September 8, 1991 |
A group of American, Israeli and Soviet Jews occupied the giant Lenin Library on Saturday, demanding the release of thousands of manuscripts they say were seized from their sect's founding father 70 years ago. But the head of the country's biggest library said he could not hand over the Hasidic books, as this might set a precedent for other pretenders to the state's vast cultural archives.
September 7, 1991 |
In an extraordinary challenge to Israel and its American supporters, President Bush on Friday urged Congress to "give peace a chance" by putting aside until the end of the year an Israeli request for $10 billion in housing loan guarantees. The blunt demand for delay rebuffed Israel's plea for more rapid action and set off immediate explosions in Jerusalem and on Capitol Hill. Israel wants the money to build houses for an influx of Jewish immigrants from the Soviet Union.
August 25, 1991 |
After waiting through three anxious days of political turmoil in the Soviet Union, a family of Jewish immigrants arrived at John Wayne Airport on Saturday for an emotional reunion with relatives from El Toro. "They were worried that they might not be allowed to leave the country," said Ari Khagi, 29, a local engineer who greeted his maternal grandparents and aunt and uncle at the airport.
August 22, 1991 |
Galina Rubinstein, a new immigrant from the Soviet Union, nursed both a cup of tea and confusion about the fate of friends and family in the Soviet Union, which until a few months ago was her homeland. She came in May with a young daughter to flee the kind of national upheaval that at the time was still a whisper and that turned into a coup d'etat that came close to toppling President Mikhail S. Gorbachev.
July 23, 1991 |
While avoiding a direct linkage of U.S. aid for Israel to the Israelis' acceptance of the Bush Administration's Middle East peace efforts, President Bush's national security adviser on Monday established that the two are tied to each other. The comments by the official, Brent Scowcroft, national security adviser, represented a clear warning to Israel that by balking at participation in a peace conference, it is putting at risk $10 billion in U.S.
June 30, 1991 |
In preparing to resist the Bush Administration's threat to oppose expansion of Israeli settlements in the West Bank and Gaza Strip by limiting aid for immigrant housing, Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir's government is raising the issue of a built-in U.S. obligation to help the program that brings Jews here from all over the world.
June 23, 1991 |
Israel's ambassador to Washington said the Jewish state must choose between U.S. aid to absorb a wave of Soviet immigrants or more settlements in the occupied territories. Ambassador Zalman Shoval said the continued building of settlements--which the United States has condemned as an obstacle to Mideast peace--has made Israel's efforts to obtain $10 billion in guaranteed housing loans difficult.
June 4, 1991 |
President Bush on Monday took the first in a planned series of steps to extend aid to the Soviet Union's economic reform program as Administration officials tried to clear away obstacles to a possible summit meeting in Moscow later this month. Bush's first step was symbolically large but limited in practical impact--waiving for another year the restrictions of the so-called Jackson-Vanik Amendment that bars the Soviets from participating in U.S. export subsidy programs.
May 11, 1991 |
Soviet Foreign Minister Alexander A. Bessmertnykh, in a historic visit to Israel, said Friday that the prospects for peace in the Middle East are "quite substantial" and indicated that Moscow would not attempt to pressure Israel by limiting the emigration of Soviet Jews.