March 31, 1998 |
U.S. peace envoy Dennis B. Ross ended a four-day Mideast shuttle Monday night without securing an agreement from Israel and the Palestinians on a U.S. initiative to restart the deadlocked peace process. Ross had been trying to get the two sides to accept a U.S. proposal for an Israeli withdrawal in stages from 13% of the West Bank--a pullback that would be accompanied by Palestinian steps to combat terrorism and help safeguard Israel's security.
October 17, 2005 |
Three Israelis were killed and three others wounded Sunday in a drive-by shooting by Palestinian militants in the West Bank, the Israeli military said. The attack, near a block of Jewish settlements south of Jerusalem, was the deadliest strike against Israelis since their nation's military completed its withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and a portion of the West Bank last month. It was followed by a similar shooting Sunday north of Jerusalem.
March 7, 1997 |
After angry and protracted debate, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's divided Cabinet decided early today to carry out another limited pullback of its troops from West Bank lands, in keeping with the Israeli-Palestinian peace agreements. The right-wing government voted narrowly to withdraw from 9% of the West Bank in the first of three such moves that are to take place before the end of next year. This withdrawal was far less than the Palestinians had expected.
December 10, 1997 |
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dug in his heels Tuesday against American calls for quick decisions in the Middle East peace process, saying Israel will not yield to external pressures on such critical issues. His comments came amid a flurry of reports that his government is under significant pressure from the Clinton administration to decide swiftly on a concrete plan and timetable for turning over more West Bank land to the Palestinians.
November 13, 1988 |
Young Arab activists in this West Bank village answer as one might expect when asked what they want from the meeting of Palestinian leaders that began this weekend in distant Algiers. They exude confidence that the Palestine National Council, the parliament in exile of the Palestine Liberation Organization, will declare an independent state for them on the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
November 1, 1989 |
Israeli troops and tax officials withdrew from Beit Sahur on Tuesday, ending a near-siege that failed to crush a tax revolt. For six weeks, they had restricted access to Beit Sahur and confiscated household and industrial goods from defiant residents. The withdrawal ended one of the most unusual episodes of the Arab uprising.
February 20, 1990 |
The Soviet Union, retreating before pressure from Arab countries, has scrapped a deal to allow direct airline flights from Moscow to Tel Aviv to carry thousands of Soviet Jews emigrating to Israel, U.S. officials said today. The effect of the Soviet decision will be to delay the emigration of hundreds--and perhaps thousands--of Jews because of a longstanding shortage of space on airlines leaving Moscow, the officials said.
November 21, 1998 |
As Palestinians celebrated the transfer of occupied lands to areas under their control Friday, another group of West Bank residents woke up to an uncertain future. By midday, after Israeli troops withdrew from a swath of the northern West Bank, Jewish settlers in two small communities east of the Palestinian city of Janin found themselves living in outposts on the edge of Palestinian-held territory.
July 23, 1998 |
It took only a few days, but an attempt by Israelis and Palestinians to talk directly about how to break the 16-month impasse over a further Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank was declared all but dead Wednesday. Last-minute involvement by Jordan's Crown Prince Hassan late Wednesday may have salvaged the contact temporarily. But each side projected extreme pessimism that the parties, if left to negotiate alone, would reach any understandings.
September 22, 1989 |
Palestine Liberation Organization Chairman Yasser Arafat, in an unusual direct appeal to the Israeli public, said Thursday that he endorses "open talks" with Israel, and he urged citizens to help him resist the most recent crackdown on Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. "How can you accept that, as Israelis?" Arafat declared, waving one of the controversial new identity cards required of residents in the occupied territories to help quell the 21-month-old Palestinian uprising.