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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 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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March 31, 2002 | From Reuters
This is the text of a resolution approved Saturday by the Security Council that calls for the withdrawal of Israeli troops from Ramallah and other Palestinian cities: Resolution 1402, drafted by Norway, was adopted on a 14-0 vote, with Syria not participating in the vote in protest that the resolution was not stronger in condemning Israel.
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March 31, 2002 | TRACY WILKINSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
First the tanks and armored bulldozers punched holes in the high brick perimeter walls that shielded Yasser Arafat's headquarters and sanctuary. Then they smashed through the metal gates on three sides of the compound, which takes up a city block. The black iron door that once glided open for visiting dignitaries lay askew in the debris.
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March 30, 2002 | From Associated Press
The 15 European Union nations collectively protested Israel's attack on Yasser Arafat's West Bank headquarters Friday, with Italy pressing Israel to guarantee the Palestinian Authority president's safety. The EU also called on Israel to withdraw its troops from the West Bank city of Ramallah, where Arafat's complex is located. At the same time, the EU urged the Palestinian Authority to halt the "spiral of violence" and punish those responsible for the recent string of attacks on Israelis.
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