August 28, 2001 |
In a major escalation of the Mideast conflict, Israel assassinated a senior Palestinian leader it accused of terrorism and made good early today on threats to invade a key Palestinian town south of Jerusalem. Amid fierce gun battles, Israeli tanks backed by helicopters charged into the town of Beit Jala in one of the deepest Israeli incursions yet into Palestinian territory.
March 22, 2001 |
Surrounded by supporters and her weeping parents, a woman convicted of failing to prevent the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin began a nine-month jail sentence Wednesday. Margalit Har-Shefi, 25, a friend of Rabin's assassin, Yigal Amir, repeated her claim of innocence as she entered a prison for women in central Israel. "I did not know" about the planned assassination, she said. "Even prison can't change the truth."
January 18, 2001 |
Masked gunmen dashed into Gaza City's seaside Beach Hotel in broad daylight Wednesday and executed the chief of the Palestinian television network, a well-connected but unpopular official close to Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat. Israel immediately denied any link to the gangland-style hit. Whoever the assassins turn out to be, the killing of someone so close to Arafat sent a chilling message throughout Palestinian society and reinforced a profound sense of insecurity and fear.
January 10, 2001 |
The widow of a Palestinian official gunned down by Israeli troops in the West Bank asked the Israeli Supreme Court on Tuesday to order caretaker Prime Minister Ehud Barak to halt the army's policy of assassinating suspected Palestinian fighters.
November 6, 1999 |
Israel's former Prime Minister Shimon Peres on Friday called for the reopening of the investigation into the 1995 assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, echoing demands by the family of the late leader. "I am concerned that there are people [in Rabin's family] who believe there is still something to examine, so we must investigate," said Peres, who took over as prime minister after Yigal Amir, an ultranationalist Jew, gunned down Rabin on Nov. 4, 1995.
April 26, 1999 |
An informer for Israel's intelligence agency who befriended Yitzhak Rabin's assassin was indicted on charges that he failed to stop the prime minister's murder. The indictment accused Avishai Raviv, a former Shin Bet informer, of failing to tell his supervisors about Jewish ultranationalist Yigal Amir's repeated threats against Rabin. Amir shot Rabin as he left a Tel Aviv peace rally in November 1995.