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Arafat Takes Over ‘Liberated’ Hebron He Says Transition Another Step Toward Sovereign Palestinian State

A bodyguard grasps Arafat’s arm as security forces hold back the crowd Sunday. Photo by Associated Press


Netanyahu Wins Cabinet Fight Defends Peace Process In Hebron Despite Fierce Political Challenge To Troop Pullback

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu emerged victorious from the fiercest political battle of his term in office Wednesday as he found himself defending a peace process he once rejected and …


Extremists Pure Danger For Peace

When Pvt. Noam Friedman fired his Israeli army assault rifle at Palestinians in a Hebron market, he made clear a painful truth. He showed how dangerous the mixture of religion …


Peace Waits For A Nod From Arafat Vision Of Statehood Drives Talks

It is three months now since the word went out from Jerusalem and Washington that an agreement on an Israeli withdrawal from most of Hebron was “imminent.” That, paradoxically, may …


Talks Inch Along On Hebron Withdrawal

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met Friday with Palestinian security officials and spoke by telephone with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, capping a week of talks on an Israeli army withdrawal …


Israel To Expand West Bank Housing

The Israeli government has authorized major expansion of a Jewish settlement in the West Bank, a move that could increase frictions with Palestinians. Defense Minister Yitzhak Mordechai approved construction of …


Netanyahu Defends Meeting With Arafat

A day after finally meeting Yasser Arafat, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatened Thursday to fire any Cabinet minister who can’t accept his decision to talk peace with the Palestinians. Amid …


Israel Decides To Increase Settlements In West Bank Cabinet’s Action Could Result In New Outbreak Of Terrorism

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Cabinet voted unanimously Friday to ease a four-year freeze on settlements in the West Bank and Gaza - a move almost certain to increase the Jewish …


Peres Visits Oman, Plans Joint Ventures

Marking a new chapter in Israel’s expanding links with the Arab world, Prime Minister Shimon Peres made his first visit to the Arabian peninsula on Monday and declared his country …


Israel Agrees To Plan To Ease Restrictions On Palestinians Imports, Exports To Resume; Emergency Meeting Planned

A blindfolded Palestinian suspect is taken into custody in Bir Zeit. Photo by Associated Press


Egypt Rules Out Retaliation Against Sudan For Attack Ethiopian Forces Kill Suspects In Assassination Attempt

Egypt stepped back from its confrontation with Sudan on Saturday, ruling out any attack on its southern neighbor even if Sudan had a hand in the attempt on President Hosni …


Israel, Syria Discuss Golan Heights Pullout

Israel and Syria have been holding secret talks on a possible Israeli pullout from the Golan Heights, it was reported Monday, but Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin said any pullout would …


Syria, Israel On Verge Of Agreement Golan Heights To Be Returned, Officials Say, As Part Of Deal

President Hafez al-Assad of Syria was reported by Israeli officials Friday to have agreed to establish relations with Israel in return for getting back the Golan Heights, which his country …