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  • October 26, 2000

    Israeli-Palestinian clashes intensify slightly. A Palestinian suicide bomber on a bicycle lightly injures 1 IDF soldier outside Gaza's Kissufim settlement. Islamic Jihad takes responsibility. The...

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  • January 16, 2000

    PM Barak postpones the 3d stage of the 2d FRD planned for 1/20, saying he has been too occupied with the Syrian track to review the FRD maps. (MM, NYT 1/17; JT, al-Quds 1/17 in WNC 1/19; WT...

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  • October 26, 1999

    Barak names Amb. to Jordan Oded Eran, to head final status negotiations with the PA. The PA reportedly does not think Eran is a senior enough figure, thinks his appointment is proof that Barak...

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  • January 28, 1999

    PM Netanyahu creates a U.S.-style National Security Council to coordinate military, intelligence, civilian geopolitical strategy; appoints fmr. gen., defense establishment veteran, David Ivri, as...

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  • August 22, 1996

    PA confirms that Arafat adviser Mahmud Abbas met today with Netanyahu adviser Dore Gold in Tel Aviv to discuss resumption of Palestinian-Israeli Steering and Monitoring Committee (PISMC) meetings...

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  • June 19, 1996

    In 1st cabinet session, PM Netanyahu creates U.S.-style national security council (NSC); appoints David Ivri, fmr. DM dir. gen., as its chief. Purpose of council is to institutionalize security,...

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  • January 3, 1995

    Israeli-PA Supreme Liaison Comm. meets in Cairo, makes no progress but agrees to 2 mtgs. btwn. PM Rabin, Arafat in coming wks. Each side presents list of other side's DOP violations. PA Planning M...

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  • January 10, 1994

    PLO-Israel talks resume in Taba, Egypt. Israeli delegation led by IDF Maj. Gen. Amnon Shahak, PLO by Nabil Shaath. Shaath estimates 3 weeks required for sides to reach Gaza-Jericho withdrawal...

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Israeli-Palestinian clashes intensify slightly. A Palestinian suicide bomber on a bicycle lightly injures 1 IDF soldier outside Gaza's Kissufim settlement. Islamic Jihad takes responsibility. The IDF blocks the main north-south road in Gaza, effectively dividing the Strip in half; bulldozes 7 dunams of Palestinian land nr. Kefar Darom. (MEZ, MM 10/26; NYT, PCHR, WP, WT 10/27; PCHR 10/29)

Pres. Clinton speaks to Barak about easing the violence, coming to Washington for talks on renewing negotiations. No agmt. is reached. (WP 10/27) (see 10/24)

In Washington, Israeli amb. David Ivri meets with officials fr. the National Security Council, White House to discuss Israel's supplemental aid request. (HA [Internet] 10/27; AYM 10/29 in WNC 11/1)

PM Barak postpones the 3d stage of the 2d FRD planned for 1/20, saying he has been too occupied with the Syrian track to review the FRD maps. (MM, NYT 1/17; JT, al-Quds 1/17 in WNC 1/19; WT 1/18; al-Quds 1/19 in WNC 1/24; WJW 1/20; JP 1/21; MEI 1/28)

Syrian FM Shara phones U.S. Secy. of State Albright to say that Syria wants Golan withdrawal to top the agenda of the 2d round of talks with Israel. Publicly, Syria says it has not yet agreed to resume the negotiations. (MM, NYT, WT 1/17; al-Nahar 1/17 in WNC 1/19)

Jordanian FM Abdallah Khatib, PA negotiator `Abid Rabbuh hold talks on the peace process. (JT 1/17 in WNC 1/19)

David Ivri assumes his post as the new Israeli amb. to the U.S., replacing Shoval. (WJW 1/20; JP 1/28; WJW 2/10)

In s. Lebanon, 1 Amal mbr. is killed in a clash with the SLA. (RL 1/16 in WNC 1/19)

