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August 27, 1990 | WILLIAM TUOHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As Palestinian refugees from Kuwait and Iraq streamed westward across the Jordan River on Sunday, a senior Israeli government official promised to expedite the flow of those returning to the West Bank from the Persian Gulf crisis area. Shmuel Goren, occupied territories coordinator, paid a visit to this historic crossing place between Jordan and the West Bank and declared that Israel would "obviously help" any foreign citizens wishing to pass this way.
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February 7, 2014 | By Maher Abukhater
RAMALLAH, West Bank - The Israeli military on Friday evicted Palestinian activists from a camp they set up a week ago in the Jordan River valley in an attempt to challenge any Israeli plan to maintain a presence in the area under a future peace accord. The activists, from the Popular Struggle Coordination Committee, were encamped at Ein Hijleh, a village abandoned after Israel occupied the West Bank in 1967. The land, in an area east of Jericho, is owned by a local monastery. Israeli officials have suggested, to the angry objection of Palestinians, that any peace agreement allow their nation to maintain a troop presence in the West Bank along the border with Jordan.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 2, 1994 | From Associated Press
When it came time for Christine Murphy to be baptized, the eastern Kentucky woman went to the creek like her ancestors did. "You just feel like you're more closer to God in the creek than you would inside" a church, said the 21-year-old Pike County woman, who was dunked last month in the waters of Johns Creek. "It's just like being in a bathtub in the other place." But if cleanliness is truly next to godliness, a lot of pastors say the creek is not the place to go anymore.
WORLD
January 24, 2013 | By Ned Parker, Los Angeles Times
AMMAN, Jordan - The king of Tafayla had just been elected to the parliament. He strode through the neighborhood in the Jordanian capital Thursday, dressed in a black tracksuit and wearing a 5 o'clock shadow, his hair matted down. A henchman fired a handgun into the air in celebration as supporters shambled down an alley on their victory parade. There was, however, one group of men who heard the commotion from their dim clubhouse but opted to stay inside, stewing over black coffee and smoking Rothmans and Kents.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 6, 1998 | Religion News Service
The Jordan River site where many believe Jesus was baptized may reopen to the public after being off-limits for more than 30 years. An Israeli newspaper said Monday that Israel's tourism minister hopes to reopen the site to visitors by 2000, when large numbers of Christians are expected to visit the Holy Land. The biblical Gospel of Mark refers to Jesus being baptized by John the Baptist in the Jordan River.
NEWS
June 26, 1986
Syria is planning a limited war with Israel later this year to regain the disputed Golan Heights and is seeking military support from its Arab neighbors, according to an article in the latest edition of Jane's Defense Weekly. This week's edition of the magazine quoted unidentified "moderate Arab sources" as saying that Syrian government and military officials have visited several Arab countries, including Libya and Jordan, in recent weeks to brief their leaders on the war plan.
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September 24, 2006 | Ramit Plushnick-Masti, Associated Press Writer
Wading into the Jordan River, the pastor blessed his flock, tapping the believers on the head before sending them into the hallowed waters to be baptized. The faithful wet their faces and arms, shouting "amen" and "hallelujah" after each baptism -- unaware that just downstream, raw sewage was flowing into the water. That's the split personality of one of the world's most sacred rivers. Small sections of the Jordan's upper portion, near the Sea of Galilee, have been kept pristine for baptisms.
WORLD
May 9, 2009 | Jeffrey Fleishman
Pope Benedict XVI, arriving Friday in Amman on the first leg of a Middle East pilgrimage, expressed a "deep respect for the Muslim community" to King Abdullah II, who greeted him at the airport. Benedict, who has drawn criticism in the Arab world for previous remarks about Islam, was given a red-carpet welcome in Amman. He praised the Jordanian king for "promoting a better understanding of the virtues proclaimed by Islam."
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January 11, 1991 | WILLIAM TUOHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Senior Israeli military officers said Thursday that the nation's armed forces are in a "stepped-up" state of alert, and they noted that the Jordanian army also appears to have accelerated its activity. The quicker military pace came a day after the failure of the U.S.-Iraqi talks in Geneva to reach any accord on how to avert a military clash in the Persian Gulf. After those talks, Iraqi Foreign Minister Tarik Aziz warned that if war breaks out in the gulf, Iraq will strike Israel.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 6, 1990
After all the media Israel-bashing lately, it was gratifying to read Rubin's article presenting a more realistic view of the Middle East problems. Our Bush-Baker policy is so self-defeating and foolish, in addition to again emphasizing the double standard we seem to apply only to Israel. The U.S demanded that the PLO stop using terrorism before we would negotiate with it. Therefore, we can't recognize any of its terrorist acts, obvious as they are, or we'd have to abandon our peace-process policy.
