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  • Israeli-Syrian relations: A timeline

    NEW YORK, Dec. 13 (JTA) — Following is a timeline of key events in Israeli-Syrian relations: November 1947 — Syria opposes the U.N. General Assembly’s partition plan envisaging Jewish and Palestinian states existing side by side. May 1948 — Syria and other Arab armies invade when the State of Israel is proclaimed. July 1949 —…

  • Israeli-Syrian relations: A timeline

    NEW YORK, Dec. 13 (JTA) — Following is a timeline of key events in Israeli-Syrian relations: November 1947 — Syria opposes the U.N. General Assembly’s partition plan envisaging Jewish and Palestinian states existing side by side. May 1948 — Syria and other Arab armies invade when the State of Israel is proclaimed. July 1949 —…

  • Saga of Swiss accounts ends

    NEW YORK, Dec. 7 (JTA) — The long, sad saga of dormant Holocaust-era accounts in Swiss banks has come to a somewhat inconclusive end. After hundreds of auditors pored over bank records for three years, a panel overseeing the massive research effort identified nearly 54,000 accounts that may have belonged to victims of the Nazis….

  • Hillary slammed for slow reaction

    NEW YORK, Nov. 14 (JTA) — First lady Hillary Rodham Clinton was detoured into a political minefield during her trip to the Palestinian self-rule areas. Clinton, considering a run for a New York seat in the U.S. Senate, had tried to keep the focus on youth and social issues. But Suha Arafat, the wife of…

  • Disturbing images of Jew vs. Jew

    NEW YORK, Nov. 10 (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak has won what was his first open confrontation with Jewish settlers since taking office. But, eager to protect the strong governing coalition he has formed, he is hardly looking forward to any repetition of what occurred Wednesday. In a scene reminiscent of the settler…

  • From Oslo to Oslo: a timeline

    NEW YORK, Nov. 2 (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat vowed in Oslo this week to press forward with the most difficult and delicate talks the two sides have yet faced – the final-status negotiations. The following is a time line of key events in the Israeli-Palestinian peace…

  • Rabin’s legacy of peace remembered

    NEW YORK, Nov. 2 (JTA) — President Clinton, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat were among those who invoked the spirit of Yitzhak Rabin at a ceremony held in Oslo, where the Israeli-Palestinian peace process began. Warmly recalling the slain Israeli leader Tuesday, the speakers not only recalled the tragic…

  • 15 parties, dozens of new faces promise drama for incoming Knesset

    NEW YORK, May 23 (JTA) — When the gavel sounds on June 7 to convene the 15th Knesset, there will be a record 15 political parties represented, promising a new season of raucous debate in the always contentious legislature. There will be 15 women sworn in — also a record — when President Ezer Weizman…

  • Kurds storm Israeli consulate after arrest of separatist leader

    NEW YORK, Feb. 17 (JTA) — Israel’s growing military ties with Turkey have embroiled the Jewish state in the Kurdish people’s 14-year-old separatist struggle against Turkey. That struggle reached the boiling point Tuesday when Turkey arrested the leader of the Kurdish separatists, Abdullah Ocalan, in Kenya. Kurdish protesters reacted with rampages throughout Europe, seizing consulates,…

  • Kurds storm Israeli consulate after arrest of separatist leader

    NEW YORK, Feb. 17 (JTA) — Israel’s growing military ties with Turkey have embroiled the Jewish state in the Kurdish people’s 14-year-old separatist struggle against Turkey. That struggle reached the boiling point this week when Turkey arrested the leader of the Kurdish separatists, Abdullah Ocalan, in Kenya. Kurdish protesters reacted with rampages throughout Europe, seizing…