December 14, 2003 |
A U.S. envoy sought "concrete steps" from Israel and the Palestinians to revive peace talks, the latest indication of Washington's impatience with the two sides' inability to resolve more than three years of conflict. David Satterfield, a senior State Department official, met Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Ahmed Korei on a visit to the region meant to help restart the U.S.-backed "road map" peace plan.
July 5, 2004
Re "Israel's High Court Puts a Dent in West Bank Barrier," June 30: Obviously, Israel is not exempt from the far-reaching arm of the liberal courts and judges plaguing most of Europe and much of the United States. Israel's Supreme Court ruling that the West Bank barrier protecting Israel violates "many fundamental rights" of Palestinians living in its path ignores Israel's fundamental right to protect itself from suffering more Palestinian suicide bombings aimed at Israeli schoolchildren, women and families eating in restaurants.
February 24, 2005 |
Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Ahmed Korei will seek parliamentary approval for a new Cabinet today, after defusing a crisis by meeting lawmakers' demands to name more reformists and fewer loyalists of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. Officials said Korei had named more technocrats among the 24 ministers, 17 of whom were newcomers, and only one was a member of parliament. Korei's initial Cabinet, presented Monday, contained only four new faces.
October 1, 2001 |
Israeli troops fatally shot three Palestinians in the West Bank, bringing the Palestinian death toll to 18 since the two sides pledged last week to formalize a cease-fire. No Israelis have been killed since Wednesday's cease-fire promises, but Israel said its troops have faced dozens of attacks. Israel warned that Palestinians had two days to enforce their side of the truce, or it was doomed to fail.
October 14, 2003 |
Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat appointed an acting security chief Monday over interim Prime Minister Ahmed Korei's opposition. Arafat named Hakam Balawi, a senior official from his ruling Fatah party, a Palestinian official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. Korei, who has been in office for about a week, has already threatened to resign several times because of disputes with Arafat.
February 8, 2000 |
Israel and the Palestinians should skip over a peace treaty framework, due Sunday, and instead focus on reaching a final accord by the September deadline, a senior Palestinian negotiator said Monday. Ahmed Korei spoke a day after the Palestinians suspended peace talks and charged that Israel is negotiating in bad faith. Palestinian officials said talks might break off for good if Washington does not succeed in softening Israeli positions.
September 4, 2003 |
Israeli warplanes attacked the outskirts of a south Lebanese village Wednesday after Hezbollah gunners fired antiaircraft rounds at Israeli jets in Lebanon's airspace, Lebanese and Israeli security sources said. Israeli army spokeswoman Sharon Feingold said the planes destroyed a cannon belonging to Hezbollah. The planes struck the outskirts of Telal al Bayad, just north of the Lebanese border town of Naqoura, Lebanese security sources said.
November 16, 2004 |
Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Ahmed Korei asked France on Monday to release the medical records of the late President Yasser Arafat, Korei's office said. Arafat, 75, died Thursday in a French hospital, where he was taken Oct. 29 for treatment after his health deteriorated. Neither Palestinian officials nor Arafat's French medical team announced the cause of death.
February 16, 2004 |
A rare storm dumped more than 2 feet of snow on parts of the Middle East, breaking power lines in Lebanon, collapsing a wall near a holy site in Jerusalem and delaying talks between Israelis and Palestinians. At least one person was killed. In Amman, the Jordanian capital, snowmen lined the streets and children sledded on plastic tubs and bowls. Parts of Jordan received as much as 2 1/2 feet of snow, and more was reported in Lebanon and Syria.
June 20, 2004 |
Amid persistent rumors about his health, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, 76, will go to Germany today to have an operation for a slipped disk, an official source said Saturday. Health Minister Mohammed Awad Afifi Tag Din, quoted by the official Middle East News Agency, said the surgery scheduled for Monday was an operation to remove displaced cartilage by inserting a microscopic endoscope.