June 17, 1991 |
While leaders here and in Washington debate who is to blame for the failed effort to get Middle East peace talks started, the Israeli government is wasting little time in sketching out its plans for developing the contested West Bank and Gaza Strip.
May 14, 1991 |
Sabri Gharib's farm was once this village's jewel, 35 acres of grape vines, peaches, wheat, even a few rose bushes wrapped luxuriantly around the crown of a hill. Atop the hill stood Gharib's house, its windows open to a dizzying blue circle of sky. Then a creeping line of red-tile roofs began making its way up the hill, and occupants of the new Jewish settlement below claimed 25 acres of Gharib's farm for their new Givon Hadashah community.
May 12, 1991 |
Secretary of State James A. Baker III arrived in Syria on Saturday, determined to use the Gulf Cooperation Council's new willingness to talk peace with Israel as a lever to bring President Hafez Assad's regime to the negotiating table. Baker's line of argument, a senior Administration official said, will be to warn Assad that he faces renewed isolation in the Arab world if he permits an Arab-Israeli peace conference to go ahead without him.
May 7, 1991 |
Secretary of State James A. Baker III, wearily describing the Arab-Israeli dispute as "this most intractable of all problems and conflicts," said Monday that he will return to the Middle East late this week for another try at jump-starting the peace process.
April 24, 1991 |
Israel's government does not interpret Secretary of State James A. Baker III's objection to settlements on occupied lands as a call for a definite freeze, Israeli officials say. Instead, they describe Baker as softly urging Israel to desist temporarily, for tactical motives, to get peace talks under way. "We do not feel that he is saying stop forever. Rather, he is saying that . . .
April 16, 1991 |
Increasingly concerned that the postwar chance for Middle East peace may not last long, Secretary of State James A. Baker III leaves today for a trip to Israel, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Syria and probably Jordan, just four days after returning from his last visit to the region.
April 12, 1991 |
Israel punctuated remarks by Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir, who said that settlements have nothing to do with a new U.S.-led peace plan, by revealing Thursday the start of construction of its first new settlement on the occupied West Bank in two years. The announcement, made on Israeli television and by a right-wing member of Shamir's ruling coalition, came just a day after Secretary of State James A.
April 7, 1991 |
In the wake of a highly visible expansion of settlements on disputed land, Israel has quietly begun a new round of confiscations of Palestinian property, contending that it is needed for defense. The land takeovers came to light on the eve of a surprise visit by Secretary of State James A. Baker III to Israel and other Middle East countries to discuss ways to lay the groundwork for peace talks.
March 15, 1991 |
While Secretary of State James A. Baker III was in town this week urging Israel to give up land in exchange for peace with Palestinians and with Arab states, a little-publicized battle over the location of a Jewish cemetery illustrates how Israel has come to view its hold on the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip as permanent.
March 10, 1990 |
The government announced Friday that construction of 4,000 apartments for Jewish immigrants from the Soviet Union and other newcomers will begin next week. About 2,000 of the apartments will be in East Jerusalem, and Housing Minister David Levy, speaking to local officials in northern Israel, said the construction in that Arab quarter is a clear answer to U.S. policy questioning Israeli sovereignty over the area, Israel Radio reported. "It is not only our clear . . .