August 9, 2001 |
A Palestinian suicide bomber struck an Israeli army checkpoint Wednesday, killing himself and injuring a soldier, and Israeli helicopters twice hit Palestinian police posts in the West Bank in retaliatory strikes for other incidents. Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, on a one-day visit to Turkey, said there would be no negotiations with the Palestinians until all violence stops, adding that Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat would have to play a major role in restoring calm.
June 29, 2001 |
Flying to the Middle East earlier this week, Secretary of State Colin L. Powell said progress in the volatile region must be measured by inches. On Thursday, after meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat, he found out just how difficult those inches can be.
June 14, 2001 |
A tenuous U.S.-brokered cease-fire agreement between Israel and the Palestinians was greeted Wednesday with no celebration and much suspicion. U.S. officials were waiting to see whether the two sides begin to enact the truce, which aims to end fighting that has claimed nearly 600 lives and to eventually revive peace talks.
February 19, 2001 |
A U.N. human rights team said it had ended its investigation of the Palestinian uprising against Israel. The team is to present its report to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights in March. Israel refused to cooperate to protest the language of a U.N. resolution that condemned it for "war crimes and crimes against humanity" related to its handling of the uprising. The U.N.
February 9, 2001 |
Israeli Prime Minister-elect Ariel Sharon confronted challenges on political and security fronts Thursday, scarcely 48 hours after his crushing electoral victory. Two blasts from an explosives-rigged car in an ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighborhood in central Jerusalem narrowly missed dozens of yeshiva students when the devices exploded on a narrow, cramped street in the late afternoon. The explosions slightly injured one person, but huge crowds of religious Jews gathered to chant "Death to Arabs!"
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.
April 12, 2001 |
Israel on Wednesday plunged deep into Palestinian-controlled territory for the first time in six months of strife, charging into a refugee camp here with tanks and bulldozers in a raid that exploded into some of the most intense fighting since the Palestinian uprising began.
April 7, 2001 |
Israeli special forces entered a Palestinian area in the West Bank on Friday night and seized two local militia leaders, Palestinian officials said. The two were arrested in the neighborhood of Um Sharayat, on the outskirts of Ramallah, which lies within the region labeled "Area A" in interim peace deals, meaning that it is under exclusive Palestinian control. "We condemn this gross violation of Palestinian sovereignty," said Col.
April 27, 2001 |
Thousands of Palestinians flocked Thursday to the funeral of four fighters killed by an explosion in the southern Gaza Strip. Angry mourners marched through the town of Rafah on the border with Egypt, vowing to pursue the struggle to end Israel's 34-year occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. Dozens of masked gunmen fired rifles in the air as Palestinians carried the bodies, covered with white sheets because of mutilation from the explosion.
April 22, 2001 |
Ibrahim abu Khater, a Gazan chicken farmer, and Eli Moyal, the mayor of the Israeli town of Sderot, live about a mile apart, separated by an electronic fence and an ocean of hatred. Last week, Israeli-Palestinian violence that has raged unabated for nearly seven months got personal for both men. On Monday evening, as Moyal sipped coffee on the porch of his suburban home, a mortar shell fired by Palestinians from the outskirts of Beit Hanoun slammed into the ground 100 yards from his gate.