Arafat

Suha’s Power

11/12/2004
Staff Writer
As Palestinian President Yasir Arafat struggled for his life in a Paris hospital this week, his wife, Suha, was lashing out at other Palestinian leaders and being branded by the press as the “first lady from hell” for being power and money hungry. She reportedly is seeking to keep as much as $6.5 billion her husband squirreled away.

No Diplomatic Explosion After Palestinian Statehood Deadline Passes

04/30/1999
Washington Correspondent

For months, officials in Washington had feared a diplomatic earthquake on May 4, when Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat, terming it a “sacred date,” threatened to unilaterally declare a Palestinian state.
Instead, next week’s long-feared deadline may pass with barely a rumble, thanks to intensive U.S.-Palestinian diplomacy and a new initiative from Washington that promises to revive U.S. mediation efforts after the upcoming Israeli elections.

Unlucky Arafat

03/26/1999
Washington Correspondent

Unlucky Arafat

Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat came to town this week seeking Washington’s blessing for Palestinian statehood in return for postponing a unilateral declaration on May 4, when the interim Oslo period expires. Despite the fears of some Jewish leaders, he didn’t get it.

Arafat's Money Pipeline

03/21/2003
Associate Editor
Israelís economy is reeling. Unemployment is high, the state coffers are empty, 3,000 teachers are laid off, and thereís a 30-billion shekel deficit (Haaretz, March 17). Yes, we in America can ìbuy Israeli,î but thatís like throwing pennies in a fountain. Well, we dutifully tell each other, Israel is doing all she can.

Arafat to Appear at Washington Prayer Breakfast, Jewish Leaders Prepare

02/05/1999
Washington correspondent

They Doth Protest Too Much?


Israeli officials were working overtime this week to preempt Yasir Arafat’s scheduled appearance at a Washington prayer breakfast, and to shift the focus of his meeting with President Bill Clinton to the question of Palestinian compliance.
But the strong Israeli counteroffensive, which included visits this week by emissaries of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Ariel Sharon, may have turned a minor event into a major international platform for the head of the Palestinian Authority.

Sharon Squeezed On Fence

09/19/2003
Staff Writer
The leader of a major West Bank settlement bloc threatened to lead a move to oust the Sharon government if it bows to American pressure not to place Ariel and other large Jewish settlements within the security barrier now under construction. Shaul Goldstein, mayor of the Regional Council of Gush Etzion, a bloc of settlements just south of Jerusalem with a strong historical and emotional tie to Israelis, said that if the Sharon government runs the barrier along the Green Line, Israel's pre-1967 border, "it will become a political fence, not a security fence."

New Role For Europe?

07/18/2003
Staff Writer
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon proposed a constructive role for European leaders this week while calling on them to severe all ties with Palestinian President Yasir Arafat, who in a compromise Monday with his new prime minister still retained a grip on power.

Arafat May Be Pushed Aside

05/10/2002
Staff Writer
At the same time a suicide bomber killed 15 in an illegal gambling casino near Tel Aviv Tuesday, President George W. Bush reportedly agreed in talks with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to shove aside Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat under the pretext of political reform of the Palestinian Authority. Senior Israeli officials in Israel were unable to confirm the report, which the Israeli newspaper Haaretz said it learned from sources within Sharon's entourage.

Summit Scrambling

The announcement that Israeli and Palestinian leaders will gather in the Washington area this week for a hastily arranged summit sent administration officials scrambling to prepare for the descending diplomatic hordes.

10/16/1998
Washington Correspondent
Summit Scrambling The announcement that Israeli and Palestinian leaders will gather in the Washington area this week for a hastily arranged summit sent administration officials scrambling to prepare for the descending diplomatic hordes.

Despite Progress, Showdown Looms

Gaps narrowed in Israeli-Palestinian talks, but no breakthroughs

10/02/1998
Staff Writers
Like Lucy holding out her football for Charlie Brown to kick again, President Clinton, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat once more raised the world’s expectations Monday for a breakthrough on their long-stalled peace agreement. But when the three faced an expectant White House press corps after their meeting, Clinton again voiced the phrases heard so often before.
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