Review of the Year (2001) in Foreign Countries: Israel

By Hanan Sher

American Jewish Committee (AJC), Jewish Publication Society (JPS), 2001

In Israel during 2000 all eyes were focused on the complex interplay of diplomacy, politics, and violence. The government of Prime Minister Ehud Barak, who defeated incumbent Benjamin Netanyahu by a convincing 12-percentage-point margin in May 1999, began the year still optimistic about reaching a settlement with the Syrians over the Golan Heights as a first step toward a comprehensive Middle East peace. By year's end not only was peace with Syria as far away as ever, but, despite the far-reaching, unprecedented concessions offered by Barak, American-sponsored negotiations during the summer at Camp David with the Palestinians had broken down in recriminations, destruction, and death. And in December, after a year-and-a-half in power, Prime Minister Barak, deserted by erstwhile political allies and coalition partners and bereft of a majority in the Knesset, was forced to resign and call for a new election.

Topic: Elections, Diplomacy, Religion and State, Violence, Death and Mourning, Economy, Haredi (Ultra-Orthodox) Judaism, Demography, Security, Religion, Voting, Peace

Name of Publication: American Jewish Year Book

Editor: Grossman, Lawrence , Singer, David

Volume/Issue: Vol. 101

Page Number(s): 476-531

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Genre: Article

Coverage: Israel

Language: English

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Sher, Hanan. Review of the Year (2001) in Foreign Countries: Israel. American Jewish Year Book. American Jewish Committee (AJC),Jewish Publication Society (JPS). 2001: 476-531.


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