September 11, 1997 |
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday rebuffed Secretary of State Madeleine Albright's appeal to ease economic restrictions on the West Bank and Gaza Strip to encourage the Palestinian Authority to crack down on terrorism. "As long as the Palestinian Authority doesn't make a vigorous effort to fight terrorism and dismantle their infrastructure, we will not go very far," Netanyahu told a news conference with Albright at his side after almost two hours of meetings.
August 12, 1994 |
Israel gave a Palestinian official permission to visit Jerusalem, the city claimed by both sides as their capital. Israel signed a peace agreement with the Palestine Liberation Organization in May but wouldn't let its officials visit the disputed city. Nabil Shaath, minister of planning in the Palestinian Authority running the Gaza Strip and West Bank town of Jericho, will be allowed to visit Jerusalem's Muslim shrines, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin's office announced.
April 8, 1994 |
A Palestinian extremist, armed with a submachine gun, fired on Israeli civilians and soldiers in a drive-by attack in the Israeli port city of Ashdod on Thursday, killing one person and wounding four. The incident occurred even as the armed wing of a Palestinian fundamentalist group announced a campaign of terror, which it said would turn Israel and the occupied territories into a war zone in the next seven days.
April 1, 1991 |
Israel's government Sunday imposed new restrictions on travel by Palestinians into Israel, pledged to accelerate deportation of nationalist activists and affirmed a policy of demolishing houses belonging to armed assailants as part of a campaign to put an end to assaults on Israelis. Expulsions and house demolitions have long been opposed by Washington.
December 18, 1990 |
Police barred thousands of Palestinians from entering Jerusalem on Monday and sent hundreds of flak-jacketed officers into the walled Old City to prevent clashes caused by heightened Arab-Israeli tensions. Officials also denied a request by Jewish extremists to enter Jerusalem's Temple Mount, site of the ancient Jewish Second Temple. Two historic mosques now stand on the site, and Muslims call it the Noble Sanctuary.
October 28, 1990 |
Israeli authorities announced Saturday that they are lifting their ban today on entry by Palestinians from the occupied lands, but they said there will be new security restrictions. More than 1.7 million Palestinians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip have been confined to the territories since Wednesday, following a wave of Arab-Jewish street violence that left five people dead and 11 injured. The upsurge in the 34-month-old Palestinian uprising broke out after the Oct.