July 26, 2000 |
About two years ago, executives from petroleum industry giant Halliburton Co. were having trouble getting a face-to-face meeting with a top official in tiny, oil-rich Qatar. The men had tried for months to talk with the country's oil minister to discuss a potential project. No response. No interest. No meeting. That was before their boss got involved: Dick Cheney, former Defense secretary, Persian Gulf War hawk and now the likely Republican vice presidential nominee.
November 3, 2001 |
Gunmen killed one Israeli and wounded another in the West Bank on Friday, and about 3,000 Palestinians marched in a funeral procession for two militants whose car was attacked by Israeli helicopters. The gunmen, believed to be Palestinians, shot the Israelis at close range on the road near the Jewish settlement of Beit El, north of Ramallah, an army spokesman said. The army said the attackers escaped.
February 10, 2004
Re "Bush Concedes Flaws in Iraq Weapons Data," Feb. 9: President Bush's "vision" for what he wants to do with the country evidently does not include the need for evidence. On "Meet the Press," he told Tim Russert he "expected to find the weapons" while admitting "there [was] no such thing" as "ironclad, absolutely solid evidence" when it came to Saddam Hussein. Yet the commander in chief saw fit to send in the "young ones," ultimately leading to 530 deaths and 3,000 casualties. The president maintains that "every life is precious," though proof of WMD apparently is not. Bush also asserts that "we are welcome in Iraq," but with daily, numerous attacks on U.S. soldiers, where is his evidence?
April 20, 2006
Re "Suicide Bombing Stokes Israel-Hamas Tensions," April 18 The Times gave us graphic details on Monday's tragic suicide bombing that killed nine Israelis, but it told us little about the Palestinian context. A Palestinian college student lost her right eye after being shot by an Israeli sniper last week. In the preceding 2 1/2 weeks alone, Israeli forces killed 26 Palestinians, five of them children, according to the Palestinian Monitoring Group. Israeli forces fired at least 2,300 artillery shells and 34 missiles into Gaza, according to a U.N. report.
May 24, 2002
Re "Suicide Attacks Kill 2 Israelis," May 23: My prayers go to those injured in the latest suicide bombing in Israel. I am glad that ambulances were able to reach them quickly so that they could get immediate medical attention, and I pray that each will make a complete recovery. Sadly, the victims I saw in Nablus recently were not so fortunate. Ambulances were destroyed and medical personnel attacked while trying to reach civilians lying in streets and the rubble of their homes. The Israeli Defense Forces' claims that ambulances carried weapons and explosives are false.
October 8, 2001 |
A Palestinian bomber blew himself up and killed an Israeli in an assault in northern Israel on Sunday, marking the first suicide attack in the nation in nearly a month and dealing another blow to a tattered truce. Meanwhile, in the volatile West Bank city of Hebron, a Palestinian was shot to death and three were injured in violence. Palestinians blamed Israeli troops, and Israel said the violence was part of an internal Palestinian dispute.
December 7, 2005 |
Israel imposed a strict closure on the West Bank and Gaza Strip on Tuesday and vowed to target Islamic Jihad militants after a suicide bombing that killed five Israelis and wounded more than 40 people outside a shopping mall. By Tuesday morning Israeli forces had arrested 14 wanted Palestinians, most of them in an area of the northern West Bank that is a center of Islamic Jihad activity and the origin of the assailant who blew himself up in the coastal city of Netanya on Monday morning.
September 6, 2003 |
Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas, caught up in a bitter power struggle with Yasser Arafat, told several top associates late Friday that he was considering quitting -- a threat he has made on several previous occasions without carrying it out. Two senior colleagues of the beleaguered 68-year-old prime minister said he had raised the possibility of stepping aside as soon as today, but they added that aides and mediators were continuing to work to dissuade him.
March 24, 1997 |
Two days after a deadly suicide bombing, Israel demanded Sunday that the Palestinian Authority crack down on Islamic extremists who carry out such attacks, but it did not formally suspend political contacts with the Palestinians. Israeli officials had indicated that the government might decide to halt political negotiations with the Palestinians, a move that could have put further strain on the tottering peace process and made reconciliation more difficult.
February 2, 1995 |
The leaders of Egypt, Israel, Jordan and the Palestinians will hold an unprecedented four-way summit in Cairo today in an effort to rescue foundering Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations. The quartet of leaders "will make a real attempt to create a coalition for peace and not let the coalition against peace stop it," Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres told reporters in Cairo, where he held talks Wednesday with Egyptian Foreign Minister Amir Moussa.