September 14, 1999 |
With a self-imposed one-year deadline for ending decades of conflict, Israel and the Palestinian Authority on Monday opened negotiations on the last and most difficult issues blocking a definitive peace.
March 27, 2000 |
Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat arrived in Berlin on Sunday at the start of a two-day visit to discuss relations between Germany and the Palestinians. Police said Arafat was taken to his hotel after arriving at the airport here. The Palestinian leader is scheduled to meet today with German President Johannes Rau, Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, Finance Minister Hans Eichel and the speaker of the German parliament, Wolfgang Thierse.
February 16, 1988 |
Secretary of State George P. Shultz today said the United States will try to restart Middle East peace talks by stressing issues but will not "stake out positions." Shultz said the emphasis on a forum in which talks would occur has stalled efforts to bring both sides together for discussions. "It has been, I think, somewhat sterile," Shultz said after meeting privately with the AFL-CIO executive council. "There is a need to talk more about substantive issues rather than the process."
October 23, 1991 |
Palestinian leader Faisal Husseini on Tuesday announced the 14-member Palestinian delegation for next week's Middle East peace talks after a day of debate over last-minute changes. The Palestinians also named a seven-member advisory committee that includes Palestinians from East Jerusalem and from outside the Israeli-occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip. Israel has said it doesn't want Palestinians from these areas on the formal delegation.
April 28, 1993 |
Arab and Israeli delegations reopened peace talks Tuesday after a four-month break during which the delicate process was nearly scuttled by an upsurge of bloody violence in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip. Secretary of State Warren Christopher urged the negotiators to keep the talks going as a way of demonstrating their determination to settle the dispute, thereby preventing militant forces on both sides from taking advantage of any lull and trying to destroy the peace process.
January 13, 2001 |
Clutching his 2-year-old son, Rami Hussein paced the parking lot in hopeful silence as the last bus from Jordan pulled into the Jericho station Friday afternoon. As the last of the 40 passengers filed off and collected their luggage, Hussein's spirits sank as low as the elevation here--850 feet below sea level. His wife and 12-year-old daughter were not aboard.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 8, 1993
President Clinton is using a time-tested method to reassert the importance that Washington attaches to the Middle East peace talks, which were suspended after Israel expelled 400 Palestinian radicals to Lebanon Dec. 17. Next week he plans to send Secretary of State Warren Christopher to Egypt, Israel, Jordan and Syria to assess the prospects of restarting the talks at an early date--April is being mentioned--and, no doubt, to urge greater political flexibility on all sides.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 2, 1993
Concerned over continuing deadlock in the Middle East peace talks and sensing that the time for making progress may be running out, the United States has begun to shift its role from sponsor of the process to active mediator.
July 16, 1985 |
"Time," said Elias Freij, the mayor of Bethlehem, "is our greatest enemy. "With every passing day, the Israelis are digging in," the 66-year-old Palestinian said. "While Arabs are chatting, Israeli bulldozers are working, building settlements." Surveying the sun-bleached hills of the Holy Land from the steps of his office, Freij sounds almost desperate in his desire to see talks open between the Arabs and Israel.
January 23, 1992 |
Israeli Foreign Minister David Levy arrived here Wednesday on a visit that is expected to establish Sino-Israeli diplomatic ties and thereby open the door for China to attend Middle East peace talks. On arrival at Beijing airport, Levy said he was "very pleased" to be in China and that he expected his talks to "advance cooperation between the two nations of China and Israel." "It is a moment we have awaited for a long time," Levy said.