October 20, 1988 |
The Palestinian Parliament will meet Nov. 12-14 in Algiers to declare an independent Palestinian state and a provisional government, the Palestine Liberation Organization announced today. PLO spokesman Ahmed Abdelrahman said the Palestine National Council meeting "will be a step forward . . . for the Palestinian side to achieve peace in the Middle East on the basis of self-determination and an independent state." Abdelrahman said PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat will head the session.
January 15, 1994 |
In the bloodiest day since Israel and the PLO signed their peace accord four months ago, five Palestinians and an Israeli were killed Friday in clashes in Israel's occupied territories. A nine-hour gun battle with soldiers in Hebron ended in the deaths of three prison escapees and a fourth man. One soldier was wounded. In the Gaza Strip, an Islamic militant stabbed an Israeli to death and seriously wounded another before being shot and killed.
November 21, 1988 |
Israel's 12th Parliament today opened on a fractious note as 15 leftist legislators refused to be sworn in by a lawmaker whose party calls for expelling Arabs from Israel. Yair Sprintzak, 77, of the right-wing Moledet (Homeland) Party, administered the oaths under a law that makes the oldest member of the Knesset, or Parliament, its acting Speaker until a permanent Speaker is chosen. A new Speaker was chosen after the swearing-in ceremony. He is Dov Shilansky of the rightist Likud Party.
December 21, 1987 |
Palestinians and Lebanese marched by the thousands through the streets of Sidon on Sunday, vowing to step up the fight against Israel to avenge the violent clampdown on Arabs in Israel's occupied territories. Shops, restaurants and other businesses closed as about 7,500 protesters, some waving Palestinian flags, marched and shouted: "We shall escalate armed struggle until we liberate Jerusalem and all other occupied Arab lands!"
January 14, 1988 |
The Syrian government Wednesday disputed accusations that it is manufacturing chemical weapons in the desert north of Damascus. A commentary broadcast by Damascus radio suggested that the accusations originated in Israel and were timed to divert international attention from the unrest in Israel's occupied territories.
November 2, 1986 |
The international Red Cross conference has ended on a conciliatory note, a week after the ouster of South Africa's government delegation prompted Western protests and warnings of grave consequences for the humanitarian movement. At the closing plenary session Friday, government and Red Cross delegates from almost 150 countries adopted by consensus a string of resolutions designed to improve observance of the Geneva Conventions in the world's 23 armed conflicts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 7, 1990 |
Saddam Hussein is not going to stride the Middle East like a colossus. In his crude aggression against Kuwait, he probably has bitten off more than he can chew, and it may cost him dearly. A variety of factors are working against him. Hussein is no longer beneficiary of the old superpower trade-offs that effectively hindered concerted international action in situations like this.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 1990 |
Did we win the war against terrorism? Our virtual obsession for so much of the '80s, terrorism aroused national alarm--Americans avoided Europe in the summer of 1986. It stirred deep anger--public opinion demanded retaliation and supported summary justice. It elicited bellicose warnings--"You can run but you can't hide." It provoked the use of American military power on several occasions--and defined the limits of that power.
March 8, 1988 |
A major escalation of Palestinian violence directed against Israeli targets in the past few days has left Western and Arab officials concerned that a new and coordinated campaign may have begun with the aim of wrecking the Middle East peace process recently revived by Secretary of State George P. Shultz.
December 9, 1988 |
For the first time in more than a decade, cautious U.S. interest in a new Middle East peace effort has been sparked after Palestine Liberation Organization chief Yasser Arafat accepted Israel's existence and renounced terrorism, American officials indicated Thursday. Israel has rejected outright Arafat's so-called Stockholm declaration, issued Wednesday after a meeting in the Swedish capital between Arafat and five prominent American Jews.