December 29, 1985 |
It should be good news for Palestinians that Secretary of State George P. Shultz has again ruled out a role for the Palestine Liberation Organization in the Middle East peace process. If those Palestinians living in the territories occupied by Israel in the Six Day War of 1967 are to have an Arab future for themselves and their lands, and if those territories are to be a part of a Jordanian-Palestinian state, it is essential for a peace initiative to take place very soon. However, since U.N.
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November 13, 1993
The U.S.-Israel strategic alliance that was first proclaimed during the Ronald Reagan Administration has received a ringing re-endorsement from President Clinton. During his White House meeting with Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, the President emphatically "renewed America's unshaken pledge to maintain and enhance Israel's qualitative security edge" even as the difficult but promising process of trying to achieve a settlement of the long Israeli-Arab conflict goes forward.
November 17, 1993 |
Hezbollah guerrillas Tuesday mounted their heaviest attack on Israeli-held territory in southern Lebanon since Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization made peace in September, security officials said. Israel retaliated with air raids. A guerrilla was killed and six fighters from both sides--including two Israeli soldiers--were wounded in the fighting, the officials and the guerrillas said. The Iran-backed Hezbollah opposes the Mideast peace process.
November 22, 1999 |
Jordan sent four jailed leaders of the Palestinian militant group Hamas to Qatar, apparently to live in exile, while 21 other members were also pardoned in exchange for halting activities in the kingdom. The move caps a crackdown that came after pressure from the United States, Israel and the Palestinians for Jordan to restrain the Islamic fundamentalist group.
October 22, 1997 |
Benjamin Netanyahu got a cake and a gas mask for his birthday Tuesday. Protesters brought both to the Israeli prime minister's home at 7 a.m. on his 48th birthday, beating drums and chanting that Netanyahu was leading the Jewish state to war. "Our wish for you and for ourselves is that when you celebrate your next birthday you'll be out of the prime minister's office," said one of the few dozen protesters.
August 13, 1988 |
Senior Jordanian and PLO officials met Friday in the first round of talks on King Hussein's decision to sever formal ties with the Israeli-occupied West Bank, officials said. Members of the Palestine Liberation Organization delegation emerged smiling after a 3 1/2-hour meeting with Prime Minister Zaid Rifai and other ranking Jordanian officials, but neither side would comment on the substance of the discussions. The meetings are expected to continue over the weekend.
November 12, 2013 |
Member states of the United Nations on Tuesday elected 14 new countries to serve on the Human Rights Council, drawing fire from rights advocates critical of six of the incoming delegates for their dubious national track records in respecting personal freedoms. Most criticized were the elections of China, Russia, Cuba and Saudi Arabia to the 47-member body, on which states sit for rotating three-year terms. But some groups also questioned the choices of Algeria and Vietnam. Other new members chosen to represent geographic regions were France, Macedonia, Maldives, Mexico, Morocco, Namibia, South Africa and Britain, the U.N. General Assembly office reported after the secret balloting at its New York headquarters.
September 13, 1992 |
Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, reiterating Israel's willingness to cede part of the occupied Golan Heights, said Friday he welcomed remarks by Syrian President Hafez Assad as a step toward peace. "It would be a mistake on the part of Israel not to realize that there is a change in the Syrian position," Rabin told foreign reporters. "The mere fact that President Assad appeared on Syrian television and spoke about the need to be courageous, to make peace, is a good sign."
November 29, 1991 |
Israeli leaders signaled Thursday that they are seeking a compromise over the timing of the second round of Middle East peace talks. Officially, however, they stuck by a decision to attend five days later than the day Washington wants. Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir assured reporters that Israel will "be active" in next week's talks in Washington. And Foreign Minister David Levy was quoted as expressing hope that the issue of dates can be resolved.
December 25, 1991 |
Hawkish Cabinet minister Rafael Eitan, Israel's chief of staff during the 1982 Lebanon invasion, quit Tuesday in a dispute about electoral reform. Eitan said he is resigning as agriculture minister because Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir opposed a law for direct elections of the prime ministership. Shamir previously supported the electoral reform bill but announced his reversal at a Likud Party convention Sunday. Eitan read his resignation letter on Army Radio.