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Grim Sharon Faces Few Options After Historic Electoral Victory

By Chemi Shalev

JERUSALEM — The Likud Party’s overwhelming victory in this week’s Israeli elections may have given Prime Minister Sharon several options for building a new government, but his first choice, a broad coalition with Labor, appears to be achingly out of reach.Even as the election night returns were coming in, showing Sharon with a Knesset blocRead More


ZOA Said To Be Selling Its Tel Aviv Center

By Alana Newhouse

The Zionist Organization of America may be selling its cultural center in Tel Aviv, in a move that could prove controversial for the hawkish pro-Israel organization.The Israeli daily Ma’ariv reported earlier this month that the center, called the ZOA House and run by the organization since the 1950s, may be sold to the Kaldash Company, aRead More


Gen. Clark’s Next War: Conquer the Democrats?

By E.J. Kessler

As President Bush beats the drums for war with Iraq and the Democratic presidential candidates scramble to articulate their own foreign policy visions, one figure on the national political scene is bringing military credentials earned more recently than the Vietnam War era to bear on the debate.That figure is General WesleyRead More


Head of Mideast Dialogue Group Has Ties to Fulani

The top professional of an American Jewish organization that supports Jewish-Arab dialogue programs in Israel is on the board of an organization founded by the leaders of the now-defunct, anti-Zionist New Alliance Party.Robert Levy, the new executive director of the Givat Haviva Educational Foundation Inc., has been an active board member of theRead More


Republicans Tap ‘Red Meat’ Guy in Bid To Woo Young Conservative Generation

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — The “Eric Cantor” sandwich was unveiled January 23 at Stacks, Washington’s new kosher deli, at a fundraiser for the newly appointed deputy House majority whip.The sandwich chosen to carry the name of the only Jewish Republican in the House of Representatives was aRead More


The Tears of a Clown Inspire a Dark Tale of Suburbia

By Aliza Phillips

PARK CITY, Utah — In “Capturing the Friedmans,” a documentary about a middle-class Jewish family come undone, filmmaker Andrew Jarecki uses ordinary memorabilia — home video clips, snapshots — to tell an extraordinary tale.Here is the family of five visiting a farm in New Jersey, celebrating Chanukah, swimming at the shore. Here they areRead 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


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