June 29, 1993 |
Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres on Monday renewed--in the most forthcoming terms yet--his country's offer to the Palestinians of virtual self-government in the West Bank and Gaza Strip as soon as the basis for overall autonomy for the occupied territories is agreed upon.
July 15, 1993 |
With the Arab-Israeli negotiations at an impasse, the Clinton Administration is facing the tough question of how much political energy to invest in the unpromising search for peace in the Middle East. After a week of talks with Israel, Syria, Jordan, Egypt and the Palestinians, U.S. special envoy Dennis Ross returned to Washington on Wednesday with differences on crucial issues still very wide--so wide that there were suggestions the U.S. mediation effort may have run its course.
February 20, 1993 |
"Mr. Jerusalem" for more than a quarter of a century, Mayor Teddy Kollek is now proving to be "Mr. Indispensable." Kollek, who will be 82 in May, had expected to slip into retirement at the end of last year, advising his successor on how to manage his treasured city but slowing his pace after 60 years of helping to build modern Israel.
November 27, 1992 |
French President Francois Mitterrand, bidding to make Paris an important channel in Middle East peace talks, urged Israel on Thursday to negotiate directly with the Palestine Liberation Organization and pledged in return that he would ask the PLO not to scorn Israel's proposals for Palestinian self-government.
August 26, 1993 |
Hoping to break the stalemate in negotiations with Israel on self-government, Palestinians plan to propose that Israel withdraw completely from the Gaza Strip and the West Bank town of Jericho and that local residents assume administration of the rest of the West Bank. Saeb Erekat, deputy leader of the Palestinian delegation to the Arab-Israeli peace talks, said Wednesday that the proposal will require a major compromise from Israel in creating a Palestinian ministate.
August 10, 1993 |
The Background: Nearly two years of negotiations between Israel and its Arab neighbors have not yet brought peace, but they are adding new terms and new meanings to old terms in the already complex lexicon of Middle East conflict. The negotiations themselves are the core of the "peace process," and they focus on the differences between "withdrawal from" and "withdrawal on" the Golan Heights, the nuances of "early empowerment" and the evolution of "Gaza first" into "Gaza plus."