OPINION
May 13, 2012
Re "Is a two-state solution dead?," Editorial, May 9 The Times' editorial advocating a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians focuses on Israel. The current Israeli government supports a viable two-state solution, which is not the case on the Palestinian side. Hamas in the Gaza Strip has no intention of accepting Israel. The "moderate" Palestinian Authority distributes maps that do not show Israel as a country, instead showing only Palestine from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea. Until the Palestinians are willing to accept Israel as a Jewish state, peace talks are useless.
NEWS
July 5, 2009 | Joseph Marks
Eli Raz was peering into a narrow hole in the Dead Sea shore when the earth opened up and swallowed him. Fearing he would never be found alive in the 30 foot-deep pit, he scribbled his will on an old postcard. After 14 hours, a search party pulled him from the hole unhurt, and five years later the 69-year-old geologist is working to save others from a similar fate, leading an effort to map the sinkholes that are spreading on the banks of the fabled saltwater lake. These underground craters can open up in an instant, sucking in whatever lies above and leaving the surrounding area looking like an earthquake zone.
WORLD
May 9, 2009 | Jeffrey Fleishman
Pope Benedict XVI, arriving Friday in Amman on the first leg of a Middle East pilgrimage, expressed a "deep respect for the Muslim community" to King Abdullah II, who greeted him at the airport. Benedict, who has drawn criticism in the Arab world for previous remarks about Islam, was given a red-carpet welcome in Amman. He praised the Jordanian king for "promoting a better understanding of the virtues proclaimed by Islam."
NEWS
September 24, 2006 | Ramit Plushnick-Masti, Associated Press Writer
Wading into the Jordan River, the pastor blessed his flock, tapping the believers on the head before sending them into the hallowed waters to be baptized. The faithful wet their faces and arms, shouting "amen" and "hallelujah" after each baptism -- unaware that just downstream, raw sewage was flowing into the water. That's the split personality of one of the world's most sacred rivers. Small sections of the Jordan's upper portion, near the Sea of Galilee, have been kept pristine for baptisms.
NEWS
December 8, 2001 | MARY CURTIUS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Effie Crassac, a tour guide by profession, recently took on a new job: cheerleader for the remaining residents of her withering settlement in the Israeli-occupied Jordan Valley. The regional government hired the tiny, intense Crassac to plan get-togethers and outings to lift her neighbors' spirits. The 26-year-old is upbeat about a visit she has planned to a Jerusalem restaurant.
NEWS
March 22, 2000 | RICHARD BOUDREAUX and REBECCA TROUNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Pope John Paul II began the first official papal visit to Israel on Tuesday after sidestepping a new Holy Land dispute as seemingly intractable as the ancient religious and political conflicts he faces this week as a guest of both the Israeli and Palestinian leaderships. The pontiff came to a spring by the Jordan River that is at the heart of a modern-day debate about something as old as Christianity itself: Where exactly was Jesus baptized?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 1988 | Compiled From Times staff and wire service reports
Archeologists say they have settled a centuries-old debate over the location of Bethsaida, the third-most mentioned place name in the New Testament Gospels after Jerusalem and Capernaum. "There is no doubt now that this is Bethsaida," said archeologist Rami Arav of the Golan Research Institute, who headed the excavation last April. Et Tell, in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights, is a small mound just north of where the Jordan River empties into the Sea of Galilee.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 29, 1999 | MARSHALL J. BREGER and STEVEN L. SPIEGEL, Marshall J. Breger is a professor of law at the Columbus School of Law, Catholic University of America. Steven L. Spiegel is a professor of political science at UCLA
Now that the 40-day Islamic mourning period for Jordan's King Hussein is over, it is time to reassess the Jordanian-Israeli relationship, so critical to Mideast peace. Unfortunately, the new king has been greeted by unsettling developments.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 6, 1998 | Religion News Service
The Jordan River site where many believe Jesus was baptized may reopen to the public after being off-limits for more than 30 years. An Israeli newspaper said Monday that Israel's tourism minister hopes to reopen the site to visitors by 2000, when large numbers of Christians are expected to visit the Holy Land. The biblical Gospel of Mark refers to Jesus being baptized by John the Baptist in the Jordan River.
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