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December 29, 1985 | CLINTON BAILEY, Clinton Bailey teaches the history of Palestinian nationalism at Tel Aviv University. He is at Oxford University this term.
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.
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 | Associated Press
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 | From Times Wire Reports
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 | Reuters
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 | Times Wire Services
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.
September 13, 1992 | From Reuters
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 | From Associated Press
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 | From Reuters
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.
October 10, 2013
Re "The one-state illusion," Opinion, Oct. 6 Jeremy Ben-Ami is correct that a one-state democracy will not provide either Palestinians or Jews with a state to express their national identities, and the only reason that a one-state solution is discussed is because of frustration that no peace agreement has been reached. But Ben-Ami does not identify why 20 years of talks have not been successful: Israel does not want a Palestinian state. Ben-Ami suggests that all can be resolved if President Obama would only set a solution on the table.
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