January 30, 2005 |
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon will meet with new Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas next month to try to end a Palestinian uprising and resume peacemaking, both sides said Saturday. The meeting in the second week in February will coincide with a planned visit by new Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. The announcement follows a sharp drop in violence and an Israeli pledge to reduce military operations in Palestinian areas.
January 21, 2005 |
Israeli officials Thursday accepted a Palestinian plan to deploy hundreds of police officers to ensure quiet along the Gaza-Israel frontier, in the first act of security cooperation with Israel under new Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Israeli and Palestinian security officials said negotiations over the deployment were continuing, but the operation was expected to begin today.
August 18, 2003 |
The planned Israeli handover of two West Bank towns to Palestinian control were set back Sunday when Israeli and Palestinian security officials failed to agree on terms for the transfer. Negotiations on the transfer of Jericho and Kalkilya stalled over Israel's insistence that the Israeli army would retain roadblocks even after Palestinian security forces take over responsibility for the towns, said Elias Zananiri, spokesman for Palestinian security chief Mohammed Dahlan.
September 9, 2005 |
Israel's top court ruled Thursday that the army can demolish the synagogues of evacuated Jewish settlements in the Gaza Strip, clearing a last hurdle to withdrawing from the occupied territory. Rejecting an appeal by leading rabbis, the High Court of Justice accepted the government's position that leaving the 25 houses of worship intact would expose them to possible desecration by Palestinians.
November 3, 2003 |
More than 6,000 Palestinians were allowed into Israel to work Sunday as the government tentatively eased sweeping restrictions on movement that were criticized by the Israeli army chief of staff last week. Israel had restricted Palestinian travel within and out of the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip more than a month ago, cutting people off from workplaces, schools and services, after a Palestinian suicide bomber killed 21 people in the Israeli city of Haifa.
January 10, 2003 |
Israel's Supreme Court restored the candidacy of two Arab legislators in a ruling Thursday, overturning a ban that had threatened to bring a tidal wave of resentment from Israel's large Arab minority. The high court ruling was rendered by 11 justices, a number usually reserved for landmark cases. The court overturned a decision two weeks ago by the Central Election Commission to disqualify Arab legislators Azmi Bishara and Ahmed Tibi on grounds they sided with Israel's enemies.
June 11, 2001 |
Israelis and Palestinians angrily accused each other Sunday of violating a cease-fire after tank fire killed three Palestinian women--a shooting that Israel said may have been an army mistake. Palestinian security chiefs met with CIA Director George J. Tenet in the West Bank city of Ramallah, but a three-way meeting with Israeli commanders was postponed, Israeli officials said. The already tense atmosphere soured further after Israeli tank shells killed the women late Saturday.
January 22, 2006 |
Israel's defense minister hinted Saturday that the Jewish state was preparing for military action to stop Iran's nuclear program, but he said international diplomacy must be the first course of action. "Israel will not be able to accept an Iranian nuclear capability, and it must have the capability to defend itself, with all that that implies, and this we are preparing," Shaul Mofaz said.
January 29, 2006 |
The leader of Hamas suggested Saturday in the aftermath of its parliamentary election victory that the militant Islamic group could create a Palestinian army that would include its armed wing, which is responsible for scores of deadly attacks on Israelis. Israeli officials condemned the plan, demanding that Hamas renounce violence. Palestinian security officers, including loyalists from the defeated Fatah Party, said they would never submit to Hamas control.
April 24, 2005 |
Under heavy military guard, families in this Jewish settlement gathered Saturday for their Passover seder, the last time they and thousands of other settlers are likely to celebrate the holiday in the Gaza Strip. Some said they tried not to think about the Israeli government's plan to remove them from their homes this summer, focusing instead on the holiday that commemorates the delivery of the Israelites from bondage in Egypt.