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April 20, 2002 | DAVID LAMB, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Twenty years ago, Israel set out to rearrange the geopolitical balance in the region by invading Lebanon. The result--for Israel, the Palestinians, the United States and the peace process--was a catastrophe whose lessons should not be forgotten by either the warriors or the peacemakers in the current West Bank conflict. The circumstances of the two military adventures are eerily similar. So is the cast of characters, as well as the high stakes involved for Washington.
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April 20, 2002 | T. CHRISTIAN MILLER and MARY CURTIUS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Israeli troops finished their withdrawal from this West Bank town Friday, but encircled it with tanks, snipers and roadblocks as Palestinian residents continued digging through the rubble of an adjacent refugee camp for corpses. The Israeli army said it had completed its operations in the town and the camp, scenes of the bloodiest fighting in Israel's massive, three-week military sweep through Palestinian areas. No Israeli army forces could be seen in the streets Friday.
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April 14, 2002 | T. CHRISTIAN MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Razor wire curls around the nectarine and almond trees flowering in this tiny farming community a few yards from Israel's border with Lebanon. Farmers are buying guns. The children spend afternoons in bomb shelters. Bullet holes pockmark the local military base. And many families are thinking of leaving. "People are terrified now," said Haim Briton, 32, who heard shots whiz by his head last week as he tended his fruit trees growing along the border fence.
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April 14, 2002 | From Associated Press
The statement issued Saturday by Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat on the WAFA news agency, translated from Arabic: The Palestinian leadership and his excellency, President Arafat, express their deep condemnation for all terrorist activities, whether it is state terrorism, terrorism by a group or individual terrorism. This position comes from our steady principle that rejects using violence and terror against civilians as a way to achieve political goals.
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April 14, 2002 | DOYLE McMANUS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In December 1998, shortly before he decided to run for president, then-Gov. George W. Bush made a three-day visit to Israel and came home with two indelible memories. One was of standing on the hill in the Galilee where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount, and reciting the words to "Amazing Grace." The other was of a helicopter tour over Israel's narrow 1967 boundaries and the occupied West Bank--a tour conducted personally by then-Foreign Minister Ariel Sharon.
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April 9, 2002 | ROBIN WRIGHT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an ominous reflection of growing Arab anger at the United States, Secretary of State Colin L. Powell was greeted on the first leg of his high-stakes Mideast mission Monday with a testy challenge about the Bush administration's priorities and new demands before the Arab world will aid the peace effort.
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April 9, 2002 | WILLIAM ORME, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The U.S. said it would block an Arab attempt to get the Security Council to pass its fourth resolution on the Middle East crisis in four weeks, arguing in a protracted debate here Monday that further U.N. action could undermine Secretary of State Colin L. Powell's cease-fire mission. Nasser Kidwa, the Palestinian representative to the U.N.
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April 9, 2002 | TRACY WILKINSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, in his strongest defiance yet of Washington, vowed Monday to press ahead with a massive military offensive in the West Bank. As if to underscore the point, Israeli combat helicopters pummeled a refugee camp and ground forces took hundreds of Palestinians prisoner. Sharon ignored demands from President Bush and other world leaders to end Israel's invasion of Palestinian cities and instead expanded the deployment of tanks throughout the West Bank countryside.
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April 8, 2002 | From Reuters
Pope John Paul II, leading world prayers for peace in the Middle East, urged Palestinians and Israelis on Sunday to free themselves from the "thirst for vendetta" and return to the negotiating table. The pope made his appeal as details emerged of a proposal by Vatican diplomats in the Holy Land to end a standoff at Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity, revered as Jesus' birthplace.
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April 8, 2002 | From Associated Press
Hundreds of demonstrators divided over the Middle East conflict battled in Paris on Sunday during a march against anti-Semitism, attacking journalists and stabbing a police officer before authorities dispersed them with tear gas. The clash at the historic Place de la Bastille occurred on the sidelines of a march by 50,000 people protesting a wave of attacks on Jewish schools, cemeteries and synagogues in France amid escalating violence in the Middle East.
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