November 17, 2009 |
A group of Israeli soldiers disobeyed orders to help dismantle several structures that Jewish settlers had built without government authorization in the occupied West Bank. A military spokeswoman said two of the soldiers were immediately sent to prison for 30 days and permanently dismissed from command or combat positions. Several others were still under investigation. The mutiny at an outpost near the West Bank city of Hebron followed a similar incident last month that raised concern about rebellion in the ranks of soldiers opposed on religious or political grounds to any settler evacuation in a future peace deal with Palestinians.
May 21, 1989 |
A day after Palestinians clashed with pursuing Israeli troops in a deadly shoot-out, the leadership of the Arab uprising in the West Bank and Gaza Strip called on its followers Saturday to take revenge on Israeli soldiers and settlers whenever Palestinians are killed by either. "From a position of self-defense and in order to make the enemy pay a high price for his crimes, we call on the strike forces to attack soldiers and settlers and to kill a soldier or settler for every martyr who falls," the latest leaflet of the underground leaders said Saturday.
April 6, 2005 |
Seeking to defuse tensions over his plan to withdraw Israelis from the Gaza Strip, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon on Tuesday met for the first time in months with representatives of the Jewish settlements that are to be emptied. Among the topics was a new proposal by settlers that would allow them to move en masse to a coastal area north of Gaza. The fence-mending session ended without decisions, but with promises of further talks, Israeli media reported.
December 29, 2011 |
For months many Israelis shrugged off the mosque burnings, the uprooted Palestinian olive trees and even the death threats against Jewish leftists. But when young settlers this month vandalized army bases and stoned Israeli soldiers, the question of Jewish terrorism turned into a national emergency. The recent flare-up in settler violence has puzzled many because it comes when there are no peace talks that might lead to land concessions, Palestinian attacks in the West Bank have dropped to new lows, and Israel is led by a conservative government that is expanding settlement construction.
April 10, 2012 |
JERUSALEM - Israel's government is scrambling to find ways to save some of the unauthorized West Bank settlements it once promised to dismantle, including some that are built partly on private Palestinian land. The new strategy seeks to retroactively legalize some outposts and, in other cases, relocate Jewish settlers to nearby land that is not privately owned, in effect creating what critics say would be the first new West Bank settlements in years. The approach by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's right-wing coalition government appears designed to avoid the need to carry out high-profile military evictions of settlers in order to appease conservative lawmakers, who have accused Netanyahu of betraying the settlers' cause.
January 4, 2010 |
Cruising down this disputed four-lane highway, with all its twists and turns, is like taking a road trip through the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. You pass the walls and barriers that keep Palestinians from accessing Highway 443 as it slices through their land. Then there are the hazardous corridors where Israeli drivers have been shot and killed. On one side is an Israeli settlement mushrooming on a hill. Turn the other way for a glimpse of an Israeli detention center for Palestinian prisoners.
April 17, 1988
"In 1604, shortly before the first permanent settlers in America arrived at Jamestown": so Fox Butterfield begins his review (April 3) of the history of an ancient Chinese family. What arrogance! The first permanent settlers in America arrived, from Asia as it happens, across Bering Strait some time before 10,000 BC. DONALD GREENE LOS ANGELES
August 22, 2005
Re "Israeli Forces Pour In to Evict Settlers," Aug. 17 The modern state of Israel has no more right, as some of the protesting settlers say, to "control the Biblical Israel" than the modern state of Italy has to reestablish the Roman Empire. What I can't understand is why the settlers want to remain in fortified enclaves, surrounded by barbed wire, guard towers and hostile territory. I should think they would find that to be too reminiscent of concentration camps. RON SAMUELS Studio City
June 1, 2003
Regarding "Seeing Ghosts on the Nez Perce Trail" (May 11): The point lost among all the hand-wringing over the plight of the Indian is that no other scenario was possible. American Indians weren't keen on integration and sharing. Their land was their land, God-given, and that's that. And the settlers did what settlers do: settle what hasn't been settled yet. There was no grand scheme to make or break treaties. They were made by necessity and broken by necessity. When the Nez Perce warriors started killing settlers, the Army had to react; the settlers had to have protection.