December 19, 1996 |
Palestinians have arrested and convicted three men in a highway ambush that killed an Israeli woman and her son in the West Bank last week, a Palestinian official said Wednesday. Abdel Nasser Kaasi and Ibrahim Massad received life sentences in the speedy trial, and driver Ibrahim Alqam got a 15-year sentence, according to Jibril Rajoub, the top Palestinian security official in the West Bank. Last week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu demanded that anyone arrested in the Dec.
December 15, 1996 |
An Israeli Cabinet minister on Saturday announced his opposition to the government's controversial decision to increase economic aid to Jewish settlements in the West Bank, saying he believes the army would be unable to give adequate protection to settlements built near Arab population centers.
December 14, 1996 |
In response to the killing of a Jewish settler and her son, the Israeli government on Friday renewed its claim to the occupied West Bank, declaring the Jewish communities there a "national priority" and offering economic aid to strengthen them. The Cabinet decision--a shift by the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to a more aggressive settlement policy--was denounced by Palestinians, Israeli peace activists and the political opposition as an invitation to bloodshed.
December 13, 1996 |
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised Jewish settlers as "heroes" and promised to strengthen settlements Thursday at the funeral of a woman and her son, who were killed in a drive-by shooting. The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a Syrian-based Palestinian group opposed to the Israel-Palestinian peace agreements, claimed responsibility for the Wednesday shootings and linked them to Israel's settlement policies.
December 12, 1996 |
Gunmen opened fire on an Israeli family traveling near this Arab village at twilight Wednesday, killing a woman and a 12-year-old boy and injuring five others. The victims, members of the same family, were residents of the nearby Jewish settlement of Beit El, settlement and security officials said. Three children were among the injured.
October 30, 1996 |
The Middle East peace process continued to fray Tuesday as Israeli soldiers and Palestinian youths clashed after the funeral of an 11-year-old Arab boy allegedly beaten to death by a Jewish settler. Several thousand mourners marched in the funeral procession of Hilmi Shoushain this hillside village near Bethlehem, bearing black flags and placards calling for the "Nazis" and "criminal settlers" to get out of the predominantly Palestinian West Bank.
July 27, 1996 |
Reacting to the first lethal terrorist attack in Israel since he assumed power last month, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his government took a hard line Friday, hinting that Israel might have to go into Palestinian-controlled areas to hunt down the attackers. "There will be absolutely no compromise in the war against terrorism and no restrictions on our security forces," the government said in a statement late Friday after an overnight drive-by shooting that left two Israelis dead.
July 26, 1996 |
The Israeli government closed the West Bank after gunmen opened fire on a car near a farming settlement, killing two Israelis and critically wounding a third. Authorities were treating the shootings, which took place near the border with the West Bank, as a possible terrorist attack. A man and his daughter-in-law were killed, the slain man's son was critically wounded, and the slain man's wife was not hit, Israel Radio said.
June 11, 1996 |
Thousands of Jewish settlers wearing skullcaps and side arms on Monday mourned the killing of a young Israeli couple by suspected Palestinian terrorists--in a poignant reminder that Prime Minister-elect Benjamin Netanyahu's tough campaign talk has not changed reality. Their bodies wrapped snugly in Israeli flags, Yaron and Efrat Unger were buried next to fellow Jewish casualties in the long Israeli-Palestinian battle over West Bank land.
January 17, 1996 |
Two Israeli soldiers were killed north of Hebron, the only major Palestinian area in the West Bank still under Israeli control. Sgt. Yamit Shimel, 20, and an unidentified officer--reportedly an army doctor--were killed as they drove in a military vehicle from Jerusalem to Hebron by gunmen in a passing car, according to an army statement. Army Radio said an anonymous call claimed that the attack was in revenge for the Jan. 5 killing of Islamic militant bomb-maker Yehiya Ayash.