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February 5, 1996 | MARY CURTIUS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
This sprawling maze of concrete and corrugated tin, the largest refugee camp in the West Bank and vanguard of Palestinian armed resistance to Israeli military rule, boasts a new honor: Balata, despised home of the disenfranchised, has produced three members of the newly elected Palestinian self-governing council.
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June 6, 2013 | By Maher Abukhater
RAMALLAH, West Bank -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas swore in a new government Thursday headed by a British-educated academic with no political experience. New Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, who has served since 1998 as president of An Najah National University in Nablus, replaces Salam Fayyad, who resigned in frustration in April. Though admired by Western nations for his financial acumen and political reforms, Fayyad, a political independent, was never fully embraced by the Palestinian public and was resented by the two main Palestinian factions, Abbas' Fatah party and its rival, the Islamist group Hamas.
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January 23, 1999 | MARJORIE MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As I waited to board a flight from Ben Gurion International Airport to New York, I felt an impatient shove from behind and turned to flash a bothered look at the offender, a rotund man who wore the sidelocks, black hat and frock coat of a devout Jew. "You got a problem, lady?" he asked in a heavy Brooklyn accent. "Yes," I answered. "I don't like to be pushed." "Well, maybe you can deal with that problem when you get home," he said.
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June 19, 2011 | By Ahmed Aldabba, Los Angeles Times
A meeting between the top leaders of the Palestinian groups Fatah and Hamas to discuss forming a national unity government has been postponed until further notice, a Fatah official said Sunday. "The meeting between President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal scheduled Tuesday in Cairo has been delayed due to disagreements between both sides," Azzam Ahmed, a member of the Fatah Central Committee, told reporters in Ramallah, in the West Bank. The summit was meant to tackle serious issues, including naming a prime minister and other officials for a new unity government.
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May 13, 1994 | KIM MURPHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 15-member authority was appointed Thursday to become the Palestinians' first government of their own in Jericho and the Gaza Strip, and Palestinian leaders said the new council could assume power with the last Israeli troop withdrawal on Wednesday.
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May 25, 1994 | MICHAEL PARKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Yasser Arafat, chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization and head of the Palestinians' interim government, Tuesday canceled most of the military orders issued by Israel over its 27-year occupation of the Gaza Strip and this West Bank town.
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February 18, 2002 | MARY CURTIUS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, back at work after recovering from a weeklong flu, faced a barrage of criticism Sunday for failing to find a military or diplomatic solution to 17 months of fighting with the Palestinians. As Israelis buried three soldiers and two teenagers killed since Friday and Palestinians tried to carry out a second suicide bombing in less than 24 hours, pundits, politicians and folks on the street angrily demanded a new policy from Sharon. "Where is Sharon?"
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July 7, 1998 | REBECCA TROUNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and leaders of Israel's political opposition bitterly accused one another Monday of lying to the Israeli people and the international community about the Middle East peace process.
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December 3, 1997 | REBECCA TROUNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At its most basic level, this week's decision by the Israeli Cabinet to approve the hand-over of more West Bank land to the Palestinians was significant. Sixteen members of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's right-religious coalition voted to give Yasser Arafat's Palestinian Authority control over a larger area of occupied territory.
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July 2, 1994 | SCOTT KRAFT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For more than 25 years, his name was an evil word in Jewish households. So it wasn't easy for Israelis, even those who support the Mideast peace process, to watch the live broadcasts Friday of PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat's triumphant return to Gaza. "I've got to say I don't enjoy watching him," said Michael Hocherman, 60, a businessman who saw the Palestine Liberation Organization chairman's arrival and speech to thousands of Palestinian supporters on Israeli television.
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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.
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April 27, 2009 | Paul Richter
The Obama administration, already on treacherous political ground because of its outreach to traditional adversaries such as Iran and Cuba, has opened the door a crack to engagement with the militant group Hamas. The Palestinian group is designated by the U.S. government as a terrorist organization and under law may not receive federal aid. But the administration has asked Congress for minor changes in U.S.
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January 20, 2009 | Richard Boudreaux
With Israel and Hamas both claiming victory in the Gaza Strip, there is one clear loser: the U.S.-backed Palestinian Authority, which desperately wants a peace accord with Israel and a unified Palestine in Gaza and the West Bank. Israel's 22-day assault on Hamas-ruled Gaza made the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority look ineffective and marginalized, unable to stop the carnage. Popular support for its peace talks with Israel, already declining, now seems weaker than ever.
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March 16, 2007 | Ken Ellingwood, Times Staff Writer
Israel declared Thursday that it would not deal with the newly named Palestinian government, saying the proposed coalition showed no sign of recognizing the Jewish state or meeting other international conditions for ending an aid embargo. Israeli officials said the draft platform for the new government, under which the Islamic militant group Hamas will share power with its main rival, Fatah, appeared to maintain the hard-line stance of the current government, which has been run solely by Hamas.
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February 16, 2007 | Paul Richter, Times Staff Writer
The Bush administration's latest Middle East peace initiative, which begins this weekend, is taking place under a cloud of uncertainty because of Israeli anxiety about the complexion of a proposed Palestinian unity government. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will lead an American push to bring together Israeli and Palestinian leaders for the first talks in six years about the eventual shape of a longproposed independent Palestinian state. But hopes for the U.S.
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June 15, 2006 | Tracy Wilkinson, Times Staff Writer
In the latest spasm of chaos, angry Palestinian government employees who haven't been paid in months stormed the parliament building here Wednesday, and skirmishes between rival factions in the Gaza Strip left at least one person dead. Near-daily violence is occurring as part of a volatile power struggle that has been percolating in the West Bank and Gaza Strip since late January, when the militant Hamas movement unseated the Fatah party in legislative elections.
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August 9, 1999 | TRACY WILKINSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat on Sunday accepted Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak's timetable for relinquishing West Bank territory, putting to rest a small crisis that had erupted over efforts to renew the long-stalemated Mideast peace process. Arafat, president of the self-governing Palestinian Authority, agreed to Barak's proposal to delay land transfers until October.
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March 21, 2001 | NORMAN KEMPSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
President Bush admonished visiting Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon on Tuesday to avoid provocative acts such as expanding Jewish housing in disputed areas, possibly rekindling the friction that marred the relationship between Israel and his father's administration.
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May 20, 2006 | Laura King, Times Staff Writer
A senior Hamas official was caught Friday trying to smuggle more than $800,000 in euros into the Gaza Strip, underscoring the desperate financial situation facing the Hamas-led government and deepening tensions between the Islamist group and the Palestinian executive branch. Forces loyal to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas confiscated 635,000 euros, or about $811,000, from Hamas spokesman Sami abu Zuhri at the Rafah border crossing from Egypt, officials from both sides said.
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