Barak names Amb. to Jordan Oded Eran, to head final status negotiations with the PA. The PA reportedly does not think Eran is a senior enough figure, thinks his appointment is proof that Barak wants to conduct real negotiations in a back channel. (MM 10/26; NYT 10/27; AYM 10/27 in WNC 10/28; AYM 10/30, 11/1 in WNC 11/3; NYT 10/31; JP 11/5) (see 9/16)

Israel also announces that David Ivri, a fmr. air force cmdr. and DMin. dir. gen. who is now on Israel's national security adviser, will replace Zalman Shoval as amb. to the U.S. Washington reportedly asked for Ivri's appointment, just as Barak asked for Indyk to return as U.S. amb. to Israel (see 10/20). (MM, WP, WT 10/27; MM 10/28; JP 11/5)

U.S. special envoy Ross arrives in Israel for talks with Arafat, Barak in advance of the 11/2 Oslo summit.  During their meeting in Gaza, Ross, Arafat also discuss Israeli settlement activity, land confiscations, house demolitions. (AYM 10/26 in WNC 10/28; WT 10/27; AYM 10/30, 11/1 in WNC 11/3) (see 10/20)

In Israel, U.S. Defense Secy. William Cohen assures PM Barak, that the Clinton administration will press Congress to approve $1.2 b. in aid to help Israel implement the Wye accords; expresses concerns over Israel's proposed sale to India of Popeye air-to-surface missiles, which was jointly developed by Israel, the U.S. (WT 10/26; NYT, WP 10/27)

British FM Cook meets with the PA Jerusalem Affairs M Husseini at the American Colony Hotel in East Jerusalem for talks on Jerusalem's contested identity. Israeli, Palestinian security officials scuffle over who should guard Cook. (MM, NYT, WT 10/27; JP 11/5)

In Bethlehem, Palestinians, IDF troops clash for 2d day. Although the city is under PA security control, IDF troops are deployed to guard Rachel's Tomb, a Jewish religious site. A total of 30 Palestinians, 2 Israelis have been injured since 10/25. (MM, WP 10/27)

The IDF demolishes 2d Palestinian home in East Jerusalem in a 24-hr. period. (LAW 10/26)

In s. Lebanon, IDF shelling injures 4 civilians, damages 30 homes, an electricity station, and a water network. (RL 10/26 in WNC 10/27; RL 10/28 in WNC 10/29)

On the 5th anniversary of the assassination of its leader Fathi Shiqaqi by Mossad, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, aided by Hizballah, detonates a roadside mine in s. Lebanon, targeting IDF and SLA forces. This is the 1st time Islamic Jihad has staged an attack in Lebanon. No injuries are reported. (NYT 10/28; MEI 11/12)

PM Netanyahu creates a U.S.-style National Security Council to coordinate military, intelligence, civilian geopolitical strategy; appoints fmr. gen., defense establishment veteran, David Ivri, as head. (IDF Radio 1/28 in WNC 1/29; NYT, WT 1/29; MM 2/2; JP 2/5, 2/12)

U.S. Secy. of State Albright files to Amman to congratulate Jordan's new crown prince, Abdallah; asks Jordan to aid in overthrowing Iraq's Saddam Hussein. (MM 1/28; RJ 1/28 in WNC 1/29; MM, NYT, WP, WT 1/29; WT 2/3; RJ 2/3 in WNC 2/5; JP 2/5) (see 1/27)

Testifying before Congress, Gen. Anthony Zinni, cmdr. of U.S. forces in the Gulf, warns that the U.S.'s new policy of supporting Iraqi opposition groups in hopes that they will overthrow Saddam Hussein could be "very dangerous" if handled improperly. (MM, NYT 1/29; WT 12/30; MM 2/1, 2/5; see also WP, WT 10/22/98)

