Lawrence Cohler-Esses

Hikind Fights For Political Life As Trial Opens

05/22/1998
Staff Writer
One side painted the charity and the assemblyman as partners in a complex web of corruption, deceit and political manipulation. The other side cited their partnership as the instrument that lifted up the lives of hundreds of thousands, Jews and non-Jews, helping them find jobs, housing and training.

Jewish Leaders PushFor U.S. Withdrawal

05/22/1998
Staff Writer
The throngs were still cheering the marching bands and flag-waving yeshiva children snaking up Fifth Avenue last Sunday at the Israel Day Parade. But at the ornate Essex Hotel on Central Park South, just blocks from the reviewing stand where he had hailed the crowd two hours earlier, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seemed for just a moment uncharacteristically reticent.

Hikind Case Takes A Surprise Turn

05/08/1998
Staff Writer
Just two weeks from trial, the federal corruption case against Assemblyman Dov Hikind took a surprising turn last week when one of his two codefendants suddenly pleaded guilty to paying off the Brooklyn political leader. Paul Chernick, a top official of the Council of Jewish Organizations of Boro Park, then Brooklyn’s largest Jewish community council, told a Brooklyn court last Thursday that he had made illegal payoffs to Hikind in exchange for government grants Hikind secured for the council.

Lauder’s Proposed Serb Deal Eyed

02/26/1999
Staff Writer

They first met through Benjamin Netanyahu, who brought them together when both were supporting his ultimately successful 1993 bid to lead Israel’s Likud Party.

But this week, the booming business partnership that emerged between philanthropist and media mogul Ronald Lauder and Netanyahu campaign official Itzhak Fisher in 1994 took a controversial turn.

ADL Poll Not Black And White

12/04/1998
Staff Writers
Prominent black leaders and activists had mixed reactions this week to a new survey by the Anti-Defamation League in which African Americans were four times more likely than whites to harbor attitudes the ADL termed “most anti-Semitic.”

Despite Progress, Showdown Looms

Gaps narrowed in Israeli-Palestinian talks, but no breakthroughs

10/02/1998
Staff Writers
Like Lucy holding out her football for Charlie Brown to kick again, President Clinton, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat once more raised the world’s expectations Monday for a breakthrough on their long-stalled peace agreement. But when the three faced an expectant White House press corps after their meeting, Clinton again voiced the phrases heard so often before.
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