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Powell Seen Warning Sharon In Comments on Palestinians

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — A day before Israelis went to the polls to reelect Prime Minister Sharon, Secretary of State Colin Powell indirectly yet strongly criticized the Israeli leader for his vision of what a future Palestinian state should look like.Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Powell said Monday: “We also have to say toRead More


Newsdesk January 24, 2003

Lebanese Envoy SlammedLebanon’s top diplomat in Canada has landed in political hot water following undiplomatic comments about the influence of Canada’s Jewish community.Raymond Baaklini, the Lebanese ambassador, drew a stern rebuke from Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Bill Graham following remarks to an Arabic-language newspaper in MontrealRead More


Lessons From Israel in Thinking About the Unthinkable

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — The twisted wreckage of a bus and the burnt-out storefront of a fast-food place. The glare of police lights bouncing off of body bags. Technicians picking though debris in full-body infection suits.When Ralph Morten sees scenes like these, they usually are on television news reports from Tel Aviv or Jerusalem or some other IsraeliRead More


THE FEATHERMAN FILE

Of Noteworthy Items in the Press Spies Like Us: The privately run Israeli intelligence Web site Debka.com reports that the real arms inspection in Iraq is being carried out by special forces representing the United States, Turkey, Jordan and Israel. “This means the second [that] President Bush wants them to, those Special Forces will surroundRead More


Antisemitic Incidents Roiling Brooklyn

By Alana Newhouse

A rash of antisemitic incidents in Brooklyn has sent shivers through communities at the borough’s heavily Jewish southern end, prompting a local congressman to convene a town hall meeting this week where Democratic Senators Charles Schumer and Hillary Clinton were to appear, along with assorted state and local officials.Antisemitic incidentsRead More


Eizenstat’s Book Cover Is Target of Swiss Lawsuit

By Marc Perelman

In the latest twist to the Holocaust restitution saga, the main American negotiator of a landmark agreement with Switzerland has become embroiled in a scandal over the cover of his recently published book.A Swiss lawyer is suing Stuart Eizenstat, a former deputy treasury secretary in the Clinton administration, on the grounds that the jacketRead More


Holland Could See Its First Jewish P.M.

By Rachel Levy

AMSTERDAM — A son of Holocaust survivors with deep roots in the Socialist movement was poised to become the Netherlands’ first-ever Jewish prime minister in this week’s too-close-to-call parliamentary elections.Amsterdam mayor Job Cohen, 55, emerged as the top name on the surprisingly strong Labor ticket following an announcement Sunday byRead More


Arab Envoys Planning Translation Service

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Arab governments are planning a service that would translate favorable news and commentary from the Arab media, in an effort to counterbalance the Middle East Media Research Institute and what detractors say is its distribution of typically critical material from the Arab press.The idea is being discussed by Arab informationRead More


Prognosticators Turn to the ‘Day After’ a Sharon Win

By Chemi Shalev

JERUSALEM — Ariel Sharon will be reelected prime minister, the Likud will be the largest party and the right-wing bloc will hold an absolute majority in the next Knesset. This is the collective prognosis of all major public opinion polls in advance of Tuesday’s elections in Israel. At this point, any other result will constitute anRead More


Schooled for Scandal, Israelis Barely Shrug in Face of Latest Charges

By Noga Tarnopolsky

JERUSALEM — In 1977, the Israeli press revealed that then-prime minister Yitzhak Rabin and his wife Leah held a Washington bank account in their own names. The sum involved was under $10,000, but the money was clearly earmarked for private purposes, and Israelis were not permitted to hold foreign bank accounts at the time. Rabin was forcedRead More





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