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  • November 15, 2000

    Israeli-Palestinian clashes intensify, leaving 8 Palestinians, 1 German doctor dead, over 110 Palestinians injured. (1 Palestinian dies en route to the hospital when his ambulance is blocked by...

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  • March 18, 1999

    3 Palestinian officials hold routine mtg. with 18 EU consular officials at Orient House in East Jerusalem. In protest, Israel imposes travel limits on the 3 officials. EU special...

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  • November 21, 1997

    Pres. Clinton hosts luncheon for fmr. Israeli PM Shimon Peres, Leah Rabin, widow of assassinated PM Yitzhak Rabin. (MA 11/23 in WNC 11/26; NYT, WT 11/24; MM 11/25; NYT 11/26; WJW 11/27)

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  • November 9, 1995

    In his 1st visit to Israel, Arafat flies to Tel Aviv to pay his condolences to Leah Rabin. (MM, NYT, WP 11/10; QY 11/10 in FBIS 11/13; WT 11/11; CSM 11/13)

    British Foreign Secy. Malcolm...

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  • November 7, 1995

    In Jerusalem, Acting PM Peres says he will not call early elections. (CSM, NYT, WP, WT 11/8)

    Shin Bet gives cabinet a preliminary report on security guarding PM Rabin at the peace rally;...

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Israeli-Palestinian clashes intensify, leaving 8 Palestinians, 1 German doctor dead, over 110 Palestinians injured. (1 Palestinian dies en route to the hospital when his ambulance is blocked by Jewish settlers for over an hr.) A 9th Palestinian dies of injuries received earlier. The IDF shells Fatah headquarters in Hebron, Salfit, Tulkarm and an armory in Jericho. The IDF also shells residential areas of Bayt Jala, Bethlehem, Dayr al-Balah, Nablus, Tulkarm and bulldozes Palestinian agricultural lands in Rafah. IDF shelling in Bayt Jala damages a school and a cultural center, destroys an unfinished apartment complex. In Hebron, Jewish settlers vandalize Palestinian property, uproot trees, damage an irrigation system. (ADM, LAW 11/15; AP, HA [Internet], LAW, MM, NYT, WP, WT 11/16; NYT, WP 11/17)

A demonstration in support of the Palestinians is held at New York University, where 2 IDF soldiers speak as part of a national tour to present the Israeli position on the ongoing clashes. (al-Awda Internet news group 11/15)

On the anniversary of the PLO's 1988 declaration of independence in Algiers, the PA does not unilaterally declare a Palestinian state or reaffirm the Algiers declaration as Israel, the U.S. had feared. Due to the ongoing closure, the PLOCC is unable to meet as planned. (AP 11/15) (see 9/10)

Senior Israeli, PA officials reportedly hold a secret mtg. at the Egyptian mission to the UN in New York to discuss options for a UN buffer force in the West Bank, Gaza. (WP 11/16, 11/18)

First Lady Hillary Clinton (the senator-elect fr. NY), U.S. special envoy Ross, Russian FM Ivanov are among those who attend the funeral of PM Yitzhak Rabin's widow, Leah Rabin, who died on 11/12. Arafat sends his condolences via video tape, which is aired on Israeli TV. Afterward, Ross meets with Barak. (MA [Internet], MM 11/15; MM, NYT, WJW, WP, WT 11/16; JP 11/24)

In Marseilles, France, a 2-day Euro-Mediterranean FMs mtg. opens to review regional cooperation efforts over the past 5 yrs. The session focuses on the Israeli-Palestinian crisis as it affects regional stability. (AFP [Internet], JT [Internet] 11/15; see also JT 11/13 in WNC 11/14; AYM 11/14 in WNC 11/15; SA 11/15, ANSA, ATL 11/16 in WNC 11/17)

In Lebanon, PM Hariri, Hizballah spiritual leader Shaykh Hassan Nasrallah hold their 1st in 8 yrs. during which they reportedly agreed not to give Israel a pretext to strike Lebanon while upholding Beirut's right to recover Shaba` Farms, to coordinate efforts to keep the issue of Syria's troop presence in the country out of the public domain. (MM 11/17)

3 Palestinian officials hold routine mtg. with 18 EU consular officials at Orient House in East Jerusalem. In protest, Israel imposes travel limits on the 3 officials. EU special envoy Miguel Moratinos also meets with PM Netanyahu to stress that the EU has not changed its position on Jerusalem. (AFP 3/18 in WNC 3/22; MM, NYT, WP 3/19; al-Quds 3/19 in WNC 3/22; WP 3/20; MM 3/22; MEI, PR 3/26; MM 3/29; YA 3/30 in WNC 3/31; YA 4/2 in WNC 4/5) (see 3/12)

