March 30, 2002 |
As Israeli tanks rumbled through the compound of Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat on Friday, Secretary of State Colin L. Powell placed the blame for the latest Mideast upheaval squarely on Palestinian terrorists. But he said the United States will forge ahead with its latest diplomatic effort to work out a cease-fire. "Let's be clear about what brought it all to a halt: terrorism," Powell said in an appearance at the State Department. "Terrorism . . .
February 11, 2002 |
Palestinian gunmen killed two Israeli soldiers and seriously wounded four other people outside the Israeli army's southern command headquarters in Beersheba on Sunday as Prime Minister Ariel Sharon returned home from Washington.
January 18, 2002 |
A Palestinian militant armed with a gun and grenades burst into a crowded banquet hall in northern Israel late Thursday and opened fire on the dancing guests at a young girl's bat mitzvah. At least six people were shot to death and 30 others were wounded before police and enraged guests overpowered and killed the assailant. The attack in the city of Hadera came as a relative lull in violence evaporated, along with hopes for a breakthrough after more than 15 months of bloodletting.
January 3, 2002 |
With the return to the region today of the United States' special Middle East envoy, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon faces new pressure to move into broader diplomatic talks with the Palestinians--something he has steadfastly resisted. Retired Marine Corps Gen. Anthony C. Zinni will be picking up the pieces of his earlier peace-seeking mission, which coincided with a surge in violence before ending in failure last month. The U.S.
December 14, 2001 |
Israeli forces bore down on Yasser Arafat and his Palestinian Authority on Thursday, moving armor to within easy shooting range of his headquarters as fighter aircraft pounded this and other Palestinian cities late into the night. Armored Israeli bulldozers demolished Palestinian television and radio transmission facilities in a bid to silence the Voice of Palestine. Troops occupied towns across the West Bank and searched Palestinian homes.
December 13, 2001 |
Wednesday's commando-style attacks on Jewish settlers have finally given Israel the grounds it long sought to relegate Yasser Arafat to political oblivion--and may have doomed America's belated effort to avert an expanded war in the Middle East. Israel early today severed ties with Arafat, declaring that he essentially no longer exists as far as it is concerned, and launched wide-scale military attacks on Palestinian cities and villages across the West Bank and Gaza Strip.