January 4, 2004 |
Now that the worldwide fanfare accompanying the so-called Geneva Accord has died down a bit, perhaps it's time to look at why most Israelis have failed to rally behind the unofficial plan's outline for how to achieve peace with the Palestinians. The biggest problem for Israelis is that what the document's authors claim it says and what it actually says are very different. Moreover, there are serious matters of credibility with the way the initiative was presented.
December 5, 2003 |
Secretary of State Colin L. Powell said key American allies reacted favorably to his first public appeal Thursday to NATO to take a direct role in Iraq's reconstruction. At a meeting of foreign ministers of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Powell said the Western security alliance needed to consider "how it might do more to support peace and stability" in the war-torn country.
May 24, 2003 |
Despite the Bush administration's insistence that a U.S.-backed peace plan is not open to renegotiation, a deal struck to win Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's acceptance of the proposal virtually guarantees that Israel will be able to press for modifications on a range of important issues before the creation of a Palestinian state, U.S. and Israeli officials said Friday. After weeks of resisting American appeals, Sharon announced Friday that Israel is prepared to accept the "road map" to peace.
June 13, 2002 |
The Bush administration is debating whether to push for a provisional Palestinian state as an interim solution to break the deadlock in the Middle East peace process, Secretary of State Colin L. Powell said Wednesday. U.S. officials acknowledged that the idea is virtually certain to spark controversy among Israelis, Palestinians and the wider Arab world for a host of reasons. These include Israeli concerns that such a step would, in essence, reward Palestinian violence against the Jewish state.
May 16, 2002 |
Three days after Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's ruling Likud Party voted to reject the establishment of a Palestinian state, Defense Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer on Wednesday unveiled his own peace package that would share Jerusalem with the Palestinians and grant them sovereignty over most of the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
March 26, 2002 |
Calling on allies in Europe and the Arab world to help, the United States on Monday engaged in intense diplomacy with Israel and the Palestinians in a bid to reduce bloodshed and generate momentum for a peace proposal to be debated this week at an Arab League summit. The Bush administration quietly tried to win Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's approval for Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat to attend the summit in Beirut, which begins Wednesday.