September 3, 2010 |
Recent Palestinian attacks on West Bank settlers, which are likely to increase in response to relaunched peace talks, pose one of the biggest challenges yet to U.S.-trained Palestinian security forces and their uneasy alliance with the Israeli military. The militant group Hamas killed four Israeli settlers and wounded two others in shooting attacks this week as Palestinian and Israeli leaders were starting their first direct negotiations in nearly two years. With the talks already hanging by a thread, an uptick in violence is the last thing the Palestinian Authority wanted to see, particularly because it could strengthen Israel's hand in negotiations.
March 26, 2010 |
As the highest-ranking commander of nearly 8,000 Palestinian security troops, Maj. Gen. Diab Ali is accustomed to being top gun. But the salutes often stop when he leaves the military base and travels through the West Bank. Experience has taught the general to leave his gun behind and trade the uniform for civilian clothes, lest some young Israeli checkpoint guard decide to hold him for questioning or block his way. "It avoids problems," said Ali, commander of the National Security Forces of the Palestinian Authority.
October 5, 2006 |
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, on Wednesday expressed sympathy for the deepening suffering of Palestinians, but signaled that her efforts toward Mideast peace now focus on a handful of narrow issues. Rice said at a news conference that she hoped to reach agreements to open restricted border crossings, provide new humanitarian aid and improve the weak and fractured Palestinian security agencies.
June 2, 2006 |
In a new outbreak of unrest in the Gaza Strip, thousands of unpaid members of the Palestinian police force staged a noisy protest Thursday outside the parliament building, firing guns in the air, hurling stones and denouncing the Hamas-run government. Later, a Palestinian security officer was killed in an ambush-style shooting in Gaza City, and gunfights between rival factions elsewhere in the seaside territory left at least seven people injured.
March 10, 2006 |
Trucks carrying food rolled into Gaza on Thursday after Israel reopened the strip's main commercial crossing, which it had closed for more than two weeks because of what it said were security threats. The United Nations warned last week that stocks of wheat, sugar and cooking oil were dwindling in Gaza and could begin to run out within days unless Israel reopened the Karni crossing.
October 29, 2005 |
For the second night in a row, Israel on Friday staged a deadly missile strike against Palestinian militants in the northern Gaza Strip. Majid Matat, a field operative for the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, was killed when two missiles fired by Israeli aircraft incinerated his white Subaru just after dusk near the town of Beit Hanoun, Palestinian officials and witnesses said. Two of his comrades escaped.