September 15, 2003 |
Israeli defense officials, apparently bowing to U.S. demands, said Sunday that they had revised the planned course of a West Bank security barrier so that it would leave out a major Jewish settlement. The new blueprint, presented by Israeli Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz to U.S. Ambassador Daniel Kurtzer last week, would exclude the settlement of Ariel, about 12 miles inside the West Bank, a defense official said.
October 14, 2002 |
A Palestinian militant whose clan has been targeted by Israeli security forces was killed Sunday when a public telephone exploded in his hand -- one of six Palestinians to die in a day of violence, Palestinians said. Mohammed Shtewie Abayat was on the phone outside Beit Jala Hospital near the West Bank city of Bethlehem when the apparatus blew up, killing him, according to doctors. Relatives said he belonged to a militia linked to Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's Fatah movement.
July 19, 1994 |
On the first day of his sixth Mideast shuttle, Secretary of State Warren Christopher talked with Israeli leaders Monday and predicted that the peace process is close to realizing its goal. "The Arab-Israeli conflict, one of the most longstanding and most intractable conflicts of this entire century, is drawing to an end," he said after meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. "There will be difficulties on the path ahead.
August 14, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration faces mounting pressure to sanction the Egyptian military for its violent crackdown on opponents, even though officials refrained from any punitive action Wednesday. As the Egyptian government declared emergency law and its security forces killed dozens of Islamist protesters, U.S. officials condemned the actions and said they were weighing whether to call off a large-scale joint military exercise or cut $1.5 billion in aid. Secretary of State John F. Kerry, in a brief appearance Wednesday afternoon at the State Department, said the violence was “deplorable” and stressed the administration's opposition to the imposition of emergency law. But the administration also made clear it was deeply reluctant to move too forcefully against the military government that took power last month, fearing that such an action could jeopardize U.S. security interests in the region and diminish what limited leverage Washington has. U.S. officials have been trying to avoid taking sides with either the military or the elected Islamist government that was ousted last month, as the Obama administration has sought to avoid perceptions that it is interfering in Egyptian politics for its own ends.
April 1, 2011 |
Even as President Obama lays out his vision of America's obligations to civilians menaced by their own governments, the limits of what some are calling an "Obama Doctrine" are evident in his differing approaches to Libya and another Arab country in turmoil: Syria. Ignoring Libyans in danger from Moammar Kadafi's forces "would have been a betrayal of who we are," the president said this week in defending the U.S.-supported air war there. Yet the administration has made it clear that the military option is not "on the table," in Syria, where dozens of protesters also have been killed.
July 30, 2013 |
Baseball Hall of Famer Yogi Berra once said famously: "When you come to a fork in the road, take it. " Secretary of State John F. Kerry's peace process diplomacy is a living testament to the paradoxical wisdom of that quote. On the one hand, Kerry's efforts have been marked by an unusual degree of deftness and political smarts. He finessed the two basic steps that have foiled his recent predecessors: the effort simply to start negotiations, and the search for confidence-building measures.