June 29, 2007
Re "Israel to free prisoners in show of support for Abbas," June 26 The offhand reference in this article to Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert having "resisted entering into substantive talks aimed at settling the Middle East conflict" was shocking. Palestinian leaders continue to condone (in the case of Fatah) or promote (Hamas) continued attacks on Israel, showing no willingness to accept Israel's secure existence. Against that background, to say that Israel is the party resisting substantive peace talks is completely false.
November 15, 1988 |
The cornerstone of the first embassy of a newly declared Palestinian state will be laid at a ceremony in central Algiers today. Palestinian sources said a commemorative plaque marking a symbolic declaration of independence by the Palestinian parliament in exile, meeting in the Algerian capital, had already been prepared. It will be placed on the site by Palestinian leaders after they issue the declaration at the end of a landmark meeting of the Palestine National Council today.
November 16, 1990 |
It was late last week, and a group of senior Palestinian nationalist leaders was being lectured by an Israeli police officer on how to avoid attack from right-wing radicals. Although the officer was deadly serious--vengeance attacks between Israelis and Palestinians have become frequent--the Palestinians were somewhat giddy at the lecture. After all, when the police come calling on Arab political leaders, it is usually for questioning or arrest.
March 16, 2010 |
Rising political and religious tensions in Jerusalem spilled into the streets Tuesday with a string of clashes between Palestinians and Israeli police that left more than 100 people injured. In scenes reminiscent of past uprisings, dozens of Palestinian youths, some with scarves masking their faces, pelted police with rocks, blocked roads and burned tires in half a dozen neighborhoods around East Jerusalem. Israeli police, who have been on high alert for days, responded with tear gas, rubber bullets and stun grenades, witnesses said.
April 16, 2009 |
President Obama's special envoy to the Middle East, George J. Mitchell, arrived in Israel on a push to revive the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process. The right-leaning government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has so far refused to commit itself to resuming talks with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas or to freezing Jewish settlement growth in the West Bank, both priorities for the new U.S. administration. Starting his first visit to Israel since Netanyahu took office late last month, Mitchell met Defense Minister Ehud Barak in Tel Aviv, Barak's office said.
January 28, 1988 |
Two Palestinian leaders Wednesday urged Secretary of State George P. Shultz to create a U.S.-led multinational peace force to protect Palestinians from Israeli troops in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. "Our people are in urgent need of immediate international protection from the brutality of Israel's military authorities," Hanna Siniora, editor of an Arabic-language Jerusalem newspaper, and Fayez abu Rahme, president of the Gaza Bar Assn.
December 28, 1988 |
Underground leaders of a Palestinian uprising in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip have floated the idea of declaring a conditional truce, Palestinian and Israeli sources said today. In exchange, Israel would be expected to release about 1,500 Palestinian activists imprisoned without trial and allow free municipal elections in the occupied territories. At least 348 Palestinians and 14 Israelis have been killed during the year-old uprising, including two more Arab teen-agers today.
September 16, 1990 |
Two Marxist Palestinians who were banned from Jordan for 20 years were greeted by loud applause as a conference of leftist and Islamic groups convened Saturday to demonstrate solidarity with Iraq's Saddam Hussein. The participation of George Habash and Nayef Hawatmeh underscored a growing alliance between Iraq and radical Arab factions that is alarming Western officials.
May 22, 1988
This is not an easy letter to write. I am a Jew, a rabbi, and a Zionist. I watch the news and read the newspapers with ever-increasing distress. I visited Israel in March and met with everyone from left-wing Palestinians to right-wing Israelis and those in between. One of the people I heard was Awad. Awad formally and publicly recognizes the right of Israel to exist, unlike Yasser Arafat and most other Palestinian leaders. That position makes him a true moderate. I do not share many of Awad's opinions.