When Yitzchak Shamir was facing Yitzchak Rabin in the 1992 election, Jerusalem Mayor Ehud Olmert counseled Shamir to announce that if elected he would withdraw from the Gaza Strip.
"He felt that Shamir needed to do that to save the election," recalled Stephen P. Cohen, a national scholar of the Israel Policy Forum. "Shamir said no and Rabin won the election."
Concern by the West that Hamas would capture a sizeable number of seats in the Jan. 25 Palestinian parliamentary election (thereby jeopardizing foreign aid to the Palestinian Authority and the position of its president, Mahmoud Abbas) has led to suspicion of a behind-the-scenes understandings between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.
Under the arrangement, Israel would announce that it is barring East Jerusalem Palestinians from voting in East Jerusalem itself and Abbas would then announce that the election has been postponed until the ban has been lifted.
Although his Labor Party opponents insisted this week they would not make an issue of Ariel Sharon's health as he campaigns for re-election in March, the minor stroke that left the prime minister temporarily incoherent Sunday is certain to be on voter's minds.
For Sean McManus, the Munich Massacre in 1972, strikingly re-created by Steven Spielberg in his new film, is such a vivid memory that it seems like it happened only last month.
"I was there with my family ... to enjoy the Olympics," recalled McManus, 50, who in November was named president of both CBS News and CBS Sports.
His father is ABC sportscaster Jim McKay, who was assigned to cover several events at the Munich Games.
Israelís response to the suicide bombing Monday outside a Netanya mall that killed five apparently will be measured, with pinpoint operations continuing against the infrastructure of Islamic Jihad rather than a massive ground operation in the West Bank.
Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom reportedly told U.S. Ambassador Richard Jones that Israel will try to arrest members of Islamic Jihad, which claimed responsibility for the attack, and locate and destroy its bomb factories.
Among his friends, David Stone said he is "viewed as a crazy left-winger" for his opinions on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But he confessed to walking out of a meeting Monday with the new PLO representative to the U.S. "disheartened" by what he heard.
"I have to tell you that a guy trying to reach out to people on a day like that might have begun by expressing some sympathy," he said, referring to the Palestinian suicide bombing in Netanya that killed five Israelis. "But I found him very unsympathetic."
In the end, the bridge did nÕt stand a chance. It was built in haste, with too little support to withstand the pressure. So as hundreds of athletes at the Maccabiah Games on a summer night in Israel prepared to make their way into Ramat Gan Stadium, to the roar of 50,000 fans, the makeshift overpass they were crossing gave way, plunging dozens of participants into the Yarkon River.
Former President Jimmy Carter was labeled a "bigot" Thursday by Israel's ambassador to the United Nations, who told reporters here that Carter has "bloodied hands after shaking the hand of [Hamas leader] Khaled Meshal."
"I have very sad feelings following the unfortunate visit of President Carter to the region [last week]," said the ambassador, Dan Gillerman, at a meeting sponsored by The Israel Project. "It's a shame to see this man who was a decent former president turn into what I consider a bigot."
Even before its Dec. 23 release, Steven Spielberg's movie, "Munich," which Time magazine calls his "secret masterpiece," is creating angst among some Jewish leaders.
"After 'Schindler's List,' he became the darling of the Jews," said one leader. "We're afraid that he is now trying to balance the act. He may be trying to show that although he is pro-Jewish, he is not pro-Israel. This may be his anti-'Schindler's List.'"