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April 6, 2002 | RICHARD BOUDREAUX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A week ago, when Prime Minister Ariel Sharon launched Israel's biggest military operation in the West Bank since 1967, he envisioned an open-ended assault on Palestinian gunmen and suicide bombers--one that might run as long as America's post-Sept. 11 campaign. Now the retired general's plan has been undermined--in part by his own miscalculations, in part by opposition from President Bush, an ally whose anti-terrorist crusade he identifies with his own.
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April 6, 2002 | SEBASTIAN ROTELLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Israeli commanders of the troops surrounding the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem said Friday that they will wait as long as it takes to capture more than 140 Palestinians holed up inside, while protecting the ancient compound and its clergy.
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April 6, 2002 | TRACY WILKINSON and CAROLYN COLE, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
On a bloody day of fierce fighting, the diplomatic isolation of Yasser Arafat was broken Friday when the United States' special Mideast envoy walked past Israeli tanks and into the Palestinian Authority president's besieged headquarters here. Despite President Bush's appeal for a halt to the bloodshed, Israel accelerated its massive offensive in the West Bank, entering yet another Palestinian town. More than two dozen Palestinians and one Israeli soldier were killed.
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April 5, 2002 | ROBIN WRIGHT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Declaring that "enough is enough," President Bush announced Thursday that he is dispatching Secretary of State Colin L. Powell to the Middle East next week in a bold but risky bid to end the raging violence and get Israel and the Palestinians back to the peace table. "The storms of violence cannot go on," Bush said in a Rose Garden speech that included a series of stern messages for Palestinian and Israeli leaders as well as for regional players in the escalating crisis.
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April 5, 2002 | From Associated Press
The text of President Bush's remarks Thursday on the Middle East, as transcribed by EMedia MillWorks Inc.: Good morning. During the course of one week, the situation in the Middle East has deteriorated dramatically. Last Wednesday, my special envoy, Anthony Zinni, reported to me that we were on the verge of a cease-fire agreement that would have spared Palestinian and Israeli lives.
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April 5, 2002 | MICHAEL SLACKMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
His voice clear and stern, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak went on national television Thursday to lash out at Israel's "inhumane" treatment of the Palestinians. But as he appeared to be building toward a dramatic announcement, jabbing his finger in the air, he instead declared Egypt's commitment to peace--with Israel.
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April 2, 2002 | From Associated Press
Anti-Israel protests escalated Monday, with demonstrators clashing with police in the Egyptian capital, as Arab leaders searched for ways to defuse the crisis. Protesters also took to the streets in Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Sudan and Yemen. The demonstration in Egypt was the most violent here since Israel seized control of Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat's compound Friday.
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April 1, 2002 | RONALD BROWNSTEIN
It's difficult to find much cause for optimism in a meeting that praises the intifada just days after a Palestinian bomber slaughtered a room full of Israelis celebrating Passover. But such is the state of the Middle East that the Arab League summit in Beirut last week still qualifies as a glimmer of light.
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April 1, 2002 | From Times Wire Services
World leaders sought guarantees from Israel that Yasser Arafat would not be harmed in its new military offensive, warning Sunday that the siege of the Palestinian leader's headquarters could lead to catastrophe. Israel has said it has no intention of harming Arafat and instead aims to isolate him as it launches a campaign against militants after a string of Palestinian attacks.
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April 1, 2002 | ROBIN WRIGHT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
President Bush is under growing pressure to do something--almost anything--to defuse the intense hostilities between Israel and the Palestinians, which flared anew Sunday with two more suicide bombings and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's solemn pronouncement that his country is in "a war over our home." Unlike the many world leaders who weighed in on the mounting crisis, Bush was silent Sunday.
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