July 19, 1989
President Bush, in a letter to Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir, has echoed the statement of Secretary of State James A. Baker III that the idea of a "greater Israel" should be abandoned, National Public Radio said in a broadcast from Washington. Baker's exhortation, in a speech on May 22, was attacked by friends of Israel in Congress.
September 25, 1991 |
The Israeli government took the offensive Tuesday against President Bush's calls for a halt to settlement construction with a public blessing of a plan designed to integrate Israel proper with the occupied West Bank. "We have to arise and disperse ourselves in all the area, to settle all the territory . . . to the edge of the horizon," Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir said.
April 18, 1989 |
Several hundred Druze Arabs demonstrated on Monday, Syria's Independence Day, in protest against Israel's annexation of the Golan Heights. "The Golan is Syrian. We are part of Syria," chanted the demonstrators at Majdal Shams, main village in the area captured by Israel in the 1967 Middle East War. About 400 people gathered on the Syrian side of a military dividing fence, waving Syrian flags and shouting encouragement to the protesters.
October 19, 1990 |
Israel will continue to expand settlements in annexed districts of Jerusalem, as well as in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip, despite persistent objections from Washington, Israel's Foreign Minister David Levy said Thursday in a letter to Secretary of State James A. Baker III. The letter is expected to renew the friction that appeared to have receded with recent pledges by Israel to alter its settlement policies.
June 24, 1998 |
The Israeli government's announcement this week that it intends to expand Jerusalem has created a storm of protest from the United States, the United Nations and others who say it will further damage the beleaguered peace process with the Palestinians. But inside Israel, the plan's most vocal opponents are people whose focus is not on the peace process but on the kinds of quality-of-life issues that might sound familiar to municipal annexation foes in California and elsewhere.
August 5, 1991 |
Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir's Cabinet, overcoming suspicions that Israel is setting a course that will cost it territory it now occupies, on Sunday ratified Shamir's decision to enter U.S.-organized Middle East peace talks. Only three of 20 Cabinet ministers voted against Shamir's decision, which was made conditional on the selection of Palestinian negotiators suitable to Israel.