February 4, 1991 |
Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir has been chided for years for a stolid, inactive approach to Israel's pressing problems--not just finding a solution to the Palestinian problem, but also resolving the country's economic woes and preparing for the influx of Soviet immigrants. In the Persian Gulf crisis, however, Shamir's relentless immobility is viewed as a plus. After Iraq launched volleys of Scud missiles at Israeli cities, the Bush Administration asked Israel to refrain from hitting back.
December 2, 1991 |
The government of Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir on Sunday reaffirmed its decision to boycott the Dec. 4 starting date for the Washington round of Middle East peace talks after a refusal by the United States to guarantee conditions on the future course of negotiations, senior officials said. Shamir's Cabinet had been expected to reconsider a decision taken last week to delay Israel's participation until Dec. 9.
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.
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.