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September 3, 2010 | By Yossi Klein Halevi
"The peace process is back," my friend said with bitter sarcasm, after four Israelis were killed in a terror attack just before Palestinian-Israeli negotiations got underway this week. The irony may have been lost on outsiders but not on Israelis. The Oslo peace process of the 1990s was accompanied by waves of attacks by Hamas jihadists, which Israelis believe were tacitly orchestrated by their negotiating partner at the time, Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat. Then, in September 2000, just as Israel accepted a Palestinian state and the re-division of Jerusalem, Arafat responded by launching a four-year terror war. But there is one crucial difference between this week's deadly terrorism and the terror assaults of those years.
June 16, 1989 | From Times wire services
The Israeli army demolished three houses today and sealed three others belonging to residents of the Israeli-occupied Gaza Strip, including those of Islamic Resistance Movement members allegedly involved in the murder of a suspected Palestinian collaborator.
June 4, 2001
Having just visited Palestine in April, I concur with all that Mustafa Barghouthi relates in his May 31 commentary, "Palestinians Won't Be Forced Out Again." There are 29 refugee camps in Israel where Palestinians live, 11,000 people in one square kilometer of land. The Jewish settlements are beautiful communities with green grass and swimming pools. The refugee camps have no grass and not enough water. They keep the keys to their homes and deeds to their land but are not allowed to even visit them.
April 5, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Israeli warplanes fired three missiles into the Gaza Strip compound of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in response to Palestinian rocket fire, the first such Israeli attack since the militant group Hamas took power last week. The attack did not appear aimed at Abbas. The site was scarcely occupied, and the Israeli army gave no explanation for hitting the security compound of the moderate leader, who was in the West Bank at the time.
January 8, 2002
According to "Pressure Is on Sharon to Negotiate" (news analysis, Jan. 3), Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's goal is to be rid of Yasser Arafat. It would be better for both Israel and Palestine to be rid of Sharon. He is the most militant, arrogant head of a country ever. I wonder, if people really knew how the Palestinians are treated by the Israeli Defense Forces, if they would still defend Israel. The IDF treats the Palestinians with contempt. My husband and I have seen it over and over.
October 18, 2007 | From the Associated Press
An opera by Richard Wagner -- whose music and anti-Semitic writings influenced Adolf Hitler -- will be performed by an orchestra made up of Israeli and Arab musicians and conducted by a Jew at an open-air theater built by the Nazis.
September 24, 1987 | Associated Press
Israelis celebrated the start of the Jewish New Year on Wednesday, with rabbis blowing the traditional ram's horn.
April 23, 2004 | From Reuters
An Israeli Arab taken hostage in Iraq on April 8 and accused of spying for Israel was released by his captors Thursday, his U.S.-based employer said. Research Triangle International Vice President Sally Johnson said employee Nabil George Razouk "is safe and sound." Dozens of foreigners have been abducted in Iraq in recent weeks and most have been released unharmed. One Italian hostage has been killed.
June 22, 1991 | Reuters
Most Israelis favor territorial concessions in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip, where Palestinians have been in revolt for 42 months, according to an opinion poll published Friday. But the poll by the independent Guttman Institute showed most Israelis would hold on to East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights, annexed by Israel after their capture along with the West Bank and Gaza Strip in the 1967 Middle East War.
January 2, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Eight Israelis and Palestinians left on an expedition to climb an unnamed, unconquered mountain in Antarctica, vowing to show they can work together under difficult conditions. The two yachts carrying the six men and two women of the "Breaking the Ice" expedition sailed from Puerto Williams, a Chilean naval base. "I think we are setting a very good example on how different people can live and cooperate together," leader Heskel Nathaniel said as the expedition sailed off in good weather.
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