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  • Emissary Tries to Convince Shamir U.N. Could Facilitate Peace Process

    A visiting U.N. envoy tried and apparently failed Monday to convince Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir that the United Nations would never impose its will on the Middle East peace process and only wants to help advance it. Edouard Brunner, a Swiss diplomat acting as a special emissary of U.N. Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar, is… More ▸

  • Threat Fails to Convince Shamir It is Time to Hold New Elections

    Exuding confidence in the Likud-led government’s stability and its ability to weather looming domestic and foreign policy crises, Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir declared Monday that he is opposed to early elections and believes the present Knesset should serve out its statutory four-year term. Shamir spoke to reporters only hours before the 30-member executive committee of… More ▸

  • Shamir Sees Possible Emigration of Remaining Jews of Syria

    Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir said this week that chances seem to be improving for the emigration of the estimated 4,000 Jews in Syria. He told a group of Israeli activists that he makes a point of mentioning their plight in every conversation he has with foreign diplomats. U.S. Secretary of State James Baker, who met… More ▸

  • Shamir Tries to Calm Irate Protesters After Peretz Slams ‘godless Kibbutzim’

    Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir tried to calm tempers Sunday as thousands of kibbutziks and their supporters demanded that he fire Absorption Minister Yitzhak Peretz for insulting the kibbutz movement. They were backed by at least one Cabinet minister and more than a few Knesset members. Peretz, an Orthodox rabbi, stirred a furious controversy when he… More ▸

  • News Analysis: Israel Bracing for U.S. Reaction to Shamir’s Letter of Rejection

    Israeli officials are waiting in trepidation for U.S. reaction to Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir’s rejection of President Bush’s appeal for flexibility on procedural obstacles to a peace conference. Whatever solace they might have gained from the unruffled public responses at the White House and State Department so far was disrupted by a veiled hint from… More ▸

  • Shamir Tells Bush Israel Opposes Any U.N. Role at Peace Conference

    Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir reportedly has written a letter to President Bush saying that Israel will not agree to a U.N. role in the Middle East peace conference that the United States has been trying for months to arrange. Quoting sources in Washington, Israel’s army radio station reported late Thursday evening that Shamir turned down… More ▸

  • Shamir Still Opposes a U.N. Role, Suggests Conference Without Syria

    Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir continues to oppose a role for the United Nations at a Middle East peace conference, despite a plea for flexibility from President Bush. But the Likud leader still believes a peace conference can be convened, if necessary without Syria, a ranking Israeli government spokesman insisted Wednesday. If Washington “reads carefully”… More ▸

  • Shamir Planning Positive Reply to Bush Request for Flexibility

    Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir is drafting a letter to President Bush that “would enable the peace process to go forward,” a well-placed Israeli government official asserted Tuesday. The official disputed media reports saying that Shamir would reject a plea for Israeli flexibility contained in a letter Bush sent to the prime minister last weekend. The… More ▸

  • Shamir Bluntly Rejects Idea Jordan is Palestinian State

    Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir has bluntly rejected the notion that Jordan is the Palestinian state, an idea vigorously championed by Ariel Sharon and long cherished by hard-liners of the far right. Addressing the Agudat Yisrael Knesset faction Tuesday, Shamir said he preferred not even to mention the “Jordan is Palestine” concept, to avoid arousing the… More ▸

  • Mubarak Calls Shamir ‘unrealistic,’ but Says He is Willing to Meet Him

    Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has criticized Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir’s policies but is willing nonetheless to meet with him if it is “certain that the meeting would have concrete results.” He said he would be willing to go to Israel for the meeting. Mubarak held a series of high-level discussions in Rome last week… More ▸