Sharon Elected Israeli Prime Minister

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Can a man accused of war crimes, make peace? Ariel Sharon, who was forced to step down as Defense Minister because of his personal responsibility for atrocities in South Lebanon 18 years ago, has been elected Prime Minister of Israel. In a complicated region with a history of conflict, Sharon will be constrained by both Israeli and international politics. We hear about his past and what to expect in the future as he tries to pull together a "unity" government. We'll also hear from two rabbis on Sharon's impact on US support for Israel, especially among young, American Jews.
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Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Israel Democracy Institute

Hoover Institution

Yale University


Simon Wiesenthal Center



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