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CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

When CNN military analyst Wesley Clark — a former general who is often mentioned as a potential Democratic presidential candidate — took a new job recently as chairman of the board of WaveCrest Laboratories, pundits pronounced him out of the political game. Not quite. The post just might help build Clark’s credentials amongRead More


U.S. Groups Seek To Cast Peace ‘Map’ As a Threat

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Despite American assurances that Israel will not be endangered by President Bush’s “road map” to peace — and despite Israel’s in-principle acceptance of the road map — several leading American-Jewish organizations are working to cast doubt on the plan and depict it as a threat to Israeli security.American assurances toRead More


U.S. Set To Verify Fulfillment of Peace Plan Requirements

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — A special addendum to the “road map,” the American-led plan to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, says that the United States will take the lead in verifying that Israel and the Palestinians fulfill the plan’s requirements.This leading American role — especially on the question of whether the Palestinian Authority isRead More


Administration Said To Be Blocking Restitution Push

By Nacha Cattan

Holocaust survivors, a top Clinton administration official and a veteran congressman are warning that the Bush administration is undermining the fight to win compensation for Jewish victims of Nazi Germany.Stuart Eizenstat, the Clinton administration’s special envoy on Holocaust issues who struck global restitution deals totaling $10Read More


Shifting Gears, Syria Offers To Reopen Negotiations With Israel

After a barrage of American criticism for its disruptive role in Iraq and the Middle East, and with a visit by Secretary of State Colin Powell looming on the horizon, Syria has swiftly shifted gears in recent weeks, moving from calls to resist the American invasion of Iraq to sudden peace overtures to Israel.Syria’s newest gesture was brought toRead More


Some Happy 55th: Pessimism, A Strike and Same-Old Terror

By Chemi Shalev

JERUSALEM — On the eve of the country’s 55th Independence Day, most Israelis are in a somber and pessimistic mood, shackled by what they perceive as unbreakable military, political and economic chains.According to the newest polls, the public supports the American-sponsored “road map” to Israeli-Palestinian peace, as well as the recentRead More


Legal Twist: Crown Heights Killer Asking To Get Away With Murder

By E.J. Kessler

It was a legal tactic breathtaking in its chutzpah. Some compared it to the old joke about the fellow who murders his parents, then asks for the mercy of the court because he is an orphan. But few doubted it might work.Through 12 years and two trials, Lemrick Nelson, the black youth arrested, tried and acquitted in the knife slaying of aRead More


Intentions Unclear, Sharon Remains Sphinx of Jerusalem

By Chemi Shalev

JERUSALEM — Does he or doesn’t he? This is the question asked most often these days about Prime Minister Sharon. Does the Israeli leader seriously intend to push the peace process forward, as he professes with growing vigor, or is he just playing for time, waiting for an opportunity to abort the process?The signals are mixed, the evidence isRead More


New Welfare Plan Said To Deal Blow To Single Mothers

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Republican efforts to tighten America’s chief welfare plan could drive poor single mothers deeper into poverty, according to a new report.The current welfare plan, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or TANF, was enacted as part of the celebrated welfare reform legislation passed by the Clinton administration in 1996.Read More


Sighs of Relief Greet Quebec Separatists’ Defeat

By Sheldon Gordon

MONTREAL — As they observed Passover last week, many members of Montreal’s 100,000-strong Jewish community were also celebrating what some called a liberation of another sort: the defeat in provincial elections of the nationalist Parti Quebecois, which had been trying since 1994 to promote Quebec’s secession from Canada.The PartiRead More


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