Guy Leshem


Sharon: Indispensable, Not Indestructible

By Guy Leshem

TEL AVIV — After holding its collective breath for two long hours this past Sunday night, waiting for news of Ariel Sharon’s health, Israel appeared to shrug off the prime minister’s mild stroke as a passing incident and returned to normal.Beneath the nonchalance, however, was a palpable uncertainty. The stroke reminded Israelis thatRead More


Corruption Looms Large as Israeli Campaign Begins

By Guy Leshem

TEL AVIV — The recent conviction of Prime Minister Sharon’s most trusted political confidant — his son Omri — is dragging the long-festering issue of government corruption into the Israeli election campaign.Just minutes before the prime minister officially registered his new Kadima party last week, he directed aides to strike his son’sRead More


Netanyahu, Defense Minister Face Off for Likud’s Top Spot

By Guy Leshem

TEL AVIV — When Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz announced his candidacy to lead Israel’s ruling Likud Party this past Monday, he was not just challenging the party’s presumed heir-apparent, Benjamin Netanyahu. He was indirectly challenging his own political mentor, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who had founded the Likud but left itRead More


New Labor Chief Upends Israeli Politics

By Guy Leshem

TEL AVIV — Surging out of the gate after his upset win in last week’s Labor Party leadership primary, union firebrand Amir Peretz scored a rapid series of tactical victories this week and appeared poised to remake Israeli politics into a competitive sport for the first time in years.Peretz, 53, a political maverick who heads the powerfulRead More


Israel Stalls On Removal Of Outposts, Official Says

By Guy Leshem

TEL AVIV — Israel is stalling on the removal of illegal outposts, according to the official who wrote a government report on the matter.Eight months after the Cabinet approved her investigative report showing collusion by government agencies in the construction of illegal West Bank settlement outposts, the government has taken no significantRead More






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