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October 20, 2000
It is becoming clear that Israel must do what the United States should have done in South Vietnam: Declare victory and get out. The corrosive effects of occupying Palestinian territory, whether won in war or not, are leading to another generation of Palestinian hatred and to the destruction of the moral basis of the state of Israel. Yes, leave all the occupied territories and make Jerusalem an open city supervised by the U.N. Security Council or the International Court at The Hague.
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WORLD
January 1, 2014 | By Elaine Woo
Ariel Sharon, the Israeli general and statesman who parlayed his legendary military achievements into a long, tumultuous political career that culminated in his 2001 election as prime minister, has died. He was 85. The charismatic and controversial leader was incapacitated by a massive stroke in January 2006. His term as prime minister officially ended several months later as he remained in a comatose state. In 2010 his family moved him to his ranch in the Negev desert, but he was readmitted to a hospital last September, when he underwent abdominal surgery.
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WORLD
December 5, 2007 | Paul Richter, Times Staff Writer
President Bush will visit the Mideast next month, the White House said Tuesday, presumably in an effort to promote the new round of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. White House officials declined to provide additional details, but Israeli news media, quoting unidentified Israeli government sources, reported that Bush would visit Israel and the Palestinian territories. A visit to Israel would be Bush's first as president. He presided over a conference last week in Annapolis, Md.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 14, 2012 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"The Law in These Parts" sounds like the title of a routine western, maybe something starring Tom Mix or Johnny Mack Brown, but it turns out to be considerably more compelling and provocative. Directed by Ra'anan Alexandrowicz and winner of the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, this is the second superb Israeli documentary (after "The Gatekeepers") to come to town in less than a month and deal fearlessly with an aspect of that country's legal and political system. While "The Gatekeepers" centered on the activities of Shin Bet, Israel's FBI, "Law" has a narrower but equally potent focus: how the legal system Israel uses to rule the occupied Palestinian territories was put into place and how it has functioned over the 40-plus years of its existence.
WORLD
October 24, 2002 | Laura King, Times Staff Writer
JERUSALEM -- Israeli military reservists who say conscience will not permit them to serve in the West Bank and Gaza Strip took their fight Wednesday to Israel's Supreme Court, where arguments by both sides raised painful questions about duty, patriotism and what constitutes moral warfare.
NEWS
November 15, 1994 | MARY CURTIUS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In both the Gaza Strip, where he now resides, and the West Bank, where he hopes one day to rule, PLO leader Yasser Arafat's political fortunes are in a state of steep decline. Even within Fatah, his own faction of the Palestine Liberation Organization, Arafat faces increasingly harsh criticism for his handling of negotiations with Israel and his running of the Palestinian Authority in the Gaza Strip and Jericho.
OPINION
April 20, 2003 | Nicholas Goldberg, Nicholas Goldberg, editor of the Op-ed page of the Los Angeles Times, was a reporter in the Middle East from 1995 to 1998.
In April 1996, I attended an unusual gathering in Gaza City. It took place in a small room not far from the sea. Yasser Arafat's security men were posted at all the doors, guns visible. Some pastries were on offer, and some tea. The guests of honor -- heroes, in many cases, to their hosts -- were a group of paunchy, graying, middle-aged men and women, including some of the world's most famous and dangerous terrorists.
WORLD
September 11, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
The Israeli army killed three Palestinians in the northern Gaza Strip as it sealed off the Palestinian territories for the Jewish holiday season. The death toll rose to eight Palestinians killed in the Jabaliya refugee camp since Israeli tanks entered it Wednesday in what the army calls an operation against militants. Five of those killed were civilians. Medics say more than 100 Palestinians have been wounded.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 24, 2010
Though arriving here at a tense international moment for Israel and the Palestinian territories, the British comedy "The Infidel" is an admirably cagey effort to mine humor from the thorny cultural and racial divide that is Muslim-Jewish relations. Weeble-shaped U.K. comedian Omid Djalili stars as Mahmud, an East London husband and father whose Muslim bonafides — self-admittedly "relaxed" regarding Islamic attitudes toward swearing, drinking and fasting — are put to the test when his son is set to marry the stepdaughter of a controversial "hate" cleric.
