Chronology: Arab-Israeli Conflict

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1996

Oct. 16: In Cairo, Palestinian National Assembly (PNA) president Yasir Arafat met with Egyptian president Husni Mubarak to discuss Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. Arafat also met with Jordanian prime minister `Abd al-Karim al-Kabariti on the same subject. Arafat accused Israel of reneging on its agreement to redeploy troops from Hebron. [10/17 NYT]

Oct. 17: Near Tulkarm, Israeli security forces arrested six Palestinians after discovering weapons and stolen Israeli military uniforms hidden in their homes. I lO/18 JPl Oct. 20: In Damascus, French president Jacques Chirac met with Syrian president Hafiz al-Asad to discuss the Arab-Israeli peace process and an increased role for Europe in the peace process. Israeli foreign minister David Levy issued a statement rejecting greater European participation. [10/21 FT, 10/22 FBIS]

In Cairo, Italian prime minister Romano Conti met with Egyptian president Mubarak to discuss the Arab-Israeli peace process. [10/22 FBIS] Oct. 22: In Jerusalem, French president Chirac met with Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu to discuss the Arab-Israeli peace process. [10/23 NYT, 10/24 FBIS]

On a tour of Jerusalem, visiting French president Chirac scolded his Israeli security detail, which had been shoving away Palestinians, reporters and Chirac's aides. Chirac accused the Israelis of deliberately harassing his entourage. [10/23 NYT]

Oct. 23: In Ramallah, French president Chirac addressed the Palestinian Council about IsraeliPalestinian relations. Chirac was the first head of state to address the Palestinian Council. Chirac expressed support for a Palestinian state and criticized recent Israeli actions. [10/24 NYT] Oct. 24: In Amman, French president Chirac met with Jordan's King Husayn to discuss the ArabIsraeli peace process. [10/29 FBIS] Oct. 27: In Sharm al-Shaykh, Egypt, Egyptian president Mubarak met with Israeli Labor Party leader and former Prime Minister Shimon Peres to discuss Arab-Israeli relations and on-going Israeli-Palestinian negotiations over Hebron. Peres announced that Syrian president Asad had agreed to meet with him to discuss the Arab-Israeli peace process. [10/28 FT, 10/29 FBIS] It was reported that Prime Minister Netanyahu approved a plan for Israel's National Oil Company to drill for oil in the Golan Heights. [10/28 WSJ]

In Husan, in the West Bank, a Jewish settler allegedly beat to death Palestinian Hilmi Shosi, aged 10. An Israeli official stated the boy died while being chased. [10/29 NYT, WP] Oct. 28: US special envoy Dennis Ross left Israel for Washington because of the lack of progress in Israeli-Palestinian talks, which stalled on the issue of Hebron. [10/29 NYT]

In Husan, Palestinians protesting the death of Hilmi Shosi clashed with Israeli security forces. Israeli authorities arrested the Jewish settler, Nahum Korman, said to be responsible for Shosi's death. Korman is the security chief of the Hadar Beitar settlement, near Husan. [10/29, 10/30 WP]

Oct. 29: In Sharm al-Shaykh, Egypt, Jordan's King Husayn met with Egyptian president Mubarak to discuss Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. [10/31 FBIS]

In Husan, Israeli security forces clashed with Palestinian demonstrators after the funeral for Hilmi Shosi had turned into a protest. [10/30 NYT]

In Jerusalem, right-wing Israelis staged a demonstration calling for Israeli troops to remain in Hebron. [10/30 NYT]

Oct. 30: The Jerusalem-based daily Al-Quds reported that Israel had approved the entry into PNA areas of 85 Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) members. [11/1 FBIS] Oct. 31: The Tel Aviv-based daily Ha'aretz reported that 90 percent of the buildings destroyed by Israeli authorities because of unlicensed construction were owned by Palestinians. However, Palestinians were only responsible for 60 percent of the unlicensed buildings. [ll/1 FT] Nov. 1: Israeli authorities charged Nahum Korman with manslaughter in connection with the death of Hilmi Shusi on 27 October. …