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January 10, 2014 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON - President Obama will nominate Stanley Fischer, the former head of the Bank of Israel, to be vice chair of the Federal Reserve, and also tapped two others for seats on the central bank's Board of Governors, the White House said. Lael Brainard, who stepped down in November as Treasury undersecretary for international affairs, was chosen to fill one of the vacant seats on the seven-member Fed board. Jerome H. Powell, a former Treasury official and investment banker who has served on the Fed board since 2012, will be renominated.
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NEWS
May 22, 1996 | From Times Wire Reports
The Israeli army said it arrested 32 suspected Palestinian Islamic militants in the West Bank in two days of raids. It said 13 Palestinians were arrested Sunday and 19 Monday. Israel's Haaretz daily newspaper said the arrests in areas throughout the West Bank were the result of information gained during the interrogation of top Hamas figure Hassan Salameh, who was captured in the West Bank city of Hebron on Friday.
WORLD
January 29, 2013 | By Edmund Sanders
JERUSALEM -- Bank of Israel chief Stanley Fischer, who is widely credited with shepherding Israel through the international credit crunch four years ago, said he would resign from his post in June. Fischer, who was appointed in 2005, gave no reason for his departure, but he had previously hinted that he did not expect to complete his second five-year term, which began in 2010. Under Fischer, Israel maintained a steady, conservative monetary policy with impressive economic growth and low inflation.
NEWS
March 15, 1998 | From Times Wire Services
Stone-throwing clashes erupted Saturday in West Bank areas, injuring more than a dozen Palestinians and several Israelis. In a separate development, police said they suspected Palestinians of planting an explosive device that blew off the hands of an Israeli man in the town of Afula in northern Israel. No one else was injured. The blast occurred in a park just outside a bus station.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 1987 | HOWARD KAPLAN, Howard Kaplan, who teaches comparative Arabic and Israeli literature at UCLA, is the author of "Bullets of Palestine," a novel about Abu Nidal and the Israeli-Palestinian struggle, to be published in August (Gold Eagle Books)
As an ardent Zionist, I watch the upsurge in riots and unrest in the West Bank with increasing pain and frustration. The relentless cycle of demonstrations and response is escalating in frequency and violence on both sides to such an extent that recently Israeli officers have kept American television crews from filming the unrest. The area is a pressure cooker, and the flare-ups merely let off steam.
NEWS
April 17, 1991 | DANIEL WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sparkling wine and defiance flowed freely Tuesday as militant Israeli expansionists celebrated the birth of a new government-backed settlement on the West Bank, an event timed to coincide with this week's visit of U.S. Secretary of State James A. Baker III, who has urged Israel to stop settling the disputed lands. The settlers set up 14 trailers under cover of night, and a dozen families began moving their belongings in by afternoon.
WORLD
June 30, 2002 | BARBARA DEMICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Israeli government will start dismantling illegally built Jewish settlements in the West Bank today because of the difficulty of protecting them, Defense Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer said Saturday. The defense minister promised that 10 settlements will be removed by the end of the day and that another 10 will disappear in coming days.
WORLD
January 29, 2013 | By Edmund Sanders
JERUSALEM -- Bank of Israel chief Stanley Fischer, who is widely credited with shepherding Israel through the international credit crunch four years ago, said he would resign from his post in June. Fischer, who was appointed in 2005, gave no reason for his departure, but he had previously hinted that he did not expect to complete his second five-year term, which began in 2010. Under Fischer, Israel maintained a steady, conservative monetary policy with impressive economic growth and low inflation.
NEWS
August 20, 1990 | From a Times Staff Writer
The Israeli army reported that its troops killed one Jordanian soldier and wounded a second Sunday in a clash in the occupied West Bank. No Israelis were hurt, the army said. The skirmish occurred in the Jordan River Valley near the Damia Bridge (also called the Adam Bridge), about 17 miles north of Jericho and less than a mile inside Israeli-occupied territory.
