February 21, 2002 |
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon started the week by reassuring Israelis reeling from a string of bloody attacks that they had nothing to fear. "Israel," the hawkish former general told his Cabinet, "has never lost a war and will win this war as well." But between Sunday, when Sharon made that observation, and Wednesday, 10 more Israelis were killed and the prime minister was under attack from across the political spectrum.
February 14, 2002 |
The Israeli army pulled out of the Palestinian-controlled town of Beit Hanoun late Wednesday, after the most sweeping ground operation in the Gaza Strip since fighting began nearly 17 months ago. Five Palestinian police officers were killed and 18 people were arrested in the raid, which Israel said was a response to Sunday's launch of two rockets into the Negev desert by the militant Islamic group Hamas.
February 11, 2002 |
Palestinian gunmen killed two Israeli soldiers and seriously wounded four other people outside the Israeli army's southern command headquarters in Beersheba on Sunday as Prime Minister Ariel Sharon returned home from Washington.
January 18, 2002 |
A Palestinian militant armed with a gun and grenades burst into a crowded banquet hall in northern Israel late Thursday and opened fire on the dancing guests at a young girl's bat mitzvah. At least six people were shot to death and 30 others were wounded before police and enraged guests overpowered and killed the assailant. The attack in the city of Hadera came as a relative lull in violence evaporated, along with hopes for a breakthrough after more than 15 months of bloodletting.
January 16, 2002 |
Palestinian gunmen kidnapped a 71-year-old Israeli at a roadblock in this West Bank village Tuesday, drove him to a field in a nearby village, beat him and then shot him to death, the Israeli army said, in what appeared to be a revenge killing. Hours later, in a second attack, a pair of Palestinian gunmen opened fire on a car heading toward the West Bank Jewish settlement of Givat Zeev, killing a 45-year-old settler and seriously wounding her 70-year-old aunt, the army reported.
December 16, 2001 |
The U.S. government, alarmed at some of the worst Israeli-Palestinian violence in months, recalled its special Mideast envoy Saturday for consultations after his attempts to broker a cease-fire failed, while the Israeli army hunted the Gaza Strip for Palestinians suspected of terror activity. Israeli armor and infantry killed five Palestinians in a daylong sweep through the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Hanoun and in Rafah to the south.