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November 24, 2005

LIKUD BELIEVES SHARON IS BEATABLE

The Likud election for a new party leader is off and running. The Likud central committee is expected to select December 19th for the primaries to elect the man they want to replace Ariel Sharon who now heads the new Kadima party. The internal Likud campaign will obviously dominate until the new leader emerges to face Sharon and newly elected Labor leader Amir Peretz.

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November 17, 2005

ISRAELI ELECTION IN LATE FEBRUARY OR MARCH

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and new Labor leader Amir Peretz have met to agree on an early election in late February or March. By Monday, representatives of the two parties are to decide upon the exact date. Meanwhile in the Likud, the standoff between Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and his opponents has reached fever pitch. Sharon will return to his Negev ranch this weekend to decide whether to lead the Likud into the upcoming election or to jump ship and form a new party in light of the fierce opposition inside the Likud to his Palestinian policy such as the Gaza withdrawal. At an urgent session of the Likud Knesset caucus, Sharon and the MKs failed to reach a compromise.

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November 14, 2005

THE PERETZ EFFECT

The stunning victory of Amir Peretz, the fiery Histadrut union boss who now leads the Labor Party, has shaken up Israeli politics. Both political friends and foes are reassessing what the implications are for their personal and their parties' futures. Peretz sources promise the new Labor leader is waging 'a new style of politics' that both his Labor party and Sharon's Likud will have to get used to. Peretz is taking the battle to Sharon by threatening to bring down the government by supporting a no-confidence motion in the Knesset on Wednesday if the PM does not meet with him before then to discuss the date for an early election. Meanwhile, Labor cabinet ministers also appeared worried about Peretz running a one-man show.

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November 10, 2005

EARLY ELECTION LOOMING IN ISRAEL

Amir Peretz is the new leader of Israel's Labor party. Peretz, the head of the powerful Histadrut Federation of Labor narrowly defeated the incumbent Shimon Peres in the Labor party primary. The Histadrut leader garnered 42% of the vote to 40% for Peres who was the front-runner during the campaign but Peres has challenged the results. Peretz, who ran on a strong socialist platform, declared his first goal is to take Labor out of the government coalition as soon as possible. In congratulating Peretz, Prime Minister Sharon invited the victor to meet on Sunday.

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November 04, 2005

ISRAEL REFLECTS ON YITZHAK RABIN

November 4th marks the tenth anniversary of the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. It is time of memorial services and political soul-searching in the Jewish state which still confronts the same threats and dilemmas as it did ten years ago. Where has the country been since then and where might it be today, if Rabin had survived?

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October 03, 2005

THE YEAR 5765

The past Jewish year of 5765 has ended with the state of Israel and the Palestinians at a new juncture. Israel has withdrawn from the Gaza Strip and four West Bank settlements under the leadership of a national unity government while the Palestinians are now in the throes of an internal confrontation. David Essing sums up the outgoing year and looks ahead to the new Jewish year of 5766.

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September 04, 2005

THIS WEEK 4.9.05

Israel has reacted swiftly to the Katrina hurricane disaster in the U.S. Speaking at the weekly cabinet session, Prime Minister Sharon announced that an Israeli team will soon be flying to the U.S. to ascertain how the Jewish state can best help. In domestic politics, a new effort is underway in the Likud to cool off the feud raging between Arik Sharon and former Finance Minister that is threatening to tear the party asunder. In the Palestinian arena, new terror alerts from the West Bank have prompted IDF Chief Of Staff Dan Halutz to sound a sharp warning.

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July 22, 2005

THIS WEEK - 22.07.05

The week ended with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice returned to the region trying for a smooth Israeli evacuation of the Gaza Strip and 4 West Bank settlements in August. The massive Palestinian shelling of Israeli communities both in and out of the Gaza Strip and the tense confrontation between tens of thousands of Israeli settlers and Israeli security forces near Gaza, have raised some question marks about future developments. In the aftermath, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has turned down the idea of going for an early pull-out while Egyptian trouble-shooter Omar Suleiman succeeded on his mission to curb the massive shelling by Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other terror groups in Gaza. And Palestinian human rights activist Bassem Eid presented an eyewitness the extent of lawless in the Palestinian controlled areas. He warned if Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas does not act to halt the internal violence, there is no hope for a democratic Palestinian state.

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July 21, 2005

ISRAEL DEBATES EARLY GAZA WITHDRAWAL

Two top Israeli cabinet ministers propose that Israel withdraw from the Gaza Strip and 4 West Bank settlements before the scheduled date of August 17th. Labor's Shimon Peres first raised the issue and the Likud's Ehud Olmert agrees. Meanwhile, over 30,000 withdrawal protesters have ended their three-demonstration and gone home after Israeli soldiers and policemen blocked them from entering the Jewish settlements in the Gaza Strip, that are to soon be evacuated.

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July 11, 2005

ISRAEL DECIDES TO COMPLETE THE SECURITY FENCE AROUND JERUSALEM

The London atrocity has again focused on the vital need for international co-operation in the war against Islamic terrorism. In Israel where security is always high, security officials had to be asking themselves if everything possible was being done to prevent a mega-terror attack of the same magnitude from happening here. It's not that Palestinian terrorists have not tried in the past, the concern now is that they may try to imitate the London terrorists. The government decision on the Jerusalem security fence has aroused sharp pro and con reactions. Likud MK Uzi Landau, who opposes Sharon's withdrawal, has accused the Prime Minister of preparing to partition the capital. However Labor MK Beiga Shochat favors the move. Landau and Shochat were interviewed on IBA TV.