PM Netanyahu tells the Knesset Defense and Foreign Affairs Comm. that he is preparing a plan for partial pull-out fr. s. Lebanon, but he still rules out an unconditional withdrawal. (MEI 3/26) (see 3/3)

At the White House, Leah Rabin presents Pres. Clinton with an award for peace-making on behalf of the Yitzhak Rabin Center for Israel Studies. PM candidate Mordechai attends, raising complaints among Netanyahu supporters that the U.S. wants to influence the outcome of upcoming Israeli elections. (WJW 3/25)

IDF demolishes 2 homes in Arnun, Lebanon, as a warning to residents who aid Hizballah. (VOL 3/18, RL 3/19 in WNC 3/22) (see 2/28)

Pres. Clinton hosts luncheon for fmr. Israeli PM Shimon Peres, Leah Rabin, widow of assassinated PM Yitzhak Rabin. (MA 11/23 in WNC 11/26; NYT, WT 11/24; MM 11/25; NYT 11/26; WJW 11/27)

Palestine Report says that Israel is considering a plan to use Har Homa settlement for military housing. (PR 11/21)

Iraqi Dep. PM `Aziz makes unexpected visit to Syria, marking 1st trip by top Iraqi official since Baghdad, Damascus severed ties 17 yrs. ago; proposes reopening Iraq's oil pipeline to Syria. (WP 11/22; SATN 11/22, al-Dustur, Saudi Arabian Television 11/23, SA 11/24 in WNC 11/26; MM 11/24, 12/1; WT 1/8)

UNSCOM inspectors return to Iraq. (CSM 11/21; NYT, WT 11/22) (see 11/20)

In his 1st visit to Israel, Arafat flies to Tel Aviv to pay his condolences to Leah Rabin. (MM, NYT, WP 11/10; QY 11/10 in FBIS 11/13; WT 11/11; CSM 11/13)

British Foreign Secy. Malcolm Rifkind meets with PM Peres in Israel; then meets with Arafat. (JTV, VOP 11/9, JTV, RJ 11/10 in FBIS 11/13; NYT 11/11)

Israeli police arrest 3 friends of Yigal Amir--Drori Adini, Michael Epstein, Ohad Skornik--in connection with Rabin's assassination; say they believe Amir did not act alone. In the yard of the nursery school in Herziliya run by Amir's mother, police uncover crates of arms, grenades, explosives, detonator, fuses. Of the 5 arrested thus far, all are native-born religious nationalists, in their 20s, fr. middle-class backgrounds; all completed military service, 2 in elite brigades; 4 attended Bar-Ilan University. (MM 11/9; QY 11/9 in FBIS 11/9; CSM, NYT, WP 11/10; NYT, WT 11/11)

In Jerusalem, Acting PM Peres says he will not call early elections. (CSM, NYT, WP, WT 11/8)

Shin Bet gives cabinet a preliminary report on security guarding PM Rabin at the peace rally; says there were not enough bodyguards, guards failed to form a phalanx around Rabin, intelligence had inadequate information on Jewish extremists. (WP, WT 11/8; MM, NYT, WT 11/9)

In television, press interviews, Leah Rabin, Rabin's widow, accuses Netanyahu, Likud of inciting violence; blames them for Rabin's death. (MM, NYT, WP, WT 11/8)

Justice M Liba'i says the government is writing legislation to crack down on militants, tightening restrictions against inciting violence and perhaps banning demonstrations outside elected officials' homes. (IDF Radio, YA 11/7 in FBIS 11/8; WP 11/8)

Israeli police search Kfar Tapuah, a settlement nr. Nablus which has a large Kahane Chai following, looking for links btwn. the Amir brothers and the banned movements Kahane Chai, Kach. 4 rightist nationalists who praised Rabin's assassination are arrested, questioned, but released for lack of evidence. (MM 11/7; IDF Radio, QY 11/7 in FBIS 11/8; NYT, WP, WT 11/8)

Eyal, Kach leaders go underground, fearing their arrest by the IDF. Eyal head Avishai Raviv admits Yigal Amir was a mbr. of his organization. (NYT, WP 11/8) (see 11/4)

IDF eases closure, allowing Gaza laborers over 35 yrs old, West Bank laborers over 30 yrs old into Israel. (IDF Radio 11/7 in FBIS 11/7; NYT, WT 11/8) (see 11/4)