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May 28, 2014
A recent news brief describing how the U.S. and the United Nations urged Israel to investigate the fatal shooting of two Palestinian teens last week after footage emerged suggesting the youths posed no immediate threat to troops should come as no surprise to readers ("Video suggests youths posed no threat to Israel," May 22). This past February, Amnesty International wrote a scathing report titled "Trigger-happy Israeli army and police use reckless force in the West Bank," which accused Israeli forces of displaying a callous disregard for human life by killing dozens of Palestinian civilians, including children, in the occupied West Bank over the past three years with near total impunity.
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July 10, 2014
The Sun's concern that "what has been a conflict between the Jewish state and aspirations for a Palestinian one is turning into a war between the Israeli and Palestinian people" wrongly presumes that the core of the Israeli-Arab conflict has been the Palestinian struggle for statehood ( "A dangerous turning point in Israel," July 8). If that truly was the case, the Palestinians would have accepted the 1948 partition of Palestine into Jewish and Arab states or would have created a state in the West Bank and Gaza prior to Israel's occupation of those areas in 1967 or would have accepted the opportunities for statehood offered by recent Israeli governments.
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NEWS
By Los Angeles Times | May 16, 1994
DAMASCUS, Syria -- Secretary of State Warren M. Christopher, in a move that will bolster Palestinian hopes for an independent state in the West Bank, said yesterday that he will travel to Jericho this week to meet with the newly established Palestinian self-governing authority there.By making the unusual visit, only days after a Palestinian police force replaced Israelis in the West Bank town, Mr. Christopher said he hopes to boost the Palestinians' confidence and trumpet the first concrete results of their long-running peace negotiations.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | July 3, 2014
The grisly discovery Monday of the bodies of three Israeli teens who had been abducted June 12 as they hitchhiked home from a West Bank settlement yeshiva set off a week of mounting violence in the region. Israel blamed Hamas and promised and delivered retribution in the West Bank, blowing up the homes of the alleged murderers and launching dozens of air strikes. Hamas threatened back, saying that “the gates of hell would open” if Israel went too far. On Wednesday, a Palestinian teen was abducted and killed, and a Palestinian official blamed “extremist Jewish settlers” as Arabs and Israelis battled in the streets of East Jerusalem.
NEWS
December 10, 2003
AMERICAN TACTICS against insurgents in Iraq are coming to resemble Israel's in its conflict with the Palestinians, and it's not hard to see why. For one thing, cordoning off villages and blowing up houses and seizing relatives of suspected fighters may simply be the most obvious policy for a big army occupying uncertain or hostile territory. But for another, it turns out that the U.S. Army has actually been coached by Israeli officers, according to several published reports. Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, the U.S. commander in Iraq, says that attacks by insurgents are likely to escalate through the winter and spring.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | September 20, 1996
JERUSALEM -- The Israeli authorities have approved plans to build nearly 4,000 homes in Jewish settlements in the West Bank, putting into practice a government decision to end restrictions on expanding settlements there and in the Gaza Strip.Palestinians say the land allotted for the new buildings was confiscated from neighboring Arab villages.But the settlers assert that it was bought by Jews.Pub Date: 9/20/96
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By Richard Boudreaux and Richard Boudreaux,LOS ANGELES TIMES | May 7, 2008
JERUSALEM -- Palestinian policemen dispatched last week to an unruly West Bank district clashed yesterday with Islamic militants there, wounding two of them during a crackdown that could influence peace talks with Israel. It was the first such confrontation since 480 police reinforcements marched into the city of Jenin before thousands of cheering residents Saturday to launch "Operation Smile and Hope." Jenin and outlying towns and villages, protected until then by a police force of 150, have been troubled by criminal gangs.
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By New York Times News Service | July 31, 2007
JERUSALEM -- A number of Palestinians who have fled war-torn Iraq will be allowed to come to live in the West Bank, Israeli officials said yesterday, presenting the decision as the latest in a series of gestures meant to bolster the moderate Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas. At the same time, the officials emphasized that the terms of entry will be designed to avoid setting any precedent regarding other Palestinian refugees of the 1948 Arab-Israeli war and their descendants and their long-standing claim of a right of return.
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By Doug Struck and Doug Struck,Jerusalem Bureau of The Sun | January 20, 1995
JERUSALEM -- Thirty months after he was elected and announced a freeze on Jewish settlements in the West Bank, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin said yesterday that he really will do it now.Mr. Rabin met yesterday with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat to try to diffuse Arab anger over the continuing expansion of settlements, anger that threatens to halt the peace process.Palestinians say the settlement freeze announced by Mr. Rabin in July 1992 has looked more like a spring thaw to them.
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By Los Angeles Times | August 9, 1995
JERUSALEM -- Israeli and Palestinian leaders have overcome a major hurdle in negotiations for expanding Palestinian self-rule by setting a general timetable for Israel's troop withdrawal from parts of the occupied West Bank.Yesterday's agreement for a staged Israeli army redeployment over 18 months marks the biggest breakthrough since the two sides began marathon negotiations about three weeks ago to continue implementing the 1993 Israeli-Palestinian peace accord, but it leaves many important issues unresolved.
