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  • March 7, 2003

    The IDF carves out a 4 mi2 “security zone” in Gaza around Bayt Hanun, Bayt Lahiya, Jabaliya r.c. to prevent Palestinians fr. firing rockets, mortars into Israel; stations 100 military vehicles in...

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  • January 26, 2000

    Despite his cancellation of experts meetings with the U.S. (see 1/25), Barak says he is optimistic that talks with Syria will resume in 4+n6 wks. (MM 1/26)

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The IDF carves out a 4 mi2 “security zone” in Gaza around Bayt Hanun, Bayt Lahiya, Jabaliya r.c. to prevent Palestinians fr. firing rockets, mortars into Israel; stations 100 military vehicles in the zone; razes 100 dunams of land; says troops will stay indefinitely. The IDF also fatally shoots 3 Islamic Jihad mbrs. who attempt to infiltrate Netzarim settlement; conducts house searches in Nablus, breaking through walls to move from house to house. In the West Bank, 2 Hamas mbrs. dressed as yeshiva students infiltrate Kiryat Arba settlement, fatally shoot 2 Jewish settlers, wounding 6 before being killed by armed settlers. (HA 3/7; NYT, WP, WT 3/8; WP 3/9; PR 3/12; LAW, PCHR, WJW 3/13)

At the UNSC, UN chief weapons inspector Hans Blix reports that Iraq is cooperating with inspectors, who have yet to find evidence of WMDs; estimates inspections could be completed within wks. U.S. Secy. of State Colin Powell replies that Iraq clearly has not met the requirements for cooperation, disarmament set out in UNSC Res. 1441, saying, “There are some people who simply, in my judgment, don’t want to see the facts clearly.” The U.S., Britain submit a draft UNSC res. that would give Iraq until 3/17 to reveal all its WMDs or face retaliation. France, Germany, Russia argue for completing UN inspections, saying that lack of progress on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is much more of a threat to the region than Iraq. (WP 3/7; NYT, WP, WT 3/8; NYT 3/9; MM 3/10)

Despite his cancellation of experts meetings with the U.S. (see 1/25), Barak says he is optimistic that talks with Syria will resume in 4+n6 wks. (MM 1/26)

 Israeli and PA chief negotiators Oded Eran and `Abid Rabbuh hold a preparatory mtg. in advance of their intensive negotiations on the FAPS, which are set to start on 1/30. (AFP 1/27 in WNC 1/28)

Israel, the PA agree to move forward with plans to build 2 water purification plants along the 1967 border to serve both Israeli and Palestinian towns. Funding would come fr. the EU. (MENL 1/27)

PC passes the FY 2000 budget, its 1st balanced budget. It, however, does not include any funding to implement Arafat's promise to increase the salaries of more than 100,000 civil servants. (al-Quds 1/27 in WNC 2/1; MENL 1/30)

The UN names Swedish arms control expert Hans Blix as head of the new UN Monitoring, Verification, and Inspection Commission for Iraq (UNMOVIC). Baghdad says it will not allow UNMOVIC inspectors into Iraq. (NYT, WP 1/27; MM, WP 1/28; MEI 2/11)