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 Natan Sharansky biography   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Anatoly Sharansky was born January 20, 1948 in Donetsk, Ukraine to a Jewish family and later graduated with a degree in Applied Mathematics from the Physical Technical Institute in Moscow.
Sharansky became the first political prisoner to be released in these times (1986) when he was exchanged for a Soviet spy and emigrated to Israel, adopting a Hebrew given name Natan.
Sharansky is the chairman and founder (1995) of the political party Yisrael B'Aliyah (or "Israel on the rise") promoting the absorption of the Soviet Jews into Israeli society.
www.age-of-the-sage.org /sharansky/biography.html   (560 words)

  
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Natan Sharansky was first elected to the Knesset in 1996, but he is known world-wide for his imprisonment in the former Soviet Union.
Sharansky was born in 1948 in Russia and immigrated to Israel in 1986.
Sharansky was spokesman of the Jewish and Refusnik Movement in Moscow.
www.ynetnews.com /articles/0,7340,L-3019560,00.html   (190 words)

  
 Amazon.de: The Case for Democracy: The Power of Freedom to Overcome Tyranny and Terror: English Books: Natan ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Natan Sharansky believes that the truest expression of democracy is the ability to walk into the middle of a town square and say whatever you like without fear of arrest or imprisonment.
Sharansky's argument here is that the press for democratic reform that worked in the case of the former communist republics should not be abandoned in the case of the Middle East in an effort to sustain a peace with repressive or autocratic regimes.
Natan Sharansky's book, "The Case for Democracy" is an ingeniously written work that can be used as a manifesto on foreign policy by the USA and the rest of the western democracies.
www.amazon.de /Case-Democracy-Freedom-Overcome-Tyranny/dp/1586482610   (2043 words)

  
 Natan Sharansky - political outlook   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
The political outlook of Natan Sharansky developed within the old Soviet Union such that he considered that the two hundred million inhabitants of that country formed the core population of a doctrinaire empire where the peoples involved were effectively slaves.
For Sharansky Reagan's Evil Empire speech was one of the most important, freedom-affirming declarations of all time and he subsequently saw it as the moment that really marked the end for the Soviet system, and the beginning for dramatic changes.
Sharansky holds that it was a linkage of international relations and human rights that worked to bring down the greatest, most totalitarian empire in all history and continues to hope that it can surely work today against enemies no less dangerous but far less powerful.
www.age-of-the-sage.org /sharansky/outlook.html   (476 words)

  
 Profile of Sharansky
We have chosen to profile Anatoly Sharansky, the Israeli minister for social and diaspora affairs and leader of Yisra'el Ba'aliyah, the Russian immigrants' party in Israel, because he encapsulates the paradox of the Jewish inhabitants of Israel, a paradox that is the hallmark of Zionists throughout the world.
Sharansky resigned as Israeli interior minister in former Prime Minister Ehud Barak's government over rumours that Barak was contemplating some trivial "concessions" over Jerusalem, territory and the refugees at the Camp David talks with Palestinian leaders in July 2000.
His blind ambition aside, Sharansky has a responsibility to his compatriots and co-religionists in Israel because, as in the Balkans, the burden of history weighs heavily on the shoulders of the indigenous people of Palestine whose continuing misfortunes are unlikely to let them forget the architects of their plight.
www.redress.btinternet.co.uk /sharansky.htm   (1057 words)

  
 Online NewsHour: Author Natan Sharansky Discusses Book "The Case for Democracy" -- February 9, 2005
Natan Sharansky, author of "The Case for Democracy: The Power of Freedom to Overcome Tyranny and Terror," talks about the influence his book seems to be having on the Bush administration.
NATAN SHARANSKY: It was a lot of fear societies on one side, led of course by big fear society of the Soviet Union, and some free societies on the other side and some fear societies on the other side.
NATAN SHARANSKY: Well, first of all, of course I'm very glad that we are sitting and talking and discussing and having our summit that wasn't possible in the last few years.
www.pbs.org /newshour/bb/entertainment/jan-june05/case_2-9.html   (1535 words)

  
 Natan Sharansky - SourceWatch
Anatoly Sharansky (we shall call him by his birth name, Anatoly, rather than Natan, the name given to him by the Israeli ambassador to West Germany upon his release from prison) was born in Ukraine and educated in Russia as a mathematician.
Sharansky began his political career in Israel by becoming head of the Zionist Forum, an organization dedicated to lobbying on behalf of Soviet immigrants.
Sharansky's philosophy of freedom and fear, good and evil, is a projection of his own political activism both in Israel and as a 'refusenik' and political prisoner in the Soviet Union.
www.sourcewatch.org /index.php?title=Natan_Sharansky   (1529 words)