WORLD
July 16, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
The Palestinian government shut down the West Bank operations of the satellite channel Al Jazeera a day after a guest on the station accused the Palestinian Authority president of involvement in Yasser Arafat's death. The Palestinian Information Ministry accused the news station of incitement and unbalanced reporting and took issue with the broadcast, without providing further details. Aides to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas have long alleged that the Qatar-based station, widely watched in the Palestinian territories, favors the Islamic militant group Hamas in the bitter Palestinian power struggle.
NEWS
July 2, 2012 | By Maeve Reston
Seeking to brush up his foreign policy credentials, Mitt Romney will travel to Israel this summer on a trip that will highlight his warm personal relationship with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and potentially build his support among Jewish and evangelical voters. A campaign official confirmed that the trip, which had been rumored for months and was first reported by the New York Times on Monday, will include a visit with Netanyahu. Romney's team is not yet releasing any other details, including whether it will be a component of his trip to London to attend the opening ceremonies of the Olympics.
OPINION
January 6, 2011
Waste's new watchdog Re "GOP lawmaker has big plans for his new power," Jan. 3 You quote Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista) as saying, "They've played fast and loose with the money Congress gave them. " Issa is a millionaire whose ability to play fast and loose with his own money ended up giving the state to Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2003, who in turn played fast and loose with his mouth and thought he could run California with low-class theatrics. Issa spent $1.7 million of his own money to collect the signatures to recall then-Gov.
WORLD
December 25, 2010 | By Maher Abukhater, Los Angeles Times
The recent groundbreaking for a new Palestinian Authority presidential headquarters here in Ramallah underscored an unprecedented building and investment boom in the West Bank city. Land prices have tripled. International hotel chains are arriving. And master-planned housing projects are underway around town to accommodate a fast-rising population. But not everyone is thrilled with Ramallah's growth. Some worry the city is becoming the Palestinians' de facto capital, overshadowing East Jerusalem, which most Palestinians hope to one day make the center of a new Palestinian state.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 24, 2010
Though arriving here at a tense international moment for Israel and the Palestinian territories, the British comedy "The Infidel" is an admirably cagey effort to mine humor from the thorny cultural and racial divide that is Muslim-Jewish relations. Weeble-shaped U.K. comedian Omid Djalili stars as Mahmud, an East London husband and father whose Muslim bonafides — self-admittedly "relaxed" regarding Islamic attitudes toward swearing, drinking and fasting — are put to the test when his son is set to marry the stepdaughter of a controversial "hate" cleric.
WORLD
February 16, 2010 | By Edmund Sanders
Is the West Bank ready for Wall Street? That's a question soon to be answered with the launch of the first-of-its-kind Palestinian private equity fund, which managers hope will raise $50 million to invest in businesses in the Palestinian territories. The Palestine Liberation Organization's finances have at times drawn criticism. Late PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat was accused of controlling a $1-billion investment portfolio that, Western intelligence agencies said, was funded in part through money laundering, arms dealing and diversion of international aid. International pressure led to the 2003 launch of the Palestine Investment Fund, which took over the PLO's old portfolio -- now worth about $800 million -- and invests the money in projects to assist Palestinians, such as housing and infrastructure construction.
WORLD
January 4, 2010 | By Edmund Sanders
Cruising down this disputed four-lane highway, with all its twists and turns, is like taking a road trip through the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. You pass the walls and barriers that keep Palestinians from accessing Highway 443 as it slices through their land. Then there are the hazardous corridors where Israeli drivers have been shot and killed. On one side is an Israeli settlement mushrooming on a hill. Turn the other way for a glimpse of an Israeli detention center for Palestinian prisoners.
NEWS
November 26, 1998 | Reuters
Forty-five countries have agreed to attend Monday's conference in Washington on aid to the Palestinians, and 17 of them will send ministers, U.S. officials said Wednesday. The ministers include the foreign ministers of Austria, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, officials said. Austria chairs the European Union, the largest single donor to the Palestinian territories.
WORLD
November 4, 2009 | Richard Boudreaux
Every Friday, Mohammed Khatib's forces assemble for battle with the Israeli army and gather their weapons: a bullhorn, banners -- and a fierce belief that peaceful protest can bring about a Palestinian state. A few hundred strong, they march to the Israeli barrier that separates the tiny farming community of Bilin from much of its land. They chant and shout. A few teenagers throw stones. Khatib helped launch the weekly ritual five years ago in an attempt to "re-brand" a Palestinian struggle often associated with rocket attacks and suicide bombers.
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