June 14, 2002 |
Yasser Arafat convened his new, streamlined Cabinet at his headquarters here Thursday, three days after Israeli tanks blockaded the complex and caused a delay. Israel ended the blockade in Ramallah on Wednesday, and on Thursday five new ministers swore allegiance to the Palestinian Authority. The slimmer Cabinet--down to 21 ministers from 31--came after Israel, the U.S. and Europe demanded that the Palestinian Authority president reform his corruption-ridden administration.
June 9, 2002 |
WASHINGTON -- President Bush on Saturday rejected an appeal from Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to set a timetable of two to three years to create a Palestinian state and conclude the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. After talks Friday night and Saturday morning at Camp David, the two leaders were at odds over a goal shared by key Arab allies to set a target date for a final settlement.
June 7, 2002 |
Once the explosions fell silent and the Israeli tanks crunched out of his flattened compound Thursday morning, Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat paced the rooms that remained. Pale dust coated his prayer rug and coverlet; the mirror over his dresser was splintered; a crack ran across a framed snapshot of his daughter. This broken island of rooms--two buildings precariously linked by a cracked walkway--is all that remains of Arafat's vast, walled headquarters compound here.
June 4, 2002 |
Palestinian judges on Monday ordered the release of militant leader and suspected assassination mastermind Ahmed Saadat, stirring this region's rage just as CIA Director George J. Tenet arrived to discuss the troubled Palestinian security services. Chief of the radical Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Saadat was suspected of overseeing the October shooting death of Israel's ultranationalist tourism minister, Rehavam Zeevi.
May 20, 2002 |
A Palestinian disguised as an Israeli soldier blew himself up Sunday in this city's open-air market, killing three Israelis, wounding dozens and shattering a period of quiet that had lured many back to the public places they had shunned. Netanya, nine miles west of the West Bank, has been the target of 11 Palestinian attacks in two years, including the March 27 suicide bombing at a hotel where families were gathered to celebrate Passover.
May 18, 2002 |
A day after promising elections within six months, Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat said Friday that voting would not take place until Israel withdrew from the occupied territories. Asked by reporters in the West Bank city of Ramallah when polling would take place, the Palestinian leader responded: "As soon as [the Israelis] finish this occupation from our land." His statement came even as Israeli soldiers continued their strikes against West Bank targets.
May 13, 2002 |
Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat left Ramallah today for the first time since Israel confined him to the city six months ago. At the helipad in his headquarters, Arafat climbed into a Jordanian air force helicopter that was to fly him to three of the hardest-hit areas in Israel's six-week West Bank military offensive: Bethlehem, the battle-scarred Jenin refugee camp and the city of Nablus.
May 12, 2002 |
Thousands of Israeli leftists rallied Saturday night to demand that Ariel Sharon make peace with the Palestinians, while the Israeli prime minister, under pressure, delayed a planned military attack on the Gaza Strip. With Israeli retaliation for a devastating suicide bombing Tuesday widely anticipated, tanks and troops remained arrayed along Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. But they held off launching an assault, at least for the time being.
May 10, 2002 |
Israeli tanks and troops moved close to the Gaza Strip on Thursday, and state-run media said an attack was imminent in retaliation for a suicide bombing Tuesday that killed 15 Israelis. Gazans sent their children to school and went to work, but also laid in stores of food, fearing the sort of siege on their towns, villages and refugee camps that the Israeli army imposed in the West Bank during the invasion launched March 29.
May 7, 2002 |
It was a day of dizzying diplomacy even by Washington standards Monday as Israeli and Arab leaders whizzed around the capital in rival motorcades scrambling to have the last word as the United States tries to jump-start the Middle East peace process. Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon spent most of the day trying to accomplish through diplomacy what couldn't be done with his tanks and troops--get Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat bumped from the peace process.