November 26, 2009 |
Israel imposed a 10-month moratorium Wednesday on approvals for new homes in Jewish settlements across the West Bank. But it appeared unlikely that the restriction, applauded by the Obama administration, would be enough to coax the Palestinians back to U.S.-brokered peace talks. The unilateral decision by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu marked a retreat from the pro-settler policies his right-wing Likud Party has pursued for more than three decades in and out of government. In a televised speech, he called it a "painful step" aimed to "encourage resumption of peace talks with our Palestinian neighbors."
December 29, 2011 |
For months many Israelis shrugged off the mosque burnings, the uprooted Palestinian olive trees and even the death threats against Jewish leftists. But when young settlers this month vandalized army bases and stoned Israeli soldiers, the question of Jewish terrorism turned into a national emergency. The recent flare-up in settler violence has puzzled many because it comes when there are no peace talks that might lead to land concessions, Palestinian attacks in the West Bank have dropped to new lows, and Israel is led by a conservative government that is expanding settlement construction.
March 16, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama heads to Israel this week with quiet hopes, but little real expectation, that by smoothing rough relations he can help restart the Middle East peace effort that went nowhere in his first term. Obama will not carry with him a detailed proposal for how Israelis and Palestinians might resume talks, such as the one he offered in 2010. He instead plans a listening tour in Jerusalem and in Ramallah, West Bank, to solicit views on what the two sides want and to explore what may be possible.
June 1, 2009 |
Tension between Palestinian factions exploded in their worst violence in nearly two years as a paramilitary police raid Sunday in the West Bank left six people dead. The clash underscored the risks for the Palestinian Authority as it moves forcefully, with fresh encouragement from President Obama, to disarm militants intent on attacking Israel. Hamas, the Islamic group that governs the Gaza Strip, said the clampdown on one of its armed cells would bring "tough and harsh reprisal" against the U.
June 5, 2009 |
Abdul Saafan, his wife and 51 children and grandchildren live on a fault line of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, squeezed into two modest homes smack up against a Jewish settlement in the West Bank city of Hebron. Six months ago an enraged settler wounded Abdul Saafan and his son Hosni, who were unarmed, in a shooting near their home. On Thursday, the family welcomed a powerful American guest to hear how he might relieve their fear.
March 21, 2010 |
Israeli forces killed a Palestinian teenager and critically injured another Saturday after a clash between Jewish settlers and Palestinians over a West Bank water well, officials said. It marks some of the worst such violence in more than a year and comes at a time of heightened tensions over Israeli settlements. Feuding between Palestinians and Jewish settlers over a spring at Iraq Burin village near the city of Nablus has occurred almost weekly. Palestinians accuse the settlers of trying to take control of the spring.
April 25, 2011 |
An Israeli man was killed and three others wounded Sunday when a Palestinian security officer opened fire on a convoy of ultra-Orthodox Jewish worshippers who had entered a religious site in a Palestinian-administered area without permission and then ignored orders to stop, Israeli and Palestinian officials said. The Jewish worshippers were attempting to make an unauthorized predawn pilgrimage to Joseph's Tomb, located in the West Bank city of Nablus. The incident threatened to further heighten tensions in the West Bank between Jewish settlers and Palestinians.
April 15, 1988 |
Palestinians who had traveled to a West Bank military prison to visit relatives clashed today with Israeli soldiers, who shot and wounded at least four Arabs, Palestinian sources said. The incident occurred outside a detention center in the West Bank village of Dhahiriya, Palestinian sources said. The army said it had no information on the incident. There also were demonstrations in at least five other towns and U.N.-run refugee camps in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip.
April 18, 2011 |
Israeli security officials said Sunday that they had arrested two Palestinian teenagers as suspects in the grisly slayings last month of five members of a Jewish family, including three children, as they slept in their West Bank settlement home. Military officials said Hakim Awad, 17, and Amjad Awad, 18, who are cousins, confessed to the killings. Local Palestinian officials said they suspected the confessions were coerced and complained that the two students had not had access to attorneys or family members.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 20, 1988
The Middle East Q & A was very instructive in presenting the Israeli perspective on the present crisis, and its historical background in Gaza and on the West Bank. A similar Middle East Q & A from the Palestinian perspective would be equally instructive, and desirable, for the sake of fairness and balance. MARCIA SIMONSON Los Angeles