The Israeli daily Yedi'ot Aharonot claims that the Israeli Health Min. is keeping a specimen of the lethal variola virus despite a World Health Organization ruling in the late 1970s to destroy all specimens, vaccinations in light of the disease's global eradication. Health Min. says only that "no work is being done with the variola virus" in its laboratories. (YA 1/28 in WNC 1/29)

IDF demolishes a Palestinian home in East Jerusalem. (LAW 2/1)

PA confirms that Arafat adviser Mahmud Abbas met today with Netanyahu adviser Dore Gold in Tel Aviv to discuss resumption of Palestinian-Israeli Steering and Monitoring Committee (PISMC) meetings. (MM 8/23)

Egyptian Pres. Husni Mubarak says Cairo Economic Summit scheduled for 11/96 may be canceled if conditions of the peace process do not improve by then. (HA 8/23 in IL 8/23; RE 8/23 in WNC 8/27; NYT, WP 8/26; MEI 9/6)

 Arafat complains that Israel delays for 3 hrs. permission for him to fly his helicopter fr. Gaza to the West Bank to meet with fmr. PM Shimon Peres; cancels Israeli-PA mtg. on civilian affairs in protest. Peres ends up mtg. Arafat in Gaza. PM Netanyahu says Peres is undermining the government's peace process by mtg. with Arab leaders while in the opposition. (CSM 8/22; IDF Radio 8/22 in WNC 8/24; CSM, MM, NYT, WT 8/23; PR 8/30; MEI 9/6) (see 8/20)

PM Netanyahu decides not to establish national security council as originally proposed 6/19. Instead, a small team of advisers will be set up. David Ivri, who was to have headed the council, will stay on in his position as DMin. dir. gen. (HA 8/23 in IL 8/23; JP 8/31)

Jordanian government rejects request by 11 opposition parties to hold a demonstration in Amman 8/23 against abolition of the bread subsidy. (Star [Aman] 8/22 in WNC 8/27)

Turkey announces that it will continue to improve its relations with Libya despite U.S. legislation enacted 8/5. Turkey hopes to collect $350 m. owed by Libya to Turkish contractors. (Sabah [Istanbul] 8/22 in WNC 8/30; Turkiye 9/29 in WNC 10/2)

In n. Iraq, KDP-PUK fighting is in its 6th day. U.S. calls for a cease-fire. (MM 8/22) (see 8/17)

In 1st cabinet session, PM Netanyahu creates U.S.-style national security council (NSC); appoints David Ivri, fmr. DM dir. gen., as its chief. Purpose of council is to institutionalize security, foreign policy decision making in the PM's office, outside the FM, DM, while relieving the PM of carrying the DM portfolio (as PMs Rabin, Peres had done). Also sets up council of economic advisers (CEA). (QY, IDF Radio 6/19 in FBIS 6/20; MM, WT 6/20; JP 6/29; CSM 7/8)

New Israeli Transportation M Yitzhak Levi says he will not cede any of his departments to Sharon's new National Infrastructure Min. Agriculture M Eitan says he will leave the government before giving Sharon control of any water issues. (QY 6/19 in FBIS 6/20; MM 6/20) (see 6/18)

Israel's new FM David Levy terms upcoming Arab summit "superfluous"; says Arab states should stop worrying about Netanyahu's intentions and start looking for ways to improve relations with Israel. (QY 6/19 in FBIS 6/20; WP 6/20)

In Washington, France, Israel, Lebanon, Syria, the U.S. resume talks on a cease-fire monitoring comm. for 1st time since Israeli elections. Parties discuss points in dispute, return to their governments for input, hope this will be last round of discussions. Outstanding point remains rotation of comm. chair. (MM 6/20; RL 6/20 in FBIS 6/20) (see 5/21)

UN Secy. Gen. Butros-Ghali announces he will seek a 2d term as sec. gen. despite U.S. warning that it is prepared to use its veto as a permanent mbr. of the Security Council to block him. (NYT, WP, WT 6/20; MENA 6/20, SA 6/21 in FBIS 6/21; al-Hayat 6/22, MENA 6/23 in FBIS 6/25; MM 6/26; WT 7/6) (see 5/7)

