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CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Clark Climb: Capitalizing on his surge in New Hampshire, retired general Wesley Clark is stepping up his push for support in the Jewish community, which some observers have identified as a key source of the more than $10 million in contributions that he posted for the fourth quarter of 2003.According to an e-mail message being circulatedRead More


Israel Presses White House To Reword Rights Report

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Israel is pressuring the Bush administration to omit references to the West Bank security fence from the State Department’s annual human rights report.American diplomats in Tel Aviv recently told Israeli officials that the administration planned to refer to the fence in the report’s chapter that scrutinizes Israeli violations ofRead More


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


Embattled Foundation Enlists Eizenstat

The Ford Foundation has hired a former Clinton administration official with strong ties to the Jewish community to help promote a new policy forbidding grant recipients from supporting terrorism or bigotry.The appointment of Stuart Eizenstat comes as key leaders in Congress say they will move forward to investigate the use ofRead More


Pressured, Assad Offers Charm Campaign

By Ofer Shelah

TEL AVIV — Syrian President Bashar al-Assad continued his version of a peace offensive this week, publicly offering to give up weapons of mass destruction if Israel agreed to do the same, knowing in advance that it won’t.Israel’s Prime Minister Sharon replied in kind, sending a message to Assad that if the Syrian leader agrees in advanceRead More


Ethiopians Protest Immigration Delays

By Nacha Cattan, With Reporting From Ha’aretz.

Israel’s absorption minister is under fire for reportedly speaking out in opposition to a Cabinet decision to immediately bring up to 20,000 Ethiopians of Jewish descent to Israel.Several Israeli media outlets have reported that the minister of immigrant absorption, Tzipi Livni, disparaged the idea of bringing the Falash Mura, descendents ofRead 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


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