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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review May 3, 2004 / 12 Iyar, 5764

Likud referendum a blow to Sharon, party's stability

By Joel Greenberg


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http://www.jewishworldreview.com | (KRT) JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's Likud Party handed him a resounding political defeat Sunday, overwhelmingly rejecting his plan to withdraw from the Gaza Strip and remove four settlements in the West Bank.


The vote in a party referendum threw Israeli politics into turmoil and raised questions about the future of the withdrawal plan, backed last month by President Bush at White House meeting with Sharon.


It was unclear how Sharon would proceed, and whether the Likud vote would lead to a split in the party, a Cabinet reshuffle or perhaps new elections.


With 90 percent of the votes counted early Monday, the results stood at 59.8 percent against the plan, and 39.5 percent in favor, Israel Radio reported.

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The no vote was apparently boosted by a roadside ambush Sunday in the Gaza Strip, in which Palestinian gunmen killed a pregnant Israeli woman and her four daughters as they traveled from their settlement to campaign against the withdrawal plan.


Israel hit back with a strike on a Hamas radio station in Gaza City. Hours later, helicopter-fired missiles killed four Palestinian militants in the West Bank city of Nablus.


Sharon, who portrayed the Likud referendum as a vote of confidence in him, made clear in a statement released by his office that he has no intention of stepping down.


"I respect the results," Sharon said, adding that he would discuss his next moves with Cabinet ministers, the Likud faction in parliament and coalition partners.


"One thing is clear to me — the people of Israel did not elect me to sit and do nothing for four years," Sharon added. "I was elected to find the way to bring this nation the quiet, security and peace that it so deserves. I intend to continue leading the State of Israel. ... It is not an easy task, but I intend to carry it out."


In Washington, a White House spokesman said the United States still supports the withdrawal plan and that consultations will be held soon with Sharon.


"Our view has not changed: The president welcomed Prime Minister Sharon's plan to withdraw settlements from Gaza and part of the West Bank as a courageous and important step toward peace," said the spokesman, Scott McClellan.


Deputy Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, a strong supporter of the withdrawal plan, said that it remained the only option. "This move cannot be stopped, and there is no other," Olmert said.


But David Levy, a Likud lawmaker who campaigned against the plan, said it should be "removed from the agenda."


Uzi Landau, a hard-line Cabinet minister from Likud who led the opposition to the plan, said the referendum result showed that Likud "has remained true to its principles."


The party has traditionally backed Israeli control of the West Bank and Gaza Strip and supported the establishment of Jewish settlements there. Sharon's "disengagement plan" to remove the 7,800 Jewish settlers in the Gaza Strip and evacuate the four West Bank settlements was a departure from the longstanding Likud vision of a "Greater Israel."


But only 50 percent of the 193,000 eligible Likud voters cast ballots in the referendum, leading critics to question the significance of the vote against the withdrawal, which opinion surveys have shown enjoys the support of a majority of Israelis.


"It was not elections that were held this evening, but a vote in a party, a quarter of whose members decided against the disengagement," said Justice Minister Yosef Lapid, the leader of the centrist Shinui party. "This does not obligate the government, it does not obligate parliament, it does not obligate Shinui and it does not obligate me."


Lapid demanded last week that the plan be brought to a vote in the Cabinet, regardless of the referendum result.


Shimon Peres, head of the opposition Labor party, said the withdrawal plan should be brought to parliament if it was assured a majority there, and if not, there should be new elections.


Sharon's stinging defeat came after opponents of the withdrawal, led by the settlers from the Gaza Strip, waged a well-organized grass-roots campaign, visiting Likud members to persuade them to vote against the plan, blanketing major intersections with banners and distributing leaflets and bumper stickers to motorists.


The campaign overcame Sharon's attempt to win support through media interviews highlighting assurances he received from Bush endorsing Israel's retention of large West Bank settlements in a final peace deal and ruling out a return to Israel of Palestinian refugees.


Sunday's deadly attack on the settlers in Gaza appeared to have generated a sympathy vote that boosted opposition to the withdrawal plan, said Mina Tzemach, a pollster who surveyed voters for Channel Two television.


The attack killed Tali Hatuel, 34, who was eight months pregnant, and her four daughters, ages 2 to 11, as she drove on a road leading from the Katif settlement to the Kissufim crossing into Israel.


Maj. Gen. Dan Harel, the chief of the army's southern command, said that gunmen opened fire on military positions as two attackers approached the road and began firing at vehicles. When a white station wagon carrying the Hatuels was hit and spun off the road, the attackers closed in, raking the car with gunfire and killing everyone inside, the police said.


A motorist from Israel was wounded when his car was hit by gunfire as tried to drive away from the area. Soldiers who rushed to the scene killed the attackers after a brief firefight, the military said. Two soldiers were wounded.


The blood-stained, bullet-riddled car of the Hatuel family carried a poster on its hood calling on Likud voters to vote against the Gaza withdrawal plan. A bumper sticker said: "Uprooting settlements is a victory for terror."


The militant Islamic Jihad and the Popular Resistance Committees, an umbrella group of armed militants, claimed responsibility for what they called the "heroic" attack. They said it was retaliation for Israel's recent killings of the founder of Hamas, Sheik Ahmed Yassin, and the leader appointed to replace him in Gaza, Abdel Aziz Rantisi.


Hours later, Israeli helicopters fired missiles at an apartment building housing a Hamas radio station in Gaza City, lightly injuring at least two people, according to reports.


In the West Bank, missiles struck a car in Nablus, killing four militants from Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, a militant offshoot of Yasser Arafat's mainstream Fatah faction, Palestinian officials said.

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