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January 11, 2014 |
JERUSALEM - Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, the iron-willed army general who fought in nearly all of his nation's major wars and spearheaded Jewish settlement of Palestinian territories, then years later presided over Israel's withdrawal from the Gaza Strip, died Saturday. He was 85. The controversial leader, who had been incapacitated since suffering a severe stroke in 2006, was moved in 2010 to his ranch in the Negev desert at the request of his family. In September he underwent abdominal surgery, but his condition worsened this month as his organs deteriorated.
June 23, 1988
Fires blamed mostly on Arab arsonists destroyed more than 60 acres of forests in northern Israel, and clashes with Israeli troops in the occupied territories left one Arab dead and at least three injured. In the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip, most businesses and schools were shut by a general strike. At the Gaza Strip refugee camp of Rafah, Talad Khalil Zakoot, 16, was killed during a clash with Israeli troops, an Arab reporter quoted the boy's relatives as saying.
April 23, 1985 |
The United States and Israel signed an agreement Monday to abolish all tariffs and most other trade barriers between the two nations by 1995, the first such U.S. agreement with any nation. The document, the product of 13 months of intense negotiations, was signed by U.S. Trade Representative William E. Brock and Ariel Sharon, Israel's minister of industry and commerce. Israel's parliament, the Knesset, approved the agreement Monday, and U.S. congressional approval seems assured.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 8, 2001
Re "Sharon Swamps Barak in Israeli Vote for Premier," Feb. 7: Ariel Sharon, I think, is the Winston Churchill of Israel, while Ehud Barak, a good and decent man, is its Neville Chamberlain--another good and decent man. Barak, like Chamberlain, has attempted to appease the unappeasable. For years, Churchill got up in Parliament and warned of Hitler and the coming fascist storm. Sharon, like Churchill, is a steely eyed realist. He knows, and he has always known, that the continuing freedom of Israel, its very existence, comes at a high price.
August 11, 2013 |
JERUSALEM - For the second time in a week, Israel advanced plans for more than 1,000 new units of housing on land it seized in 1967, brushing aside U.S. pleas to curtail settlement construction while the Obama administration attempts to revive long-stalled peace talks. Israel's Housing Ministry said Sunday that it would publish tenders for 1,187 units of housing, including 793 units in Jewish developments in the Jerusalem area and 394 units in the West Bank. Palestinians say Israel's building announcements are sabotaging the renewed peace process, relaunched last month by Secretary of State John F. Kerry.
May 28, 1994 |
Ariel Sharon, Israel's hawkish former defense minister, launched a campaign Friday to oust Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in the 1996 elections, declaring his intention to form a broad right-wing coalition and lead "a rescue mission to save the Land of Israel and the Jewish people." But Sharon's announcement was more a challenge to Benjamin Netanyahu, chairman of the opposition Likud Party, who has been feuding with Sharon. Netanyahu angrily demanded Sharon's expulsion from the party.