February 9, 2003 |
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat on Saturday welcomed the resumption of high-level contacts with Israel, even though he has not been allowed to take part in them. Israeli sources disclosed Friday that Prime Minister Ariel Sharon had met two days earlier with Ahmed Korei, the speaker of the Palestinian parliament, and that other such talks had taken place before Israel's Jan. 28 general election.
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.
November 19, 2000 |
A security officer who belonged to a militia group disbanded by Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat sneaked through Jewish settlement land in the Gaza Strip early Saturday and shot three soldiers, killing one and wounding the others before being felled by return fire, the Israeli military said. Palestinian leaders quickly urged Israel not to retaliate but to let them investigate the dawn attack in Kfar Darom, one of the more brazen during the seven-week intifada.
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.