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 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 23, 2001 |
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon directed his defense minister Tuesday to cease fire in Israel's eight-month confrontation with the Palestinians, hours after telling the nation that it is up to the Palestinians to stop shooting first. Defense Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer issued a statement shortly before midnight in Israel saying he had ordered the army "to cease fire and to follow regulations for opening fire that are activated when lives are endangered."
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.