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  • Ariel Sharon, Israel's controversial, iron-willed former leader, dies

    Ariel Sharon, Israel's controversial, iron-willed former leader, dies
    Ariel Sharon, the daring Israeli general who as a field commander and prime minister became one of the most influential and controversial leaders in the Middle East, died Saturday. He was 85.
  • Sharon's toughest decision

    KFAR DAROM, Gaza Strip - Soon after Yamima Cohen Ayoubi moved to this Jewish settlement in the midst of Palestinian cities and sand dunes, Ariel Sharon paid a visit. It was 1989 and Sharon - the former general, master builder of Israel's settlements...

    At 90, a former Foreign Service officer looks at Gaza then, and now

     At 90, a former Foreign Service officer looks at Gaza then, and now
    Almost 60 years ago, I was a young Foreign Service officer, standing on the Gaza border with my contact from the Israeli Foreign Ministry. The Eisenhower administration had been using all the pressure it could to force Israel to withdraw from Gaza in...

    Israel's Peres 'A Dreamer And A Doer'

    At a farewell dinner for Israeli President Shimon Peres here Wednesday night, several of the American guests appeared to approach him with tears in their eyes. This emotional display was a sign of Peres' personal impact on the U.S.-Israel relationship,...

    My emotional return to Israel

    As I watch Hamas firing hundreds of rockets against Israel, and the violent protests in Europe about Israel, thoughts come flooding back about the first time I ever visited the country and my most recent visit last month. My first trip to Israel in...