ▸