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  • Cabinet Approves Sharon Plan, but Hurdles Remain for Gaza Pullout

    Ariel Sharon’s Gaza withdrawal plan overcame a key hurdle with its passage in the Israeli Cabinet this week, but there are more obstacles ahead. The version of the plan the Cabinet approved by a vote of 14-7 Sunday was a withdrawal in principle, but the Cabinet did not vote on actually dismantling any Jewish settlements… More ▸

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    Israel pulled out of the Gaza Strip refugee camp of Rafah. The troops left all areas of Rafah on Monday night. During the weeklong maneuver, called Operation Rainbow, the army killed 41 Palestinian terrorists and 11 civilians, and destroyed three tunnels used for weapons smuggling, Brig. Gen. Shmuel Zakai said. Palestinians say many of those… More ▸

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    The United States abstained from a U.N. Security Council resolution blasting Israel for the demolition of Palestinian homes in the Rafah refugee camp, in the southern Gaza Strip. The abstention was a departure from typical U.S. policy, which is to veto any U.N. Security Council resolution on the Middle East that does not meet certain… More ▸

  • ‘yekkes’ Gather to Mark Their Contributions to the Jewish State

    Pedantic, polite, always on time but a little bit out of place — that’s the caricature in Israel of the “yekke,” the German-speaking Jewish immigrant. Yekkes, who stood out in the rough-and-tumble early years of the Jewish state with their good manners and their taste for European culture, long have been the subject of national… More ▸

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    Alexander Bovin, Russia’s first ambassador to Israel, who was regarded as a friend of the Jewish state, died in Moscow. He was 74. Bovin, a popular Soviet journalist on foreign issues, was appointed ambassador to Israel by Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev in 1991 following the restoration of full diplomatic relations between the Soviet Union and… More ▸

  • Gone, but Not Forgotten: Israel Mourns Its Fallen Soldiers

    It’s the eve of Israel’s Memorial Day, Yom Ha’Zikaron, and also the day Omri Atzmon was born 51 years ago. But it’s the smooth, smiling face of a 21-year-old, a flop of dark hair covering his forehead, that stares out of Atzmon’s framed photographs: The face never changes. Atzmon, a member of an elite special… More ▸

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    Switzerland boycotted a ceremony honoring a Swiss citizen who saved Jews during World War II. The country’s ambassador to Israel was ordered to stay away from Monday’s ceremony honoring Paul Grueninger because it was held in Pisgat Ze’ev, a Jerusalem neighborhood that came into Israeli hands during the 1967 Six-Day War. More ▸

  • Ahead of Likud Vote, Tide Swings Sharon’s Way, but Obstacles Remain

    When Ariel Sharon decided to have the full Likud Party vote on his controversial plan to withdraw from the Gaza Strip and part of the West Bank, it seemed like a desperate gamble. The chances that Sharon’s party would approve the plan were uncertain, to put it mildly. Yet just two weeks later, it looks… More ▸

  • Diplomatic and Strategic Setbacks Highlight Palestinians’ Weaknesses

    The assassination of Hamas leader Abdel Aziz Rantissi, combined with President Bush’s backing of Israel’s disengagement plan from the Palestinians, has dealt a double blow to Palestinian hopes for strategic leverage in the Middle East. Palestinians now are looking to the Gaza Strip as the next opportunity to reorganize a political community in disarray. It… More ▸