Ariel Sharon, the Israeli warrior and former prime minister as famous for his ferocity in battling Arabs as for his turnaround decision to evacuate settlers and soldiers from the Gaza Strip, died yesterday. He was 85.
Israel didn’t oppose a $60 billion U.S. arms sale to Saudi Arabia, in part because the Pentagon agreed to sell the Israelis at least 20 new Lockheed Martin Corp. F-35 jets, according to the new book by Robert Gates.
When U.S. President Barack Obama dispatches his negotiators to Baghdad next week to join talks with Iran over the future of its nuclear program, he’ll be most concerned about the reaction of one man: Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak.
Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak conflicted with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ’s public testimony on a Gaza flotilla raid, telling an investigating panel that Cabinet ministers discussed possible scenarios for violence.
Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said government leaders considered the possibility that naval commandos would meet violent resistance aboard an aid flotilla bound for the Gaza Strip on which nine activists were killed.
Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak split from his Labor Party today, choosing to remain within Benjamin Netanyahu ’s government following disagreements within his faction over the stalled peace process.