October 2, 2001 |
Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres lashed out at his nation's military Monday, accusing a senior officer of wanting to assassinate Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat, as violence threatened to torpedo the cease-fire announced last week. Since Peres and Arafat agreed to the cease-fire Wednesday, at least 18 Palestinians have died and more than 200 have been wounded in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. More than a dozen Israelis have been wounded.
August 20, 2001 |
With public faith in his ability to restore peace plummeting, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon moved Sunday to shore up and expand his already top-heavy government, while his army bombarded Palestinian police posts three times in 24 hours. Palestinians said two people, including a 14-year-old boy throwing stones and a man skirting a roadblock to buy books, were shot dead by Israeli troops.
August 18, 2001 |
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon traveled to the Gaza Strip on Friday to visit with Israeli troops in the volatile region, while government forces and Palestinians clashed in a nearby part of Gaza. Sharon took a quick military tour of Gush Katif, a collection of Jewish settlements in the southern Gaza Strip, his office said. The settlements have come under frequent attack by Palestinian gunmen and from militants firing mortars.
August 16, 2001 |
Yasser Jawarish doesn't believe for a minute that Palestinian militiamen will forever hold their fire or that Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon will forever keep troops from marching into this Palestinian village. On this point, Israeli citizen Miri Eldad agrees. She lives across a narrow valley in the middle-class neighborhood of Gilo.
August 6, 2001 |
A Palestinian gunman drove into the heart of Tel Aviv at midday Sunday and shot into throngs of soldiers pouring out of the Defense Ministry on their way to lunch, injuring 10 people before he himself was shot and mortally wounded. The brazen attack on the nerve center of Israel's military establishment was quickly followed by a deadly Israeli helicopter missile strike against Amr Mansour Habiri, a 23-year-old militant with the Hamas Islamic movement.
August 4, 2001 |
The U.N. conceded Friday that it mishandled videotapes and reports related to the October kidnapping of three Israeli soldiers, after denying for months that the tapes existed and failing to pass on information that the soldiers might have been fatally injured. The kidnappers, members of the Islamic militant movement Hezbollah, apparently posed as U.N. peacekeepers to lure the Israeli soldiers into vehicles that had fake U.N. license plates and contained real U.N. uniforms, berets and insignia.
July 19, 2001 |
Enraged Palestinians buried their latest martyrs Wednesday as Israel said its deployment of more troops and tanks in the West Bank is not a prelude to invasion but a means of putting pressure on Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. Army checkpoints sprung up on West Bank roads controlled by Israel, and a cluster of seven newly positioned tanks could be seen at an army base in Gush Etzion, a block of Jewish settlements south of Jerusalem.
July 12, 2001 |
Israeli soldiers killed a Palestinian woman near a West Bank roadblock Wednesday, and police said they arrested a bomb-toting Palestinian in a northern Israeli town. In new violence, Israeli soldiers and Palestinians exchanged heavy fire in the West Bank, and Palestinians threw grenades at soldiers in the Gaza Strip, the Israeli army said. There were no reports of casualties.
July 8, 2001 |
Lebanon warned the United Nations on Saturday against showing Israel a videotape of the scene of a kidnapping last year of three Israeli soldiers by Hezbollah guerrillas. Lebanese President Emile Lahoud's office said showing the tape would relay "information from inside Lebanese territory to the Israeli enemy"--an act the statement called "a deviation" from the U.N. mission in Lebanon.
June 10, 2001 |
As if the Israeli military didn't have enough to worry about these days, a scandal is brewing in the offices of the army's weekly magazine. Senior officers ordered the Bamahane newsmagazine closed after a cover story showcased a now-retired gay colonel who had come out of the closet during his military service and went on to become an activist in the gay-rights movement. The shutdown is part of a tug of war over how the publication can best reflect the identity of Israel's fighting forces.