  
 Natan Sharansky Summary
Anatoly Borisovich Shcharansky, now known as Natan Sharansky, was born on January 20, 1948, in Donetsk, Ukraine, where his father was a journalist for a Communist Party newspaper.
According to Sharansky, the ceremony took place in a sparkling hall, next door to the building where he was arrested 20 years earlier; the last time he saw anything of Moscow other than Lefortovo Prison.
Sharansky takes what many of his critics call a hardline position against the Palestinians, arguing that there can never be peace between Israel and the Palestinians until the latter rid their society of terrorist groups like Hamas and of anti-Semitism.
www.bookrags.com /Natan_Sharansky   (2063 words)

  
 The Dissident: An Interview With Natan Sharansky
Sharansky’s eyes grew with excitement as he cited the Beirut demonstration—the largest in Lebanon's history—as proof that democracy was at last spreading throughout Israel’s neighborhood.
Sharansky insists that he is neither of the right nor the left and that his commitment to democracy and human rights has not changed since his dissident days.
Natan Sharansky: Well, "democracy" is a vague term, and usually when people try to define it, they speak about different institutions which have to be built and developed within a society in order to be called democratic, institutions which protect the rights of individuals.
www.motherjones.com /news/qa/2005/03/natan_sharansky.html   (3170 words)

  
 Online NewsHour: Natan Sharansky -- July 22, 1997
Natan Sharansky, a former Russian dissident who spent a decade in prison, has become one of the most powerful political figures in Israel.
Historic elections in Israel on the eve of Sharansky's election to the Knesset.
In 1977, Sharansky was arrested by the KGB, accused of spying for the United States.
www.pbs.org /newshour/bb/middle_east/july-dec97/sharansky_7-22.html   (1532 words)

  
 Right-Web | Individual Profile | Natan Sharansky
Sharansky shares the Israeli government's conviction that the entire city of Jerusalem is the country's capital.
For Sharansky, the accusation that the views of some pro-Israel policy advocates are clouded by their dual loyalty to both Israel and the United States misses the fundamental truth about the Jewish diaspora.
Sharansky is also the chairman of The Coordination Forum for Countering Anti-Semitism, a government forum that brings together various government ministries, including its foreign ministry and information center, together with various Jewish organizations including the World Jewish Congress and the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).
rightweb.irc-online.org /ind/sharansky/sharansky.php   (1751 words)

  
 WorldNetDaily: Dissidents cheered 'evil empire' speech   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Israeli cabinet minister Natan Sharansky, who at the time was confined to an eight-by-10-foot prison cell on the border of Siberia, said his jailers gave him the special privilege of reading the communist newspaper Pravda.
Sharansky recalled, at the time, he could not have imagined he would be in the White House three years later telling his story to the president.
Sharansky was arrested in 1977 for protesting the Soviet Union's refusal to allow Russian Jews to emigrate to Israel.
www.worldnetdaily.com /news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=38828   (670 words)

  
 Natan Sharansky: "Peace Will Only Come after Freedom and Democracy" - Middle East Quarterly
Natan Sharansky is among the world's most consistent advocates of democratization as a basis for foreign policy.
Sharansky: Whenever people are given an opportunity not to live in constant fear, not to live a life of doublethink, they choose freedom.
Sharansky: Questions of principle and practical matters are always connected for me. I was against the disengagement plan not because I believed we should stay in Gaza but because one-sided concessions could transform Gaza into a beachhead for a terrorist state.
www.meforum.org /article/666   (2036 words)

  
 Anatoly "Natan" Sharansky: Bush's guru
As housing minister, Sharansky systematically enlarged the illegal Jewish settlements on expropriated Arab land in the West Bank and, now, he is one of a group of extreme right-wingers who are trying to undermine Ariel Sharon's "disengagement" plan and prevent the dismantling of settlements.
It is perhaps this story that inspired Natan Sharansky's theory that the ultimate test of democracy is that a person can stand in the town square and denounce his government, without anything happening to him.
We first heard of Natan Sharansky (actually Anatoly Sharansky, but the name was simplified and Hebrewized when he came here) as a "dissident" in the Soviet Union.
www.redress.btinternet.co.uk /uavnery117.htm   (997 words)

  
 Joel C. Rosenberg on George W. Bush and Natan Sharansky on National Review Online
Sharansky, a self-effacing man who spent nine years in KGB prisons (often in solitary confinement) before becoming the first political prisoner released by Mikhail Gorbachev, hoped it had to do with his brilliant analysis and polished prose.
Sharansky writes: "The unforgettable image he left the reader with was that of a soldier who must always point a gun at his enemy.
For Sharansky, this is the critical line of demarcation in the war on terror, dividing the naysayers from those who both believe in and are willing to fight for the notion that freedom is a universal human right.
www.nationalreview.com /comment/rosenberg200411190851.asp   (1129 words)

  
 Mr. Sharansky, ease my doubts by Martin Kramer (Natan Sharansky's The Case for Democracy)
The panel focused on Sharansky's much-discussed book, The Case for Democracy, which President George Bush has praised as the best argument for his vision of a democratic world order.
Sharansky's intervention, the Iraqi dissident Kanan Makiya described these regimes as "republics of fear.") In particular, was this situation created by the West, and has it been sustained by the West (as Mr.
Sharansky came along, the argument that the West was to blame figured most prominently on the far left.
www.geocities.com /martinkramerorg/Sharansky.htm   (2074 words)

