September 14, 2003 |
Ten years after the signing of the historic Oslo peace accords whose goals were never achieved, Yasser Arafat said Saturday that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is at its most difficult point since then and urged Israel to return to negotiations despite its threat to exile him. Supporters filled the compound of the Palestinian Authority president Saturday to rally around their leader. They included more than 2,000 schoolchildren, accompanied by thousands of adults.
September 9, 2003
Though it would have been the height of folly to believe that the Israelis and Palestinians would follow the U.S.-backed "road map" to peace in swift, easy fashion, the process is in tatters now and the region threatens to spiral into greater violence.
January 19, 1998 |
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet President Clinton in Washington on Tuesday without a government decision on how much of the occupied West Bank Israel would be willing to hand over to the Palestinians in another troop redeployment. The Israeli Cabinet voted Sunday to postpone a decision on the scope of a pullback until Netanyahu's return, hoping to give the prime minister maximum flexibility in his negotiations with Clinton.
November 16, 1998 |
Lest anyone think the Israeli-Palestinian peace process was back on track, a new skirmish flared Sunday over Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat's repetition of a vow to declare an independent state in May. And this time, Arafat was reported to have said that Palestinian "guns are ready" to defend the new state, even as he appealed to Israelis to accept Palestinian independence as "a bridge for love and peace." The Israeli government--which itself repeatedly delayed approval of a U.S.
December 23, 2009
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton fumbled in Jerusalem last month when she hailed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's decision to temporarily freeze West Bank settlement construction as "unprecedented," thereby suggesting it was somehow optimal. The 10-month freeze is far from ideal, because it allows completion of nearly 3,000 housing units and 28 public buildings already underway in the West Bank, and it doesn't include development in contested East Jerusalem. Still, it is important to acknowledge that this is is an unprecedented step for the right-wing Netanyahu, who has built a career out of opposing concessions to the Palestinians or negotiations for a separate state.
April 4, 2002 |
Israel controlled almost every major Palestinian city in the West Bank today after troops and armor shot their way into Nablus, a seething militant stronghold. Twelve Palestinians and one Israeli soldier were killed Wednesday in operations across the West Bank. A day after one of Christianity's holiest sites became a battlefield, columns of tanks rolled into Nablus and were headed toward the volatile Balata refugee camp, where heavy shooting was reported, witnesses said.
April 26, 2008 |
A Palestinian gunman killed two security guards Friday at an Israeli industrial park that employs Palestinian workers and whose name means "buds of peace." Two militant groups claimed joint responsibility for the attack along Israel's border with the West Bank. They said the gunman, who escaped slightly wounded, had reached the complex from the Palestinian territory. Fatal attacks in Israel have become rare.
November 3, 2008 |
Israel's top domestic security official reportedly warned Sunday that radical Jewish settlers might target Israeli leaders for assassination in order to scuttle any peace proposal that involves ceding occupied West Bank land to the Palestinians.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 15, 2002 |
Calling terrorism the "dark side" of globalization, former President Bill Clinton on Monday urged Americans to promote international security by easing the world's disparities in wealth, technology and health care. The former president, speaking before a sold-out crowd at the Universal Amphitheatre, said that to reduce the pressures that drive the dispossessed toward terrorism, Americans must share their remarkable freedoms and extraordinary wealth.
May 29, 1999 |
Palestinian leaders appealed to Prime Minister-elect Ehud Barak on Friday to rescind a decision by Israel's outgoing government that would expand the boundaries of a West Bank Jewish settlement and connect it to Jerusalem.