August 9, 1988 |
King Hussein flew to Damascus on Monday and immediately began discussions with Syrian President Hafez Assad on Jordan's break with the Israeli-held West Bank and peace efforts to end the Persian Gulf War. The king was accompanied by Prime Minister Zaid Rifai on what was expected to be a one-day trip. Jordan has backed Iraq in the gulf war but has stayed on good terms with Syria, which supports non-Arab Iran. Meanwhile, Assistant Secretary of State Richard W.
July 14, 2002 |
In the weeks since tanks rolled into the West Bank, Israelis and Palestinians have debated whether Israel has turned back the clock. Has the old Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories really resumed? Does the current military incursion shut the door on the 1993 Oslo peace accords, which had given the Palestinians a measure of autonomy and put them on what just a few years ago looked to be an inevitable trajectory toward statehood?
September 24, 1995 |
After more than 70 hours of talks, Israeli and Palestinian negotiators said this morning that they expected to initial a formal agreement later today on expanding Palestinian self-rule throughout the West Bank and holding elections there. Under the terms of the agreement, Israeli troops will begin pulling out of Palestinian towns by the end of October and handing over their administration to Palestinians.
September 14, 1999 |
With a self-imposed one-year deadline for ending decades of conflict, Israel and the Palestinian Authority on Monday opened negotiations on the last and most difficult issues blocking a definitive peace.
December 23, 2005 |
Israeli troops killed three Palestinian militants Thursday during an arrest raid in the West Bank, and Israel later threatened stepped-up measures to quell rocket fire from the Gaza Strip after a salvo wounded five of its soldiers. Security officials said one of the fighters killed in the city of Nablus commanded a local militia affiliated with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.
December 13, 2002 |
Under disputed circumstances, the Israeli army killed five unarmed Palestinians who were crawling on their bellies before dawn Thursday toward the high barbed-wire barrier that separates the Gaza Strip from Israel. In another incident, a Palestinian militant was shot dead by Israeli troops while trying to cut the fence surrounding a Jewish settlement in the central Gaza Strip.
November 8, 2007 |
Israel is enlarging 88 of its 122 West Bank settlements despite an agreement to halt the spread of Jewish communities in Palestinian territory, the watchdog group Peace Now said Wednesday. A report by the group, which documented the construction of new homes with aerial photography and on-site visits, heated up the debate here over a key issue for the U.S.-sponsored peace summit planned by year's end.
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.