December 24, 1990 |
Defense Minister Moshe Arens appointed a committee today to study possible economic development in the occupied Gaza Strip, in what was seen as a first step toward separating the territory's economy from Israel's. Any encouragement of development in the occupied territories would be a reversal of Israel's policy of keeping Gaza and the West Bank dependent on Israeli goods and employing Palestinians as cheap labor in Israel.
March 8, 1990 |
Israel, under U.S. pressure to convene peace talks with Palestinians, warned former President Jimmy Carter today not to side with the Arabs on his Middle East trip next week. Carter forged the historic 1979 Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty, and Israeli newspapers say he would now like to mediate the Arab-Israeli conflict. The former President will meet Israeli and Palestinian leaders when he visits four Middle Eastern countries and the Israeli-occupied territories.
October 29, 1985 |
An Israeli newspaper reported today that Prime Minister Shimon Peres proposed to Jordan an interim peace plan calling for joint rule of the Israeli-occupied West Bank and autonomy for Palestinians who live there. The report was denied by Uri Savir, spokesman for Peres. "The report is not true and there was no such message to (Jordan's King) Hussein," Savir said.
June 5, 1986 |
Ultra-religious Jews plan to recruit octogenarians for their spray paint campaign to cover up billboards showing women in skimpy swimsuits, an Israeli newspaper said Wednesday. Ultra-Orthodox leaders decided Tuesday night to canvas Jerusalem nursing homes for residents over age 80 willing--and able--to take to the streets to blot out "indecent" bus shelter advertisements, the daily paper Haaretz reported.
November 18, 2004 |
The Israeli army mistakenly killed three Egyptian soldiers today along the Gaza Strip's border with Egypt, Israeli media reported. Israeli newspapers and radio and TV stations said soldiers in an Israeli tank mistook the Egyptians for Palestinian militants. The website of the Haaretz newspaper quoted Deputy Defense Minister Zeev Boim as saying Israel regretted the incident and that it was "grave in its results."
October 30, 1996 |
Israel staged a military exercise with tanks and infantry troops in the Golan Heights on Tuesday as government officials played down reports of new Syrian troop movements. The Israeli daily Haaretz said U.S. spy satellites have recently detected unusual movements of Syrian units that operate surface-to-surface Scud missiles. Israel's minister of internal security, Avigdor Kahalani, said he doubted Syria would make any moves that could be interpreted as threatening Israeli civilians.
July 3, 1989 |
About 35 soldiers in the Israeli army commit suicide each year, the head of the army's personnel department said in a newspaper interview published Sunday. Thirty-two soldiers committed suicide from April, 1988, to April, 1989, Maj. Gen. Matan Vilnai told the daily Haaretz. The military command confirmed the figures. Vilnai's interview was a departure from the military's customary reluctance to provide such data, which could have a negative effect on soldiers' morale.
May 13, 1996 |
Israel and the Palestinians have agreed to delay the Israeli troop pullout from most of the West Bank city of Hebron until after the May 29 elections in Israel, a senior Israeli official said. "We have decided, and this was decided together with the Palestinians, that we should delay any further developments in Hebron for the time being in order not to create a lot of friction," said Uri Dromi, director of Israel's Government Press Office.
July 4, 1992 |
Defeated Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir ran a German-hunting hit squad for the Mossad spy agency in the 1950s and 1960s, Israel's Haaretz newspaper said Friday. "Shamir and his men were especially active in a campaign of threats, intimidations and assassinations against German scientists working to develop missiles and other advanced weapons for Egypt," the independent daily reported.
November 24, 2004 |
"Sex and the City" star Sarah Jessica Parker's fashion sense raised the ire of some Israelis who demanded that billboards featuring the actress in a skimpy dress be covered up. Photos of Parker lying in a skin-revealing, spaghetti-strap gown were pasted on billboards across Israel promoting Lux soap. But ultra-Orthodox Jews took offense at the sight of her arms, back, shoulders and thigh.