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June 12, 2005

THIS WEEK 12-6-05

Is it now official? A senior official of the Palestinian Authority declares the PA will not disarm the Palestinian terror organizations. This is the first clause in the Roadmap peace plan that Prime Minister Ariel Sharon demands must be implemented. The Palestinian shelling in the Gaza Strip again violated the cease-fire killing 3 people and wounding several others this week. The terrorists also launched more Qassam rockets across the border at the Israeli town of Sderot. Miraculously, no one was seriously hurt when one of the rockets smashed through the roof into the living room of an apartment. Israel did not retaliate except for pin point rocketing of terrorists planning more attacks. However, Israel has officially informed Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas that no attacks will be tolerated when Israel starts evacuating the Gaza Strip and 4 West Bank settlements starting in August. And the Shabak's super 'spook' Avi Dichter went public after retiring; he rejected the notion that the disengagement will trigger a new Palestinian war of terrorism.

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June 01, 2005

REACTIONS TO GEN. Yaalon'S WARNING

Lt. Gen. Dan Halutz became the IDF's new Chief of Staff today - outgoing commander Gen. Moshe Yaalon bowed out with a grave warning of new Palestinian terrorism. Yaalon told the Israeli daily Haaretz that the Palestinians will launch a new war of terrorism if they do not get their way after Israel's upcoming evacuation of the Gaza Strip and 4 settlements in northern Samaria. Reacting to the assessment, Deputy Premier Ehud Olmert warned if the Palestinians do renew the violence, Israel would hit back hard. In light of the grim outlook of Israel's intelligence community it now appears likely that the cabinet will instruct the IDF to remain deployed in northern Samaria to prevent terror attacks on the metropolitan area of Tel Aviv.

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May 22, 2005

THIS WEEK - 22.05.05

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May 16, 2005

MADONNA CASHIERS AMBASSADOR?

Even in the hurly-burly of Israel's tempestuous politics, the latest scandal is something else. This is the cast: Madonna, the American super star, Judy the wife of Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom, Israel's Ambassador to Washington Danny Ayalon and his wife Anne. Only the zaniest Hollywood producer could dream up this 'Only in Israel' caper. But it's true; this is the story that has dominated Israel's headlines over the past two days.

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April 01, 2005

THIS WEEK - ANATOMY OF DISENGAGEMENT

It’s been a dramatic week in Prime Minister Sharon’s drive to carry out his plan to withdraw from the Gaza Strip and 4 West Bank settlements this summer. Sharon fought off fierce opposition to the historic move not only from the far right opposition but also from within his ruling Likud party. In the Palestinian Authority, terrorists have shot up the Ramallah headquarters of President Mahmoud Abbas; in reaction a senior Palestinian security of official has resigned. In the first of two installments, David Essing assesses the outcome on the ground and possible future developments in light of a looming split within the Likud:

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March 28, 2005

KNESSET KILLS GAZA REFERENDUM

Israel’s Parliament the Knesset has voted down a bill to hold a national referendum on Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s plan to withdraw from the Gaza Strip and 4 West Bank settlements. The vote was 72-39 against the referendum in the 120 members Knesset. The referendum is widely viewed as a ruse to block the withdrawal. Prime Minister Sharon’s ruling Likud party split over the referendum with more voting for it than against. In any case, opponents to the withdrawal are not giving up.

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February 20, 2005

CABINET SEALS DISENGAGEMENT

The Israeli Cabinet has voted in favor of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s plan to withdraw from the Gaza Strip and 4 West Bank settlements. The evacuation is slated to begin on July 20th. Finance Minister Bibi Netanyahu, Sharon’s chief rival in the ruling Likud Party, lead 4 other ministers in voting against the disengagement because it did not include a national referendum on the controversial issue. Previously, the cabinet voted for the withdrawal in principle; today the cabinet decided to implement. Last week, the Knesset also voted for the withdrawal plan and the 1$ billion compensation package. Reacting to the cabinet vote, settler leaders declared they would step up their campaign to block the withdrawal.

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January 30, 2005

SETTLERS PROTEST - SHARON DEFIANT

Tens of thousands of settlers and other opponents of Prime Minister Sharon’s withdrawal plan demonstrated outside Israel’s parliament in Jerusalem. Several MKs from Sharon’s own Likud party condemned the Gaza evacuation planned for next summer. However, at the latest cabinet session, Sharon decided to speed up plans to also hand back control of Palestinian towns on the West Bank.

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January 26, 2005

SHARON - ABBAS SUMMIT

Senior Israeli and Palestinian officials met in a Jerusalem hotel today to start planning for a summit between Israel’s Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. It was the first political meeting since Sharon suspended all contact with the Palestinians after the Palestinian terror attack, which murdered six Israeli civilians working at the Karni Cargo Terminal on January 15th. Israeli officials have confirmed that the IDF has suspended targeted killings of terrorists except in ticking bomb situations. In another development, Palestinian security forces are also being deployed in the Southern Gaza Strip to prevent terror attacks on Israel.

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January 02, 2005

ELECTION RHETORIC OR YASSER ARAFAT, REINCARNATED?

Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian Presidential front-runner has added to his list of hard-line statement in the run-up to the January 9th election. Abbas says if elected, he will not disarm the terrorists as stipulated in the Roadmap peace proposal and as demanded by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. Mahmoud Abbas continues to talk tough in the Palestinian election campaign. Is he paying lip-service to the terrorists in order to get elected, or is he following in the footsteps of Yasser Arafat?

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