WORLD
November 1, 2011 | By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
After a successful Palestinian bid to join the U.N. cultural agency, UNESCO, Israel said Tuesday that it would retaliate by issuing tenders for about 2,000 new housing units on land it seized during the 1967 Mideast War. After meeting with his top advisors, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would order construction of apartments in the Jerusalem area and the West Bank settlements of Gush Etzion and Maaleh Adumim. Officials said about 1,650 units would be built around Jerusalem and the rest in the West Bank.
OPINION
March 14, 2011
One of the most depressing characteristics of the dysfunctional Palestinian-Israeli relationship is the self-destructive tit-for-tat mentality that often seems designed to keep the conflict alive rather than to end it. Anyone who follows the news is familiar with how this cycle works. It might begin with a Palestinian child dying while stopped at an Israeli army checkpoint on his way to the hospital. In response, an enraged Palestinian shoots into a crowd of Israeli soldiers at a bus stop.
OPINION
December 23, 2009
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton fumbled in Jerusalem last month when she hailed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's decision to temporarily freeze West Bank settlement construction as "unprecedented," thereby suggesting it was somehow optimal. The 10-month freeze is far from ideal, because it allows completion of nearly 3,000 housing units and 28 public buildings already underway in the West Bank, and it doesn't include development in contested East Jerusalem. Still, it is important to acknowledge that this is is an unprecedented step for the right-wing Netanyahu, who has built a career out of opposing concessions to the Palestinians or negotiations for a separate state.
WORLD
June 4, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Israel dismantled a military checkpoint that had impeded Palestinian travel in the West Bank in an apparent goodwill gesture a day before President Obama's address to the Muslim and Arab world. But Palestinians said the removal of a major obstacle on the road from Ramallah, the seat of the Palestinian Authority government, to the northern West Bank didn't address the broader need to ease the movement of people and goods in the Palestinian territories. Israel maintains hundreds of roadblocks throughout the West Bank, saying they are needed to prevent the movement of militants.
WORLD
December 31, 2004 | Ken Ellingwood, Times Staff Writer
Israeli Vice Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said in an interview published Thursday that the government should pull settlers and soldiers from additional areas of the West Bank after the partial withdrawal planned for next year. But a spokesman for Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said there were no plans for further evacuations after the pullout from all 21 Jewish settlements in the Gaza Strip and four in the West Bank. Israel has "no choice of sitting and doing nothing" after next year's planned withdrawal, Olmert told the Jerusalem Post.
WORLD
June 30, 2002 | BARBARA DEMICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Israeli government will start dismantling illegally built Jewish settlements in the West Bank today because of the difficulty of protecting them, Defense Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer said Saturday. The defense minister promised that 10 settlements will be removed by the end of the day and that another 10 will disappear in coming days.
NEWS
December 23, 1985 | DAN FISHER, Times Staff Writer
An elderly Arab wearing the traditional red-and-white-checked kaffiyeh walked out to the middle of the Allenby Bridge and placed his bundle of newspapers carefully on the rail, then went back to the Jordanian side to wait. A few minutes later, an Israeli worker approached the bridge from the other side. He, too, brought newspapers. He went halfway across the bridge, put down his newspapers and retrieved the bundle from the rail.
NEWS
December 2, 1997 | REBECCA TROUNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Israel will annex the Jordan Valley and other Israeli-occupied areas of the West Bank if the Palestinians unilaterally declare statehood, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat on Monday. Netanyahu's statement, made in discussions with right-wing legislators, came a day after his Cabinet approved a proposal to cede more West Bank land to the Palestinians.
NEWS
September 19, 1998 | REBECCA TROUNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As mourners in this West Bank village buried a teenager killed in an encounter with Jewish settlers, speakers at the boy's funeral Friday exhorted Palestinians to launch a new uprising against Israel. "We must wake up from a long sleep . . . and prepare for a fierce war with Israel," said Sheik Aziz Ataya, a local Muslim leader, urging a crowd of several hundred mourners to abandon the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. "This peace is not what we want."
NEWS
March 15, 1998 | From Times Wire Services
Stone-throwing clashes erupted Saturday in West Bank areas, injuring more than a dozen Palestinians and several Israelis. In a separate development, police said they suspected Palestinians of planting an explosive device that blew off the hands of an Israeli man in the town of Afula in northern Israel. No one else was injured. The blast occurred in a park just outside a bus station.
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