March 6, 2005 |
Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas said Saturday that he could not bring law and order to the West Bank until Israel handed over control of cities there, and he called on the Jewish state to resume talks on the issue. Israel promised to transfer control of five West Bank cities to Palestinian security forces last month. But it suspended talks after a Palestinian suicide bomber killed five Israelis at a Tel Aviv nightclub Feb. 25.
May 1, 2006 |
Israel modified the route of its West Bank barrier Sunday, moving forward with interim Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's plan to quickly define the country's borders. The Israeli Cabinet voted to reroute an area near the settlement of Ariel deep in the West Bank and approved putting temporary fencing around areas of Jerusalem abutting the West Bank. Palestinians said Israel was imposing its will over disputed land and trying to strengthen its claim to sovereignty over Jerusalem.
January 19, 1998 |
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet President Clinton in Washington on Tuesday without a government decision on how much of the occupied West Bank Israel would be willing to hand over to the Palestinians in another troop redeployment. The Israeli Cabinet voted Sunday to postpone a decision on the scope of a pullback until Netanyahu's return, hoping to give the prime minister maximum flexibility in his negotiations with Clinton.
August 16, 1996 |
The Israeli army has drawn up a secret multimillion-dollar plan to build more than 300 miles of roads throughout the occupied West Bank, Israel Radio reported Thursday.
June 22, 1990 |
Nelson Mandela stoutly defended his ties with Palestine Liberation Organization Chairman Yasser Arafat on Thursday, chiding those who he said had tried to misconstrue his position on Israel and saying that "we have no time to look into the internal affairs of other countries." Mandela was questioned on the matter extensively during a "town meeting" segment of ABC-TV's "Nightline" aired Thursday night.
December 6, 2002 |
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has approved plans that would seal off northern Israel from the West Bank by extending a security fence to defend against Palestinian attacks, government officials said Thursday. Construction of the fence began in northern Israel earlier this year to try to prevent attacks by Palestinian militants spearheading an uprising for independence. News that work is to press ahead is likely to further anger Palestinians.
December 28, 1997 |
Israel on Saturday rejected a plan Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat intends to propose in forthcoming talks with President Clinton that international troops be deployed in the West Bank. Arafat's plan, which was unveiled at his weekly Cabinet meeting Friday, is to have the soldiers patrol areas of the West Bank that Israel views as vital for its security, allowing the Jewish state to withdraw its troops.
March 29, 1996 |
Israeli security forces arrested 376 Palestinians in the West Bank on Thursday in the biggest raid to date in an area under its joint control with the Palestinian Authority. The sweep against students from Birzeit University sparked stone-throwing demonstrations by Palestinians against Israeli soldiers in joint patrols with Palestinian police on the outskirts of the Palestinian-ruled town of Ramallah.
March 21, 2005 |
Israeli and Palestinian commanders met Sunday to work out the final details of a hand-over of this town to Palestinian security forces, but the session ended without an agreement. Earlier, Israel's defense minister said Tulkarm's hand-over would take place today, making it the second of five West Bank towns to be transferred to Palestinian control. Palestinian officials said the two sides would reconvene today.
July 15, 1995 |
Even as it prepares to pull its troops out of West Bank towns and villages, Israel has infuriated the Palestinians by insisting that it will not relinquish control over the area's critical water resources. So serious is the dispute over water that both sides say they may not be able to resolve it in time to meet their July 25 deadline for signing an agreement expanding Palestinian self-rule to the West Bank.