Here are brief portraits of Israel's key political and military leaders,
including Ariel Sharon, Shimon Peres, Binyamin Ben-Eliezer and Shaul Mofaz, the
Israeli Defense Forces chief of staff.
Since the current uprising began, in September 2000, popular support for
radical Islamist militant groups such as Hamas and Islamic Jihad has surged,
while new players such as the secular Al Aqsa Brigades, with ties to Yasser
Arafat's Fatah movement, have emerged on the scene. Here's an overview of the
Palestinian political organizations and militant groups and