April 6, 2006 |
Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, presiding Wednesday over the first meeting of his Hamas-dominated Cabinet, declared that the government's coffers were empty and appealed for international assistance. But on a note of continuing defiance, Haniyeh, a senior Hamas official, denounced Israeli "aggression" and vowed that he and his ministers would forgo salaries until money was found to pay nearly 150,000 civil servants.
February 10, 2006 |
Russian President Vladimir V. Putin said Thursday that he would invite leaders of the militant group Hamas, who last month won a majority in the Palestinian parliament, to Moscow. Speaking through a Spanish interpreter, Putin said: "We haven't considered Hamas a terrorist organization. Today we must recognize that Hamas has reached power in Palestine as a result of legitimate elections, and we must respect the choice of the Palestinian people."
November 28, 2006
WHETHER THE impetus was a shaky cease-fire in the Gaza Strip or President Bush's visit to the Middle East, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Monday unexpectedly extended an olive branch to the Palestinians. If the Palestinian Authority -- including the Islamic party Hamas -- doesn't respond in kind, it will be yet another golden opportunity for Mideast peace squandered.
February 27, 2006
MAKING THE TRANSITION from critic to participant is always difficult. Leaders of Hamas, after their shocking win in Palestinian elections last month, find themselves undergoing just such a transformation. As they try to assemble a working government, all parties in the Middle East will need to resist the temptation not just of violence but of impatience. This is a critical moment. Hamas may govern a short or a long time, but it will never again assume office for the first time.
December 15, 2005 |
An airstrike in the Gaza Strip killed four Palestinians and wounded five others Wednesday as Israel continued targeting militants after a suicide bombing last week and sporadic rocket attacks from Gaza since then. Israeli military officials said a missile struck a car believed to be carrying Palestinian militants and explosives for a planned attack against the Karni crossing, the main cargo port between Israel and the Gaza Strip.
December 2, 2003 |
Four people, including a 9-year-old boy, were reported killed when Israeli troops raided the West Bank city of Ramallah on Monday, prompting angry denunciations from Palestinian officials on a day when backers of an unofficial peace treaty were gathering in Geneva for a celebrity-laden signing ceremony. A spokesman for Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat called the daylong military operation, in which Israeli commandos rounded up more than 30 suspected militants, a "provocative action."