Israel's Cabinet Crisis and the Political Economy of Peace

by Joel Beinin | published June 19, 2000

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak postponed this week's cabinet meeting from Sunday to Tuesday in an effort to resolve the crisis prompted by the Shas Party's announcement that it is leaving his government. Shas (Sephardi Torah Guardians), with 17 seats in the Knesset, is Israel's third largest party and the second largest in the current government after Barak's Labor/One Israel. It is an ultra-orthodox religious party whose supporters are mainly poor and working class Jews whose families came to Israel from Middle Eastern countries (Mizrahim).

"They Dignified Our University"

Anti-Sanctions Protesters Rock Berkeley's Commencement

by Nadine Naber , Fadia Rafeedie | published May 24, 2000

Destroying Houses and Lives

An Interview with Salim Shawamreh and Jeff Halper

by Ghassan Bishara | published April 5, 2000

Existing Political Vessels Cannot Contain the Reform Movement

A Conversation with Sai'id Hajjarian

by Kaveh Ehsani | published March 13, 2000

The following is the text of an interview with Sai'id Hajjarian that first appeared in Middle East Report 212 (Fall 1999). Hajjarian, a newspaper editor and key adviser to President Mohammad Khatami, was shot and severely disabled by political foes in March 2000.

Greater Insecurity for Refugees in Lebanon

by Rosemary Sayigh | published March 1, 2000

Expectations of a regional settlement have exacerbated the always bad security situation of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon. Possible unilateral Israeli withdrawal from South Lebanon has intensified regional competition to control the "Palestinian card," particularly in the South where more than half the refugee population lives.

News Not "Fit to Print"

Fighting the Lebanon War: Hizballah and the Press

by Jennifer Loewenstein | published February 23, 2000

Israeli-Syrian Talks: Back In a Deep Freeze

by Ghassan Bishara | published February 1, 2000

Israel's terms for peace with Syria as revealed in the Israeli-leaked American document speak of a military redeployment with the settlements remaining in place. While Syria is responding favorably to Israeli demands for normalization and security, Israel's ideas are more a road-map for permanent occupation than a plan for a reasonable peace agreement.

Equal Rights for Arabs in Jewish State: A Goal Unrealizable

An Interview with Azmi Bishara

by Laurie King-Irani | published December 14, 1999

Petition Charges Israel with War Crimes

The Case of the Qana Massacre Survivors

by Laurie King-Irani | published December 8, 1999

Egypt: An Emerging "Market" of Double Repression

by Fareed Ezzedine | published November 18, 1999

Recently, Egyptians have entertained dreams of political reform only to be crushed in October by a cosmetic ministerial reshuffle. President Hosni Mubarak ordered this reshuffle following a plebiscite approving him for a fourth presidential term; a massive wave of pre-election propaganda predictably failed to alter the electorate's persistent apathy.

The Situation in Iraq: Democracy Cannot Be Manufactured at Foggy Bottom or the Pentagon

An Interview with Representative Cynthia McKinney

by Laurie King-Irani | published October 21, 1999