July 14, 2003 |
Two Palestinian militant groups responsible for most of the suicide bombings against Israelis vowed yesterday they will not surrender their weapons despite a cease-fire and warned that attempts to disarm them could bring down the truce with Israel. Hamas and Islamic Jihad issued the warning and accused the Palestinian Authority of bowing to Israeli demands it disarm the militants as part of the U.S.-backed "road map" peace plan.. The tensions came as Israeli and Palestinian security forces searched for an Israeli taxi driver feared kidnapped by Palestinian militants aiming for a prisoner swap with Israel.
December 12, 1996 |
Gunmen sprayed a car carrying a family of Israeli settlers yesterday, killing a woman and her 12-year-old son as they traveled along a road in the occupied West Bank. The shooting, which wounded five others, came shortly after nightfall. Three assailants in a car with Palestinian license plates opened fire with a pair of automatic weapons, according to Avigdor Schatz, a security official at the nearby Jewish settlement of Beit El. The attack on the family's blue Volkswagen, which carried Israeli plates, occurred near the Palestinian village of Surda, north of Ramallah, on a road built by Israeli authorities so that settlers could avoid passing through the surrounding Arab communities.
March 11, 2012 |
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Israel pounded Gaza for the second day in a row Saturday, trading air strikes and rocket fire with Palestinian militants and killing 15 of them as the deadliest Gaza violence in more than a year showed no signs of abating. Despite Egyptian efforts to mediate a cease-fire, Palestinians fired more than 100 rockets, some striking major cities in southern Israel and seriously wounding an Israeli civilian. The military responded with more than a dozen air strikes and the targeted killings of Palestinian militants from various Gaza organizations.
December 12, 2011 |
JERUSALEM - Israel's new ambassador to Egypt is scheduled to arrive in Cairo on Monday, an official said, three months after rioters ransacked the Israeli Embassy there. Relations between the two countries have been strained since an uprising toppled Egypt's longtime leader Hosni Mubarak in February. Still, both governments seem eager to preserve an alliance that is a cornerstone of Mideast stability. Israeli Ambassador Yaakov Amitai will join a small number of embassy staffers still in Cairo, the official said.
March 18, 2005 |
Palestinian militants declare one-year truce Meeting in Egypt, Palestinian militants declared a halt to attacks on Israel for the rest of this year, their longest cease-fire promise ever and a victory for Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas.But they warned yesterday the truce would collapse if Israel does not hold its own fire and release Palestinian prisoners. Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon described the announcement as a "positive first step," though he insisted that for greater progress to take place "terrorist organizations cannot continue to exist as armed groups.
March 25, 1997 |
The Palestinian Authority yesterday rejected Israel's demand that it crack down on Muslim militants and said it had suspended security ties with the Jewish state amid Israeli fears of more suicide bombings. In the West Bank, meanwhile, hundreds of Palestinian demonstrators clashed with Israeli troops for the fifth straight day. Israeli security forces remained on alert for attacks by Palestinian militants three days after a suicide bomber killed three women in a Tel Aviv cafe.
June 10, 2003 |
Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas said again yesterday that he saw "no alternative to dialogue" in pursuing a cease-fire with Palestinian militants who have stepped up attacks on Israelis since last week's Aqaba, Jordan, summit on the road map to peace. "Dialogue" implies rejoinder, and so far, the only response by Palestinian militants has been a flat rejection of talks with Abbas, also known as Abu Mazen. Representatives of Hamas, the leading "rejectionist" group, responded by again shunning discussion.
March 21, 2011
Hamas rockets target Israel JERUSALEM - Palestinian militants fired two rockets into southern Israel on Sunday, and Israeli troops killed two Palestinians in a new outburst along the volatile border with Gaza. The violence came a day after Palestinian militants fired more than 50 mortar shells into Israel - the heaviest barrage since a bruising Israeli military offensive in Gaza two years ago. Both sides have largely honored an informal cease-fire since the 2009 war, in which about 1,400 Palestinians were killed, including militants and civilians.
April 10, 2011 |
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Palestinian militants fired more than 30 rockets at southern Israel on Saturday and Israeli warplanes killed five militants in the Gaza Strip in the most intense fighting since Israel's 2008-09 offensive in the Hamas-ruled territory. The escalating series of strikes and counterstrikes has killed 18 Gazans since it began on Thursday following a Hamas missile attack against an Israeli school bus. The continuing clashes are increasing the probability of a full-scale military confrontation.
January 8, 2009
WE SHARE cartoonist Signe Wilkinson's pain at seeing the toll taken by civilians in Israel's military operations in Gaza. Any civilian death is regrettable and tragic. However, Israel is taking maximum precautions to avoid harming civilians in the area. Israel has shown the utmost restraint in dealing with Hamas' blatant hostility. It has, tragically, not succeeded in stopping the lethal rocket attacks aimed at Israeli civilians. Hamas bears sole responsibility for the current situation in Gaza.