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  • Shamir Voices ‘grief’ over U.S. Move in Hard-hitting Speech to the Knesset

    Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir accused the United States on Monday of causing Israel “disappointment and grief” by linking the Middle East peace process to the Jewish state’s request for loan guarantees to help resettle immigrants. Shamir’s fiery speech at the opening of the Knesset’s winter session seemed to foreshadow further conflicts with Washington if the… More ▸

  • Shamir Urges More Settlements, but Construction is Slowing Down

    Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir called Thursday for “maintaining the enthusiastic intensity” of settlement-building in the administered territories and said the settlements would soon prove a means for Israel to “attain our political goals.” Herut party settlement activists present at the session with the premier told reporters that in practice, the government appears to be slowing… More ▸

  • Argentine President, in Israel, Hailed As Peacemaker by Shamir

    Visiting Argentine President Carlos Menem was hailed Wednesday by Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir as an ideal peacemaker between Israelis and Arabs. Menem, whose parents came from Syria, could make “a major contribution to the atmosphere of mutual trust” between Israelis and Arabs, Shamir said after an hour-long meeting with the Argentine leader. He said Menem’s… More ▸

  • Baker and Shamir Make Progress on Peace Front, but Not on Loans

    Israel and the United States appeared to make some progress toward a Middle East peace conference this week but remained at loggerheads on the issue of U.S. guarantees for $10 billion in loans Israel is seeking for immigrant absorption. That was the situation after more than five hours of talks here Monday and Tuesday between… More ▸

  • Baker Meets with Shamir, but Fails to Resolve Dispute over Loan Money

    Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir and Secretary of State James Baker met for over three hours Monday but apparently failed to resolve the bitter U.S.-Israeli dispute over Israel’s demand for swift approval of guarantees for $10 billion in loans for immigrant absorption. The two men were closeted alone for more than 90 minutes without even a… More ▸

  • On Eve of Baker Visit, Shamir Trying to Tone Down Confrontation with U.S.

    Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir is trying to de-escalate Israel’s confrontation with the Bush administration over the guarantees it is seeking for $10 billion in loans needed for immigrant resettlement. With Secretary of State James Baker due here Monday on his seventh visit since the Persian Gulf War ended last March, Shamir urged his Cabinet ministers… More ▸

  • Shamir Confers with French Leader As Jewish Official Sees King Hussein

    Both Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir and King Hussein of Jordan were in France on Wednesday, though in different cities, and they did not meet. But Shamir, who had a “short and pleasant” talk with President Francois Mitterrand in Paris, was expected to meet later in the day with a French Jewish leader fresh from… More ▸

  • U.S. Rejects Shamir’s Defense of Using Terrorism for Just Ends

    The State Department has taken issue with a statement Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir made last week defending the use of “personal terrorism” to bring about the establishment of Israel. “No matter what the justification or objective, we condemn terrorism,” department spokesman Richard Boucher said Sept. 5 when asked about remarks Shamir made in a… More ▸

  • Shamir Trip to Bulgaria Going Well

    Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir’s visit to Bulgaria is going very well, according to reports from Sofia. It is the first visit by an incumbent Israeli prime minister to that southeastern European country, and it is expected to result in extensive trade, tourism and cultural ties. Shamir, who is accompanied by his Bulgarian-born wife, Shulamit, has… More ▸