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    "Man of conflict: Sharon is admired for his unwavering defense of Israel" (Web, Jan. 11) observes that detractors blame former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon for the failure of peace efforts under then-Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak because of Mr. Sharon's "provocative visit to Jerusalem's Temple Mount in September 2000" and the violence that "reignited in the wake of the visit." That narrative has been discredited.

  • Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, right, and Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak walk together into the Pentagon as Hagel hosts an honor cordon to welcome Barak to the Pentagon, Tuesday, March 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

    Hagel meets with Israeli minister, pledges support for Iron Dome

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel promised Israel Tuesday that he will work with Congress to ensure continued funding for the Iron Dome missile defense system, a senior defense official said after the Pentagon chief met with Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak.

  • Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak speaks at the 49th Munich Security Conference on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in Munich. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

    Israel suggests responsibility for Syria airstrike

    Israel's defense minister indicated Sunday that his country was behind an airstrike on Syria that U.S. officials said targeted anti-aircraft weapons bound for the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah.

  • Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak attends a press conference in the Knesset, Israel's parliament, in Jerusalem, Monday, Jan. 17 2011, where he abruptly announced that he was leaving his Labor Party and forming a new parliamentary faction inside the governing coalition. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

    Barak confirms departure as Bibi starts on coalition

    Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said he won't be a part of the newly formed governing coalition, and he is exiting political life for at least five years, as planned.

  • Explosion and smoke rise following an Israeli air strike in the northern Gaza Strip, seen from the Israel Gaza Border, southern Israel, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

    Gaza militants kill 3 Israelis with rocket fire in second day of fighting

    Militants in the Gaza Strip pounded southern Israel with rocket fire on Thursday, killing three people as the Israeli military pressed forward with a second day of intense air raids and naval attacks on militant targets. With Israel threatening to invade the Palestinian territory, the heaviest fighting between Israel and Hamas in four years showed no signs of letting up.

  • A street of destroyed buildings is reflected Nov. 13, 2012, in a mirror used by rebel fighters to keep an eye on a Syrian army position in Aleppo, Syria. (Associated Press)

    Israeli defense chief: Rebels take Syrian villages

    The Israeli defense minister says "almost all" Syrian villages near the frontier with Israel have fallen into rebel hands.

  • Israel prepares for retaliation after killing terrorist leader

    Israel braced Wednesday for retaliation from Palestinian militants, including possible suicide bombings within the Jewish state, after killing Hamas' military chief in an airstrike in Gaza City.

  • ** FILE ** Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak (Associated Press)

    Israeli defense chief proposes West Bank pullout

    Israel's defense minister called for a unilateral pullout from much of the West Bank in published comments Monday, saying Israel must take "practical steps" if peace efforts with the Palestinians remain stalled.

  • Israeli Defense minister Ehud Barak (left) and U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta meet Aug. 1, 2012, in Tel Aviv. Israel's threats to attack Iran and the violence convulsing Syria top the agenda of Panetta's meetings Wednesday with Israeli government leaders. (Associated Press)

    Panetta tries to reassure Israelis about Iran

    Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta on Wednesday aimed to reassure Israelis that the U.S. is resolved to prevent Iran's leaders from gaining nuclear arms.

  • ** FILE ** Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak (Associated Press)

    Israel's Barak: Weigh 'unilateral action'

    Israel's defense minister abruptly proposed Wednesday that Israel consider "unilateral action" if long-stalled peace talks with the Palestinians don't produce a deal — suggesting Israel may be thinking of withdrawing on its own from parts of the West Bank, as it did from the Gaza Strip seven years ago.

  • Briefly: Israelis skeptical of U.N.-Iran nuke deal

    Israel's defense minister voiced skepticism Tuesday over an agreement by Iran to open up its nuclear facilities to U.N. inspectors, saying the Iranians are trying to create a "deception of progress" to stave off international pressure.

  • DE BORCHGRAVE: Slender geopolitical threads on Israel, Iran

    A sense of inevitable war with Iran has seized Israel as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak have concluded 1) Iran is about to produce a nuclear bomb; 2) Iran plans to use it to wipe out Israel; and 3) the time for Israel to bomb Iran's nuclear production sites is now (i.e., at the height of the U.S. presidential campaign, when neither candidate would risk losing by criticizing Israel).

  • The Israeli anti-missile system known as "Iron Dome" launches a rocket in Ashdod, Israel, to intercept a missile fired by Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip on Sunday, March 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

    3 killed in 3rd day of Gaza-Israel violence

    Cross-border fighting between Gaza and Israel, touched off by Israel's killing of a top militant leader, showed no signs of letting up on its third day Sunday. Gaza militants fired dozens of rockets at Israeli towns, hitting an empty school, and Israeli airstrikes killed three Gazans, including a boy and a farm guard.

  • No warning from Israel, source says

    Israeli officials say they won't warn the U.S. if they decide to launch a pre-emptive strike against Iranian nuclear facilities, according to one U.S. intelligence official familiar with the discussions.

  • ** FILE ** Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak

    Israeli defense chief: Iran strike may be needed

    Israel does not want to take military action against Iran over its nuclear program, but at some point it may have no other option, the Israeli defense minister said Thursday.

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