Israel News

As Iraq War Looms, Bush, Sharon Plan

10/18/2002
Staff Writer
Even as they firmed up Israeli-American strategy in their handling of a war with Iraq, this week’s meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and President George W. Bush focused also on ways to best to defuse the Palestinian conflict. The Wednesday Oval Office meeting — the seventh since Sharon took office in March 2001 — was to ensure that both were on the same page to prevent surprises in the future, according to Gerald Steinberg, a political science professor at Bar-Ilan University.

Sharon: Raids Will Continue

10/11/2002
Staff Writer
Israelis braced for reprisal attacks following Monday night’s battle with Hamas terrorists in the Gaza Strip that killed 16 and injured more than 100, including many civilians. Despite a U.S. rebuke for the civilian casualties, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said more attacks to destroy the Hamas infrastructure in Gaza are planned.

Arafat Stalls On New PM

09/27/2002
Staff Writer
Using as an excuse Israel’s aborted 10-day siege of his Ramallah compound, Yasir Arafat this week delayed reforms of the Palestinian Authority demanded by the United States. And bolstered by a rise in his popularity during the siege, the Palestinian leader scuttled plans to appoint a prime minister until after the creation of a Palestinian state.

Millions Raised For Security, But School Kids Not Guarded

09/27/2002
Staff Writer
It was an advertising campaign that tugged at the heartstrings, complete with photos of adorable Israeli preschoolers. The message: These vulnerable children need protection from terrorist attacks. The campaign worked, attracting thousands of donors and raising nearly $320 million to date for the United Jewish Communities Emergency Israel Campaign. Of that, $20 million was allocated to provide security guards at kindergartens and other schools for which the Israeli budget could not pay.

Israel Fends Off Critics

09/27/2002
Staff Writer
The government of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon defended its siege of the Ramallah compound of Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat from intense criticism at home and abroad, saying the goal of the operation was to arrest those involved in terrorist activities who had sought refuge there.

Bush Seeks Allies For Plan

06/28/2002
Staff Writer
After delivering a speech on the Middle East many Jewish leaders privately admit they could not have written any better, President George W. Bush began seeking international support for the reforms he demanded the Palestinians implement before their state is born.

Israelis Believe Bush No Longer Key Factor

01/09/2008
Staff Writer
President George W. Bush’s visit to Israel this week accomplished part of what it was designed to do — prompt Israeli and Palestinian leaders to begin talking about the seemingly intractable core issues standing in the way of a peace agreement. On his arrival Wednesday, Bush spoke of the U.S. and Israel’s “deep desire for security, for freedom and for peace throughout the Middle East.” And he assured Israeli leaders that their two countries had a strong alliance that “helps guarantee Israel’s security as a Jewish state.”

‘Tension’ Seen Over Bush’s Israel Visit

01/02/2008
Staff Writer
President George W. Bush may be in for a rude awakening when he arrives in Israel on Wednesday. “If President Bush is coming here expecting to talk about [the] Annapolis [summit conference], the Iran report killed it,” said Gerald Steinberg, a political science professor at Bar-Ilan University.

Striking Back At Rocket Launchers

12/19/2007
Staff Writer
A Chanukah menorah still stood on the kitchen table in the Sderot home of Aliza Amar on Wednesday, one week after a Palestinian Kassam rocket struck her house and punctured her legs with shrapnel. “The house was blown apart,” said Mark Schiff, 53, a Los Angeles comedian who was touring the war-ravaged city as part of the Crossroads Comedy Tour that raises money for teens at risk.

As Talks Resume, So Do The Rockets

12/12/2007
Staff Writer
Israeli-Palestinian peace talks got under way in Jerusalem for the first time in seven years Wednesday even as Palestinian terrorists in the Gaza Strip tried to derail it by firing more than 20 rockets into Israel. Five people were lightly injured — including a girl in Sderot who was hit by shrapnel — and it prompted the city’s mayor to say he was resigning, unable to cope with the "desperate" situation there.
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