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Shimon Peres: Time Is Running Out for Likud Party

By Chemi Shalev

JERUSALEM — Shimon Peres is once again aiming to become the next Israeli prime minister. He won’t admit it, perhaps even to himself, but there is no doubt that Peres can already envision the evolving circumstances that might catapult him once again, against all odds and expectations, to the nation’s top office.Peres would have toRead More


Sharon Adviser Weighs Romanian Pol’s Offer

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — A political consultant to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is weighing an offer to work for a right-wing Romanian presidential candidate with a history of antisemitic statements, despite the objections of Israeli Foreign Ministry officials and Jewish communal officials in America.Eyal Arad, an Israeli public-relations consultant who ranRead More


Settlers Make Permanent Plans

By Larry Derfner

Two tractors sat at the edges of Ginot Aryeh, slated to be the first of many makeshift, barely-populated West Bank settler outposts soon to be removed in Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s “disengagement plan.” Set up in a rocky field not far from its “mother” settlement of Ofra, the outpost has a population of about 30 religious settlersRead More


Liberal Hawks Rethink Stance on Iraq

By Marc Perelman

The elusive search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and mounting questions about pre-war intelligence are prompting some liberal supporters of military intervention in Iraq to reassess their positions.Kenneth Pollack, a former CIA analyst and National Security Council official in the Clinton administration who wrote an influential book inRead More


Critics Slam Rabbi, Y.U. Over Article on Gentiles

By Nacha Cattan

An article in a student publication of Yeshiva University’s affiliated rabbinical seminary that suggests the basis for the religious prohibition against murder is different for Jews and non-Jews is causing a stir in the Modern Orthodox world.The article quotes classical Jewish texts to support the argument that while the Bible contains aRead More


Showdown Looms for Sharon in Party Fight

By Chemi Shalev

JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Sharon traded verbal blows this week with the apparatus of his ruling Likud party, with disputes ranging from pure ideology to naked power in the background. The stage has now been set for a dramatic showdown next month that could have a profound effect on both.The party’s top decision-making authority, the LikudRead More


Culture Wars Spark Flip-Flop On States’ Rights

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — In a historic about-face in the debate over federalism, conservatives are increasingly attempting to curtail states’ rights over social issuues through congressional legislation and the federal courts, while liberals are arguing for local control on several fronts.This shift was onRead More


Neocon Pair Outlines a Strategy To ‘End Evil’

By Nathaniel Popper

Two of Washington’s most famed neoconservatives — David Frum and Richard Perle — have issued a stinging critique of America’s fight against terrorism and are urging more aggressive action.In their new book, “An End to Evil: How to Win the War on Terror” (Random House), Frum and Perle call for universal biometric fingerprinting,Read More


Moscow Moves To Install Chabad Ally as Top Rabbi

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — The deputy mayor of Moscow is pushing for the merger of the offices of the two rival chief rabbis of Russian Jewry, the Forward has learned, in what is being seen as a bid by the government to install one as the sole representative of the divided community.The deputy mayor, Alexander Reisen, convened a meeting December 20Read More


Israel Fears Isolation, Sanctions Over Fence

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Bracing for a ruling against its separation fence by the World Court — which could pave the way for South Africa-style international sanctions — Israel and its allies here are considering a campaign to discredit the court as a biased organ of the United Nations.The proposed campaign is highly controversial even amongRead More





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