March 26, 1991 |
Israelis gave a heroes' welcome Monday to 7,000 U.S. servicemen and women stopping off in Israel on their way home from the Gulf War. Sailors and Marines from five warships went ashore in Haifa, Israel's third-largest city, where girls showered them with flowers and schoolchildren greeted them with red, white and blue balloons. A band played a medley of U.S. military tunes.
October 10, 1985 |
Three cruise ship lines reported changes in their Mediterranean schedules today, but the hijacking of an Italian liner has not resulted in widespread cancellations. The two-day hijacking of the Achille Lauro came near the end of the Mediterranean cruise season, travel agents and cruise ship operators said. The Norwegian line Sea Goddess has two trips remaining. An Oct. 19 cruise will not stop at Alexandria and Port Said in Egypt and at Haifa, Israel, but those stops will be restored on the Oct.
October 24, 1986 |
Five nations joined an American air and sea search Thursday for four U.S. Navy crewmen whose anti-submarine jet vanished two days ago in the eastern Mediterranean. "We'll just keep looking for them till there's no more hope," said 6th Fleet spokesman Lt. Dave Morris. The S-3A Viking aircraft failed to return to the aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday from what was described as "a routine anti-submarine surveillance mission." In Jacksonville, Fla.
December 22, 1990 |
A U.S. Navy launch carrying sailors on shore leave back to the aircraft carrier Saratoga capsized off the Israeli port of Haifa early today, killing one and injuring at least 27, Israeli army radio said. The radio said the Israeli navy was still conducting rescue operations. Between 70 to 100 people had been on the launch, it said. The launch was on its way to the Saratoga, which is part of the U.S. 6th Fleet, the radio said.
January 18, 2004 |
Israel's envoy to Sweden said Saturday he had no regrets after vandalizing a display at a Stockholm museum depicting a Palestinian suicide bomber, even as the artist insisted his work called for conciliation. Ambassador Zvi Mazel, who attended Friday's opening of an art exhibit tied to an anti-genocide conference, said the work was a "call to kill."
April 11, 2002 |
A day after he angrily assailed Palestinian suicide bombers as "spiritual progeny" of the Nazis in a speech to the Security Council here, Israel's ambassador to the United Nations learned Wednesday that his 18-year-old niece was one of eight victims of a suicide bombing on a bus in Haifa, Israel. Ambassador Yehuda Lancry will be away from U.N.
December 24, 1990
Crew members of the U.S. aircraft carrier Saratoga bid farewell to their 21 drowned comrades in a memorial service. About 1,200 attended the shipboard ceremony for those who died when their ferry capsized Saturday en route to the Saratoga from shore leave in Haifa, Israel. Twenty bodies have been recovered; the 21st was still being sought. Defense Secretary Dick Cheney said that a number of nations in the 28-member force arrayed against Iraq would not fight to drive Iraq from Kuwait.
May 26, 1985 |
Seaman Michael Lance Walker, the younger partner in an accused father-son spy team, was flown back to the United States on Saturday and arrested by FBI agents on charges that he helped pass secrets to the Soviet Union. The agents were waiting with handcuffs when the 22-year-old Walker, wearing a white shirt and blue pants, walked down the stairs of a twin-engine C-9 Nightingale at Andrews Air Force Base near Washington at mid-afternoon.
August 21, 1994 |
The aircraft carrier Saratoga was decommissioned Saturday after 38 years of duty that included glory and tragedy. As long as the Empire State Building is tall, the aircraft carrier saw duty in the Gulf of Tonkin during the Vietnam War, the Cuban coast during the 1962 missile crisis and the Persian Gulf War. "At times when I stand on the pier and look up at this grand old lady there is an almost lifelike sense about her," said Capt. William H. Kennedy, the Saratoga's final commanding officer.
June 11, 1985 |
A train and bus collided at a railway crossing near the Mediterranean coast today, killing 21 people, most of them seventh graders heading for a school outing at the beach, police said. Police spokesman David Frankel said 17 other people were injured in the crash 14 miles south of Haifa. All the dead were from the bus and included the bus driver, a woman. The impact crushed the sides of the bus, flipped it over and threw it more than 40 yards from the crossing.