Israeli-PA Supreme Liaison Comm. meets in Cairo, makes no progress but agrees to 2 mtgs. btwn. PM Rabin, Arafat in coming wks. Each side presents list of other side's DOP violations. PA Planning M Shaath threatens to quit as negotiator unless Israel moves forward on releases of Palestinian prisoners. (MM 1/3; HA, MENA 1/3 in FBIS 1/4; CSM, MM 1/4; VOP 1/4 in FBIS 1/5; VOP 1/5 in FBIS 1/6; CSM 1/6)

Egyptian FM Musa meets with Israeli FM Peres on sidelines of Supreme Liaison Comm. mtg. to discuss peace talks, settlements; hosts luncheon for Peres and Shaath. (IDF Radio, MENA 1/3 in FBIS 1/4; MM 1/4; QY 1/3 in FBIS 1/5)

Egyptian Pres. Mubarak, Israeli FM Peres meet to discuss negotiations. Peres says both agreed to eliminate all trade, tourism restrictions btwn. the 2 countries. (RE 1/3 in FBIS 1/4; QY 1/4 in FBIS 1/5; MM 1/5)

IDF claims Palestinian policemen involved in clash with IDF 1/2 were really Hamas mbrs. who had joined police force with intent of attacking Israelis inside Israel. (IDF Radio, QY 1/3 in FBIS 1/3; MM 1/4; QY 1/5 in FBIS 1/5)

Germany grants additional $13.8 m. to PA for job creation, for workers returning fr. abroad to start businesses. (WT 1/4)

Head of IDF planning branch, Maj. Gen. Uzi Dayan, suggests Israel will make preemptive strike on Iran to halt its nuclear program if it is found to pose a threat. (MM 1/4, 1/10, 1/11)

David Ivri, director-general of Israeli DMin., says he is investigating U.S. accusations that Israel illegally provided China with U.S. technological secrets, says Israeli spinoffs of U.S. technology may have been given. (WT 1/4; CSM 1/6; MEI 1/20) (see 11/28)

1000s of Palestinians rally against Israel at funeral for policemen killed by IDF 1/2. (MM 1/3; WP 1/4)

Poll of Americans conducted by Luntz Research shows 34% strongly opposed to U.S. deployment in Golan; 24% opposed; 35% favor; 11% strongly favor. 44% of those in favor would change their minds if troops could be target of terrorists. (WT 1/10)

PLO-Israel talks resume in Taba, Egypt. Israeli delegation led by IDF Maj. Gen. Amnon Shahak, PLO by Nabil Shaath. Shaath estimates 3 weeks required for sides to reach Gaza-Jericho withdrawal agreement (MENA 1/10 in FBIS 1/10; NYT, WT 1/10; CSM, WP 1/11)

"Kahane Chai" mbrs. assault U.S. journalist Robert Friedman, visiting West Bank settlement of Tapuah. Group holds Friedman responsible for "witch hunt" against late Rabbi Meir Kahane, murdered in New York in 1990. (WP 1/11; WT 1/12)

3 U.S. congressional staffers tour villages nr. Sultan Ya'qub, Lebanon, in search for evidence of IDF soldiers missing since 1986. (RL, VOL 1/10 in FBIS 1/10; WT 1/11)

U.S.-Israel Joint Political-Military Group begins 20th session of talks on U.S.-Israel strategic cooperation with mtg. of military affairs. subcomm. Plenum, chaired by Israeli DMin. DG David Ivry and U.S. Asst. Secy. of State Robert Galluci, to meet 1/12. (MM 1/10)

"Damascus Declaration" countries (GCC states, Egypt, Syria) issue statement on upcoming Clinton-al-Asad summit "affirming their strong backing for Pres. Asad." (MM 1/10)