May 9, 2012
It's hard to imagine now, but there was a time when a comprehensive rapprochement between Israelis and Palestinians seemed not just possible but inevitable. In the mid-1990s, the two-state solution was gaining support on both sides. Hamas and Islamic Jihad were losing influence. Israel was handing over West Bank cities to Palestinian control. The 50-year-old conflict seemed to be nearing a resolution. Of course, that never came to pass. Peace fizzled in the wake of the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and the terrorist bombs of the Palestinian militants, among other things.
October 30, 2011 |
The day after a series of Palestinian rocket attacks and Israeli airstrikes killed nine militants in the Gaza Strip and an Israeli civilian in southern Israel, strikes Sunday appeared to thin out, though tensions remained high. After an early-morning barrage was launched at southern Israel on Sunday, Islamic Jihad announced it would accept an Egyptian-brokered cease-fire and hold its rocket fire while reserving the right to respond to any attacks from Israel. "There is no cease-fire," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, adding that Israel's army would continue to carry out strikes to protect residents in the south from rocket attacks.
October 30, 2011 |
The Israeli armed forces and militants based in the Gaza Strip exchanged attacks Saturday in a sharp escalation of violence that killed nine Palestinians and one Israeli. Palestinian sources said five Islamic Jihad militants were killed in an initial Israeli airstrike near Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, including a prominent maker of rockets. Israeli news reports said the airstrike targeted a cell responsible for launching a rocket into Israel recently. The army said the strike was not in retaliation for an attack, but was instead a preventive action.
October 17, 2011 |
Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit's five-year captivity ended early Tuesday after the young man was turned over to Egyptian mediators as part of a prisoner swap that will eventually see the release of 1,027 Palestinian prisoners, according to Egyptian and Palestinian media reports. The Israeli-Palestinian prisoner swap began in the predawn hours as Israel started transporting 477 Palestinian detainees in heavily guarded convoys from jails to various Red Cross meeting points, Israel Radio reported.
August 20, 2011 |
As Israeli soldiers and Palestinian militants continued to clash Friday, Egypt expressed anger over the deaths of at least three of its soldiers apparently killed by Israeli helicopters pursuing militants across the Israeli-Egyptian border a day earlier. The incident threatened to destabilize relations between Israel and Egypt, already tense after the overthrow in February of Hosni Mubarak as Egyptian president. Egypt said early Saturday that it would recall its ambassador to Israel, according to news reports.
March 23, 2011 |
Israel launched attacks Tuesday against Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip, killing eight people, including three children who were mistakenly hit by tank shells as they played soccer near their home, officials said. Israeli officials said the strikes were in response to last weekend's barrage of more than 50 mortar shells fired by Gaza militants into southern Israel, injuring two people. "We have no interest in escalation, but let's not forget, that was the largest number of mortar attacks we've sustained since the end of Operation Cast Lead," Israeli military spokesman Capt.