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.
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.
June 4, 2009 |
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.
December 31, 2004 |
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.
June 30, 2002 |
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.
September 19, 1998 |
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."