March 27, 2002
It is encouraging to read a joint appeal for peace signed by both an Arab American and a Jewish American ("The Only Hope for Peace," by George Salem and Marvin Lender, Opinion, March 24). It is more constructive to pave the way toward peace than to debate which side is more to blame for the calamity. The war of mutual destruction has gone on long enough and does not serve either side. It would be even more encouraging to read a similar joint appeal by Palestinians and Israelis to their respective constituencies.
March 15, 1993 |
A member of the Israeli Cabinet proposed Sunday that the strife-torn Gaza Strip be turned over to the Palestine Liberation Organization as the first step in the establishment of a Palestinian state. Yossi Sarid, leader of the dovish Meretz bloc and environment minister in the coalition government, went well beyond previous calls for Israeli withdrawal from the troublesome region to argue that Gaza could become a political catapult that would hasten resolution of the Palestinian question.
December 11, 1986 |
Yossi Sarid, a prominent left-wing legislator, suffered a minor heart attack after a heated debate in the Israeli Parliament and was in stable condition at Jerusalem's Hadassah Hospital, a hospital spokeswoman said Wednesday. Israel radio said Sarid collapsed after a Parliament discussion of state censorship on films and plays in Israel. Sarid, 46, often launches battles for human rights issues and frequently speaks in Parliament to defend his political views.
August 23, 1985
A Knesset member charged that a state comptroller's report shows that much of the land bought by Israelis in the occupied West Bank was obtained by "forgery, deceit, pressures and threats." Yossi Sarid of the Labor Party said, "All this high-flown talk of 'redeeming the land, Zionism and pioneering' serves as a cover for corruption and cheating." The report shows that 12,500 of 17,500 acres purchased by Jews from Arabs were obtained irregularly.
September 10, 1994 |
Talks on crucial foreign aid to support Palestinian autonomy broke down Friday in a dispute between Israel and the Palestinians over whether some of the funds could be used in East Jerusalem. The conflict drew an angry rebuke from the talks' sponsor, the World Bank, which said the aid issue is too important to be "derailed by the two main parties." The bank said it would try to resume the negotiations but set no date for reconvening the delegations from donor nations.
December 29, 1999 |
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak kept his ruling coalition intact Tuesday after his government agreed to pay millions of dollars for programs favored by the ultra-Orthodox Shas Party. The Shas Party, which holds 17 seats in the 120-member parliament, had threatened Monday to bolt Barak's six-faction coalition if its fiscal demands weren't met.