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Newsdesk April 11, 2003

Israel: No U.S. PressureThe Israeli embassy in Washington denied this week that the Bush administration officially requested that Jerusalem suspend the sale of an advanced airborne radar warning system to India. “There was no official request,” said Yossi Draznin, who handles American-Israeli defense cooperation at the embassy. DrazninRead More


Arafat Places Stumbling Blocks in Abu Mazen’s Path

JERUSALEM — Israeli and American officials were watching nervously this week as the prime minister-designate of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, tried to maneuver his way through a series of obstacles laid in his path by his boss, P.A. chairman Yasser Arafat.Several sources close to the Palestinian leadership told the Forward thisRead More


Foreign Policy Scholars Criticize Pipes Nomination

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Foreign policy hands and Middle East pundits responded with surprise and disbelief this week to the presidential nomination of Daniel Pipes, an outspoken Middle East hawk, to the board of the United States Institute of Peace, a federal institution dedicated to preventing, managing and peacefully resolving internationalRead More


German Official’s Visit Focuses On Israeli-European Relations

JERUSALEM — German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer told Israeli officials this week that he is worried by Israel’s deteriorating relationship with Europe.Visiting Israel for the first time in 10 months, Fischer told Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom on Monday that he cannot “carry the burden alone” for concern for Israel’s positionRead More


Think Tank Deliberates ‘World War III’

By Marc Perelman

Senior politicians, academics and intelligence and law enforcement officials gathered Sunday at the Waldorf Astoria in New York for the launching of the Strategic Dialogue Center, a think tank affiliated with Netanya College in Israel. The center organized a conference on global terrorism and asked the panelists to provide an answer to theRead More


Joe Claims Cash Surge, Reversing Slow Start

By E.J. Kessler

After a faltering start in the first quarter of the year, the presidential campaign of Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman raked in between $300,000 and $400,000 in contributions during the first week of April, more than it received in the entire month of January.“Once we hit our stride, we really hit our stride,” said campaign spokesman JanoRead More


Marine Corporal Fatally Shot in Action in Iraq

By Max Gross

“He was a gung-ho, macho guy, and also very soft-hearted,” Rabbi Max Wall said of his grandson, Marine Corporal Mark Asher Evnin, who was killed in action in Iraq on April 3. The 21-year old Vermont resident was a scout sniper with the 1st Marine Division based in Twentynine Palms, Calif. Evnin was shot several times in the abdomenRead More


Jerusalem Urges Bush: Next Target Hezbollah

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Israel is urging the Bush administration to target Hezbollah following the war in Iraq, arguing that the militant Shiite organization threatens the stability of the Middle East and the security of the United States worldwide.Based in southern Lebanon, Hezbollah has stepped up its anti-American rhetoric since the start of the warRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Former Vermont governor Howard Dean, who has positioned himself as the most antiwar of the top Democratic presidential contenders, is insisting that he did not mean to cast aspersions on the New York metropolitan area — or its Jews — when he called the region “hawkish” in remarks to a Southern newspaper.“The most hawkish areaRead More


With ‘Road Map’ Set, Battle Shifts To Its Implementation

By Marc Perelman, With Reporting by Ori Nir in Washington and the Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Having apparently failed to secure any changes to the internationally sponsored “road map” to peace, Israel and its supporters in Washington are gearing up for diplomatic battles over the plan’s implementation.The Israeli government said this week that it would submit 15 proposed amendments to the document, which is expected to be releasedRead More





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