May 22, 2007 |
At least four more Palestinians and an Israeli woman were killed in fresh attacks by both sides, and a senior Israeli Cabinet minister said Hamas leaders involved in rocket fire could be targeted. The woman's death in the town of Sderot marked the first fatality in a Palestinian rocket attack since November. An Israeli airstrike killed at least four members of Islamic Jihad.
July 4, 2005 |
Israel's Cabinet on Sunday soundly defeated an attempt to delay the planned Gaza Strip withdrawal by three months. The 18-3 decision was the first of two planned votes this week on proposals to postpone the pullout, scheduled to start next month. The Knesset, the Israeli parliament, is expected Wednesday to defeat a separate measure seeking a delay.
May 30, 2005 |
Israel agreed Sunday to free the last 400 of 900 Palestinian prisoners whose release Prime Minister Ariel Sharon promised during a February summit in Egypt. The Cabinet approved the move, which had been delayed for weeks, in an 18-3 vote. Sharon told ministers that freeing the prisoners would help shore up Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, whose calls for an end to violence against Israel won praise from President Bush during the Palestinian leader's visit to Washington last week.
May 3, 2005 |
Natan Sharansky, the onetime symbol of oppressed Soviet Jewry, quit his Cabinet post Monday to protest Israel's planned withdrawal from the Gaza Strip this summer. Sharansky, whose views on promoting democracy have won praise from President Bush, said Israel should relinquish Gaza only if the Palestinian government first carries out a wide range of reforms.
October 11, 2004 |
Israel formally abandoned hope Sunday evening of finding any survivors of last week's massive bomb attack on a Red Sea resort in Taba, just across the border in Egypt, which left about three dozen people dead. After three days of searching the ruins of the seaside complex, Israeli soldiers and volunteer medics packed up their equipment and the scraper-type devices used to comb for human remains at the scenes of countless suicide bombings inside Israel.
July 15, 2002 |
Backtracking on an emotional issue, the Israeli Cabinet on Sunday set aside a bill it had endorsed just last week that would allow Arab citizens of Israel to be barred from buying homes or land in many Jewish communities. The proposal sparked a firestorm of criticism after Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's government voted to back it during a closed session a week ago.