NEWS
June 18, 2014
The article, "Israeli leader accuses terrorists of kidnapping 3 teens" (June 15), describes remarks made by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu concerning a recent event that took place in the West Bank. According to Mr. Netanyahu, anyone or any group who opposes and resists Israel's brutal occupation and oppression of the Palestinians is a terrorist. He conveniently ignores the fact that for over 45 years Israel has been stealing Palestinian land, water and natural resources, demolishing their homes, assassinating their leaders, engaging in mass arrests children and maintaining a strangulation blockade on the civilian population of Gaza.
NEWS
May 28, 2014
A recent news brief describing how the U.S. and the United Nations urged Israel to investigate the fatal shooting of two Palestinian teens last week after footage emerged suggesting the youths posed no immediate threat to troops should come as no surprise to readers ("Video suggests youths posed no threat to Israel," May 22). This past February, Amnesty International wrote a scathing report titled "Trigger-happy Israeli army and police use reckless force in the West Bank," which accused Israeli forces of displaying a callous disregard for human life by killing dozens of Palestinian civilians, including children, in the occupied West Bank over the past three years with near total impunity.
NEWS
February 4, 2014
Commentator Kenneth Lasson argues that universities should not boycott or divest from Israel, nor "inhibit Israeli scholars and scientists from obtaining grants or publishing learned articles" - all in the name of academic freedom ( "Academic extremism threatens democratic values," Jan 29). He claims the reasoning behind the boycott is flawed because "Israel has long been the most diverse, inclusive and tolerant of any Middle Eastern country," and further suggests that the boycott and divestment movement have their origins in an unsavory attempt to "draw a distinction between anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism.
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By John Murphy, The Baltimore Sun | January 11, 2014
Ariel Sharon, the daring Israeli general who as a field commander and prime minister became one of the most influential and controversial leaders in the Middle East, died Saturday. He was 85. Sharon, who had been incapacitated since suffering a severe stroke in 2006, was moved in 2010 to his ranch in the Negev desert at the request of his family. In September he underwent abdominal surgery, but his condition worsened this month as his organs deteriorated. Sharon's death at a hospital near Tel Aviv was announced by his son Gilad.
NEWS
December 17, 2013
I agree with Sherman Howell, "Nelson Mandela showed powerfully how one person can improve the world" [Dec. 12], but I think that it could serve a useful purpose to point out that, as far as the current adulation of Mandela by the U.S. is concerned, it was not ever thus. Did you know that Mandela was, until 2008, on the U.S. terrorist watch list, no doubt because of his perceived leanings toward communism? Did you know that the CIA was involved in his incarceration at Robbin Island?
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By Jim Hecht | August 13, 2013
Secretary of State John Kerry has accomplished what many Middle East experts felt was not possible. As a result of his hard work and skill, Israelis and Palestinians are scheduled to resume negotiations on resolving their decades-long conflict in Jerusalem Wednesday. It is not surprising that Mr. Kerry has given the Israeli-Palestinian conflict a high priority. Like all of his recent predecessors as secretary of state, as well as past national security advisers, Mr. Kerry understands what most Americans do not - that ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is of great importance to U.S. national security.
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By Los Angeles Times | November 1, 1993
JERUSALEM -- Israeli settlers, enraged by the murder of a 23-year-old man by Islamic militants, blocked roads in the occupied West Bank today.The main settlers' group, Yesha, said it blockaded 48 sites, preventing Palestinian villagers from going to work, many to jobs in Israel, in a further escalation of the growing confrontation between Israelis and Palestinians.Yesterday, Israeli settlers stoned Palestinian cars, bringing warnings that the protests could turn into a full-fledged rebellion against the government of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and its agreement on Palestinian autonomy.
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By New York Times News Service | August 5, 2007
JERUSALEM -- Palestinian officials said yesterday that Mahmoud Abbas, president of the Palestinian Authority, would meet tomorrow with the prime minister of Israel, Ehud Olmert, in the West Bank city of Jericho. An Israeli government spokesman could not immediately confirm the date or location of the proposed meeting but said that one would take place "very soon." A gap was already becoming apparent, though, between Palestinian expectations and Israel's stated intentions regarding what the meeting would cover.
NEWS
July 31, 2013
It's hardly an exaggeration to describe the long-awaited Israeli-Palestinian peace talks that reconvened in Washington this week as the pre-nuptial ceremony for an arranged marriage between a reluctant couple who neither like nor trust each other much. The two parties practically had to be dragged kicking and screaming to the altar, and there's no guarantee they'll stay there long enough to complete their vows. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry spent several strenuous months prepping the parties to resume negotiations that broke off in 2010, yet the most he was able to get for his trouble was an agreement to talk about future talks.
NEWS
March 26, 2013
KAL's cartoon of March 24 depicting President Barack Obama disinterring a dove representing the two-state solution, only to see the dove shot at by "Israeli extremists" and "Palestinian extremists" is witty, clever, and inaccurate. The cartoon lazily rehashes the simplistic but false narrative that zealots on both sides are responsible for continuation of the conflict and equally to blame for the lack of a peaceful resolution. In reality, the fact that in 2013, a Palestinian state does not exist is attributable to the 1947 Arab rejection of the UN partition of Palestine into Jewish and Arab states; Yasir Arafat's 2000 rejection of the contiguous Palestinian state offered by Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak in negotiations at Taba; and President Mahmoud Abbas' 2008 rejection of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's offer of a Palestinian state on 97 percent of the West Bank.
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