October 27, 1998 |
In precisely the kind of violence that could derail the region's newly revived peace process, a Jewish settler was shot to death Monday in the West Bank, and an elderly Palestinian man was later killed in an apparent revenge attack. The slayings came as irate Israeli lawmakers took the first step toward early elections aimed at replacing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who weathered another round of noisy street protests and survived a long-shot no-confidence vote in parliament.
January 16, 1992 |
Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir's government staggered toward collapse Wednesday as a minor, far-right party voted to withdraw in protest of Israel's participation in peace talks. Shamir's ruling majority, reduced to one vote, could disappear if, as expected, another fractional party decides to pull out. The prime minister's deteriorating position throws into question Israel's continued participation in the Middle East peace talks, which entered a third round this week in Washington.
March 2, 1993 |
A Palestinian youth, a butcher knife in each hand, fatally stabbed two Israelis and wounded nine others Monday in a rampage through crowded Tel Aviv streets before he was caught by passersby and beaten to the ground. Ziyad Salim Hussein Silmi, 19, an unemployed car painter from Gaza City, reportedly told police that he had been unable to find work for more than four months and in his frustration decided to kill Israelis.
February 11, 1994 |
Israeli officials cautioned Thursday that a final agreement on Palestinian self-rule is at least a month away, as Palestine Liberation Organization Chairman Yasser Arafat flew to Jordan to begin bringing other Arabs aboard the evolving peace process.
October 26, 2001 |
Her brow furrowed in concentration, Hinan Rimawi picked carefully through the rubble of what used to be her cousin's home Thursday, searching for anything that had withstood a raid by Israeli troops the night before. Triumphantly, the 9-year-old pulled a floppy-eared stuffed rabbit from the ruins, dusty and battered but intact. Next came a handful of felt-tipped pens. Earlier, she said, she had found some of her cousin's clothes.
October 23, 2001 |
Despite a U.S. demand for immediate withdrawal and an end to the killing of civilians, Israeli forces dug deeper into Palestinian territory Monday and waged fresh battles in Bethlehem as violence spilled across the West Bank and into Lebanon. Israel and Lebanese guerrillas fought artillery duels along Israel's northern border with Lebanon. In Jerusalem, a Palestinian opened fire in a crowded industrial center, wounding four Israelis before he was shot dead.
February 4, 2002 |
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon won backing Sunday from nearly all his Cabinet ministers for having initiated his first talks with Palestinian officials since his election, and he said he will hold more such meetings. Jewish settlers and the far right blasted Sharon's session with a trio of senior Palestinian officials last week, saying it violated his pledge not to negotiate under fire. But most Cabinet ministers praised it as a breakthrough after more than 16 months of fighting.
October 24, 2001 |
President Bush demanded Tuesday that Israel withdraw its troops from Palestinian-run parts of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, delivering the stern message personally to Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres. Bush's intervention, following similar warnings by lower-ranking White House officials, underlined concerns that Washington's customary support for Israel could hurt U.S. efforts to retain Arab and other Muslim countries as allies in the war on terrorism.
April 3, 2001 |
Israel's army used a helicopter gunship to kill an Islamic militant in the Gaza Strip on Monday and fired tank shells into Bethlehem during a firefight with Palestinians there, as both sides warned of a dangerous escalation in their conflict. Israeli officials said the strikes they are making inside Palestinian-controlled territory, once a taboo, are meant to push Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat back to the negotiating table.
August 31, 1996 |
Israel used roadblocks and a heavy police presence Friday to frustrate Yasser Arafat's call for a mass prayer demonstration at Jerusalem's Al Aqsa Mosque. Palestinians had predicted that more than 100,000 people would respond to the call by the Palestinian Authority president, intended to underline claims to the eastern portion of Jerusalem and to protest recent Israeli actions, including a slowdown in the peace process.