  
 Sharansky, Natan (Anatoly) (1948- )
In 1973, Sharansky applied for an exit visa to Israel, but was refused on "security" grounds.
Convicted in 1978 of treason and spying on behalf of the United States, Sharansky was sentenced to thirteen years imprisonment.
Freed on the border of a still-divided Germany, he was met by the Israeli ambassador who presented him immediately with his new Israeli passport under the Hebrew name of Natan Sharansky.
www.jafi.org.il /education/100/people/sharans.html   (425 words)

  
 AEI - Events
It's not only that Natan was a witness to all of these events, and a participant, but he's one of the few who drew a lesson from the first to the second.
SHARANSKY: Well, first of all, torture is a very bad thing, and democracies should be concerned not only what it means for that person who is tortured, but also what it means for the system.
SHARANSKY: Well, I'll tell you frankly that I think our opportunities of Israel to influence actively on encouraging of democracy in Syria are very limited, though of course it is America and Europe who have to lead this policy.
www.aei.org /events/filter.all,eventID.943/transcript.asp   (9954 words)

  
 Natan (Anatoly) Sharansky
Natan (Anatoly) Sharansky was born in the Ukraine, and graduated with a degree in mathematics from the Physical Technical Institute in Moscow.
In February 2003, Natan Sharansky was appointed Minister without Portfolio, responsible for Jerusalem, social and Diaspora affairs.
Sharansky resigned from the government on May 2, 2005, because of his opposition to Ariel Sharon's disengagement plan.
www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org /jsource/biography/sharansky.html   (537 words)

  
 Natan Sharansky: Israel's Scorned Idealist - Newsweek: International Editions - MSNBC.com
Sharansky rejects the notion that Arabs are "not built" for democracy.
In late February, Sharansky voted against the Israeli cabinet's historic decision to evacuate 26 settlements, citing the lack of demand for a Palestinian quid pro quo.
Sharansky's biggest obstacle seems to be the indifference of the Israeli establishment.
www.msnbc.msn.com /id/7037096/site/newsweek   (1306 words)

  
 Israpundit » Blog Archive » ‘Hesitant, tentative unsure’ the Olmert government imperils Israel: ...
The impression that Sharansky lent during the call is that virtually all of the population want this war prosecuted and fast and is behind the IDF to do it.
Sharansky is on record that Iran-the master puppeteer in the existential drama going on via Hizbullah in Southern Lebanon should be dealt with via ‘regime change.’ One of the questioners asked if given the current circumstances if he still held to that view given Ahmadinejad’s relentless quest for nuclear weapons.
Sharansky lent the distinct impression during the give and take of this One Israel session with several bloggers that he views Israel as embroiled in an existential fight with Hizbullah Iran and its acolyte Syria.
www.israpundit.com /2006/?p=2260   (1413 words)

  
 israelinsider: politics: Former Soviet dissident Natan Sharansky leaves Israeli politics
Natan Sharansky, the famed Soviet dissident and a favorite of U.S. President George W. Bush, disclosed on Wednesday that he would retire from Israeli politics, an aide said.
Sharansky will not speak publicly until he meets on Sunday with the head of his Likud Party, Benjamin Netanyahu, she said.
Sharansky was a vocal opponent of Israel's withdrawal from the Gaza Strip last year and resigned his Cabinet post to protest the pullout.
web.israelinsider.com /Articles/Politics/9625.htm   (576 words)

  
 WILLisms.com: Natan Sharansky's Case For Democracy.
Ultimately, though, Sharansky (former political prisoner of the Soviet Union, current Israeli politician) makes perhaps the most lucid, most convincing case, in print, on behalf of freedom in the world.
Sharansky asserts that Reagan as a pivotal figure of history, a leader whose voice, heard behind the Iron Curtain, helped millions know they would one day be free, and whose actions made that freedom happen.
Sharansky credits Reagan for bucking the skeptics and pursuing a policy that led to the defeat of the Soviet Union.
www.willisms.com /archives/2005/03/natan_sharansky.html   (1044 words)

  
 Natan Sharansky and US Israel Policy - by Tom Barry
Although Sharansky and the U.S. government denied any connection between Sharansky and the CIA, he was sentenced in 1978 to 13 years imprisonment.
Sharansky expressed his elation about the prospects for Israel's regional agenda, noting that the reelection of Bush was even more auspicious than the death of Yasser Arafat, whom Sharansky had repeatedly dismissed as a "murderer" and "terrorist."
Sharansky said that Bush shared his own belief that there could be no peace in the Middle East or resolution of the Palestinian issue until the Arab world adopted economic and political reforms in line with those promoted by the Bush administration and the Likud party.
www.antiwar.com /barry/?articleid=4755   (1046 words)

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