CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 26, 2000 |
As the Lebanese people have finally liberated themselves from more than two decades of Israeli occupation, most American commentators are reacting with only one concern: Will northern Israel be safe from attack? The focus on this misleading question is the result of a widespread acceptance of the official Israeli line that its 22-year rampage in southern Lebanon was in essence a futile quest for peace in a hostile region.
March 18, 2009 |
The split screen seemed to capture Israel's mood of frustration over its setbacks in recent years. On one side, television viewers saw the somber face of Ehud Olmert as he addressed them Tuesday evening for perhaps the last time as prime minister. His message: Marathon efforts to win the release of a captured soldier had failed. The other side showed the soldier's dejected parents as they listened from a tent outside Olmert's residence.
July 17, 1989 |
The unemployment rate in Israel has risen above 9%, the highest in more than 20 years, with more than 140,000 Israelis jobless, Israel Television said Sunday. Unemployment last year was 6.4%.
June 3, 1985
Security forces have arrested 13 members of a Palestinian guerrilla cell suspected of committing several killings with weapons bought from Israelis, Israel radio said. Cell members allegedly killed three Gaza residents they suspected of collaborating with Israel in 1984, including Abdul-Karim Kishta, the mayor of the Gaza town of Rafah. The Israeli military said it could not confirm the radio report.
March 19, 1991 |
Israeli and U.S. officials Monday rejected a reported offer by Yasser Arafat to participate in direct talks with the Jewish state, a proposal that appeared to mark a tactical retreat on the part of the PLO leader. "I accept talks with the Israelis in the presence of the five permanent members of the (U.N.) Security Council at the negotiating table because I want a guarantee, and I need the pressure of the five on Israel," Arafat was quoted in the Paris newspaper Le Figaro.
January 7, 2014 |
In its quest for an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement, the United States has pursued essentially the same objective over several administrations. So when Secretary of State John F. Kerry announced during his latest round of shuttle diplomacy that "we can achieve a permanent-status agreement that results in two states for two peoples if we stay focused," skepticism was understandable. Not just because the peace process has been so tragically unsuccessful over the last 15 years, but because even today, each side seems intent on thumbing its nose at the other.