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.
May 8, 2001 |
The Israeli navy said Monday that it had captured a boat loaded with long-range weaponry destined for Palestinian fighters. The announcement of the confiscations came hours after a Palestinian baby was killed and two dozen civilians were wounded in heavy Israeli shelling of a refugee camp.
May 6, 2001 |
A Palestinian militant was shot to death Saturday in front of his 2-year-old niece, who was injured, and Palestinians blamed Israel for the killing. In another West Bank community, Jericho, Israeli soldiers rocketed a Palestinian police base, injuring 17 people. An explosion this morning in a rubbish bin rocked the Tel Aviv suburb of Petah Tikva, slightly wounding one person, police said.
May 3, 2001 |
Israeli bulldozers and tanks rumbled into a Palestinian refugee camp in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, demolishing 20 houses and launching a predawn firefight that killed a teenager. The Israeli army said troops moved in to destroy buildings at the camp in Rafah that Palestinian gunmen had used as cover to fire at soldiers and as bases for planting roadside bombs.
April 21, 2001 |
Col. Ariel Heimann has always regarded the annual reserve duty he has served in Israel's army as an honor. In 25 years as a reservist, he has fought in two wars and against two Palestinian revolts, never receiving more than minimum wage as compensation.
April 19, 2001 |
Politicians and soldiers in Israel turned on each other Wednesday in a war of words over who was to blame for the army's hasty withdrawal from newly reoccupied Palestinian land--an about-face that many here said made the country appear confused and too easily swayed by U.S. opinion. Israeli troops on Tuesday seized a sliver of the Gaza Strip ceded to the Palestinians seven years ago.