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.
November 6, 2001 |
Minutes into the funeral Monday for 14-year-old Menashe Regev, his grandmother pushed her way through the mourning crowd. "Where is Meni? Where is Meni?" she wailed over and over until reaching his shrouded body. Then she broke down in sobs. Meni and U.S.-born Shoshana Ben Yishai, 16, were killed Sunday on their way home from school when a Palestinian militant emptied his assault rifle into a crowded bus at one of Jerusalem's busiest intersections.
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.
April 26, 2002 |
In a makeshift courtroom Thursday, Palestinian officials hastily convicted and sentenced to prison four men in the killing of an Israeli Cabinet minister, steps taken in a bid to alleviate Israel's siege on Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. Acting inside Arafat's battered and surrounded headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah, a military officer took less than a day to pronounce the men guilty of violating Palestinian national interests.
March 9, 2003 |
The militant Islamic group Hamas vowed Saturday to assassinate Israeli politicians as revenge for the killing of one of its top ideologues in a missile strike. Ibrahim Makadmeh, a close associate of Hamas spiritual leader Sheik Ahmed Yassin, was among the most senior Palestinian figures killed over the last 2 1/2 years.
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.