August 24, 2009 |
Israel, already on the defensive over European criticism of its policies, has picked a diplomatic fight with Sweden over an unsubstantiated newspaper "expose" suggesting that Israeli soldiers harvested the organs of Palestinians who died in army custody. The article in the Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet last Monday drew little attention until Israel demanded, two days later, that Sweden's government condemn it. Swedish officials refused, saying the newspaper has a constitutional right to free expression.
February 5, 2009 |
Men with satchels and briefcases come and go, negotiating into the night, slipping away in the morning, attempting to make peace in a place where it seems hardest to find. An Egyptian spy with a wisp of a mustache and an array of tailored suits listens to them all: the Israelis and the moderate and radical Palestinians, including those from the militant group Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip.
July 10, 2006 |
With mourners chanting calls for vengeance, the funeral procession wound its way through dusty streets on Sunday, bearing the shrouded bodies of a Palestinian mother, her grown son and young daughter. Civilians are increasingly at risk in Israel's nearly 2-week-old military offensive in the Gaza Strip, which in recent days has encompassed the use of heavy battlefield weapons such as tanks, assault helicopters and artillery on the edges of densely populated neighborhoods.
December 17, 2005 |
A Jewish settler was shot to death Friday by Palestinian militants in the southern West Bank, the latest spasm in nearly two weeks of scattered, back-and-forth violence. The drive-by shooting occurred hours after Israel reinstated a ban on Palestinians entering the country and launched airstrikes in the Gaza Strip in response to rocket salvos by militants.
February 7, 2005 |
With automatic rifles clanking as they shifted in cramped seats, a dozen Palestinian fugitives sipped tiny cups of Arabic coffee and talked about an almost unthinkable notion: what life might be like after a cease-fire. "I'd get married," one said a bit dreamily. "I'd finish up my sociology degree," piped up another. "I'd find a normal job and take care of my family," said a third.
November 23, 2004 |
Secretary of State Colin L. Powell on Monday began a whirl of new Middle East diplomacy, meeting with Israelis and Palestinians and declaring that he had new confidence the two sides would cooperate to arrange the election of a Palestinian Authority president.