CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 16, 1988 |
When the United Nations voted to partition Palestine, the United States supported the two-state solution. Israel came into existence, but the Palestinian state never emerged. Arab opponents of partition viewed the creation of a Palestinian state as acceptance of Israel's existence. Today the situation is reversed. The Arab nations and the Palestinians call for an independent state in the West Bank and Gaza. Israel is opposed, citing the threat to its security, and the U.S.
February 8, 1999 |
King Hussein, whose death from cancer at age 63 was announced Sunday, survived more than four decades of turbulent Middle East history to become a pivotal figure in the search for peace. A lifelong champion of the Arab cause, the tenacious monarch of Jordan sent his troops into two wars with Israel against impossible odds yet in his last years became the Israelis' most trusted ally in the Arab world and a crucial mediator attempting to build a lasting peace.