May 13, 1995 |
Standing on a hilltop in the Palestinian village of Beit Safafa, Mohammed Jadallah surveyed the surrounding landscape with disgust. "I call them the concrete castles," Jadallah said of the densely built Jewish neighborhoods that now virtually encircle Beit Safafa. "They leave us no air to breathe." Jadallah spoke as he stood on a piece of land owned by his family for generations.
February 23, 1996 |
At the start of an already heated national election campaign, an Israeli newspaper Thursday poured fuel on the political fire, reporting that a government minister and Palestinian officials have secretly drafted a proposal to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in which they call for a Palestinian state.
January 12, 1996 |
Anis al Qaq, fresh-faced candidate for the Palestinian self-governing authority, listened empathetically Thursday to the frustrated would-be voter who buttonholed him during a campaign walkabout. "I don't know where to vote," the shopkeeper in the walled Old City complained. "I don't know where to vote either," Qaq admitted before rushing on to shake more hands.
August 5, 1994 |
This holy city--always the emotional heart of the Arab-Israeli conflict--has become the setting for a recent, elaborate, high-stakes cat-and-mouse game between Israelis and Palestinians. Palestinian officials are playing the mice, scurrying in and out of Jerusalem, trying to force the Israelis to put discussions of sovereignty on the table. The Israelis are the increasingly frustrated, angry cats.
February 11, 2005 |
We all saw the photograph: a handshake between Mahmoud Abbas and Ariel Sharon. We heard the happy interviews: Palestinians and Israelis, contemplating peace. But the optimism generated by new Palestinian leadership, the talk of Israeli army redeployments, the summit and even the truce amounts to little more than false hope.
May 14, 2000 |
As the emotional heart of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, Jerusalem offers a critical challenge to negotiators. Yet the Holy City will become an even more difficult issue to tackle if hard-line Israeli opponents to the peace process succeed in their current campaign to extend the functional borders of Jerusalem to three West Bank Arab villages: Abu Dis, Azariya and Suwahare.