Chronology: Arab-Israeli Conflict

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ARAB-ISRAELI CONFLICT

See also, Palestinian Affairs, Israel

Oct. 17: Israeli Tourism Minister Rehavam Ze'evi was shot dead in a Jerusalem hotel. The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), which claimed responsibility, said the killing was carried out in retaliation for the assassination of their own leader, Abu `Ali Mustafa, several months earlier. [BBC, 10/17]

Oct. 19: Israel sent tanks and bulldozers into the Palestinian-controlled towns of Bethlehem and Beit Jala. [BBC, 10/19]

Oct. 31: Israeli security forces killed Jamil Jadalla, a senior member of the Palestinian militant group Hamas, and five other Palestinians in several separate incidents. They said that Jadalla had been wanted in connection with attacks on Israel, including a suicide bombing at a Tel Aviv disco on June 1 in which 20 teenagers died. [BBC, 10/31]

Nov. 4: A Palestinian gunman opened fire on an Israeli bus in Jerusalem, killing two people and wounding at least 12. [BBC, 11/ 4]

Israeli helicopters launched rocket attacks on Palestinian targets in the Gaza Strip. Hours before the attacks, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon cancelled a planned summit meeting with President George W. Bush. [BBC, 11/4]

Nov. 6: Two Palestinian activists were killed after an explosion hit their car in the West Bank town of Jenin. The Acting Mayor of the town blamed Israel for the blast, which came after an earlier exchange of fire near Nablus. In that incident, three Palestinian gunmen and an Israeli soldier died after the gunmen opened fire on an army jeep. [BBC, 11/6]

Nov. 8: A Palestinian suicide bomber blew himself up in the West Bank town of Baka' al-Sharkieh injuring two Israeli border guards. The suicide bomber was linked to the Palestinian militant group Hamas. [BBC, 11/8]

Nov. 13: The United States, Britain, France, Russia, and China called on Israel to pull its troops out of reoccupied West Bank towns and told the Palestinians to put an end to the intifada. [WP, 11/13]

Nov. 14: A Palestinian woman was killed in new fighting as Israeli forces held on to positions in two Palestinian-ruled West Bank areas despite international demands for their withdrawal. [WP, 11/14]

Nov. 16: The Israeli Foreign Minister, Shimon Peres, told the United Nations General Assembly that there was "broad agreement" that the creation of an independent Palestinian state "is the best bet." Peres explained that he was expressing his own position and "the feelings of many Israelis." [NYT, 11/16]

Nov. 17: The Israeli Army said that it had withdrawn from the West Bank city of Tulkarm, the latest in a series of pullouts from Palestinian areas seized the previous month. [WP, 11/18]

Nov. 19: US Secretary of State Colin Powell said that the Bush Administration would send two high-level envoys, retired Marine General Anthony Zinni and Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs William Bums, to the Middle East to seek a ceasefire, restart negotiations, and help set the terms for the creation of a "viable" Palestinian state and a more secure Israel. [NYT, WSJ, WP, 11/201

Israeli soldiers killed one Palestinian and wounded another as the two were planting a bomb along a road in the West Bank. In Gaza, Israeli tanks and a bulldozer entered the Rafah refugee camp near the Egyptian border and destroyed four buildings. One Palestinian was wounded. [NYT, 11/20] Nov. 21: Israel said it would build new homes for Jewish settlers in the West Bank city of Hebron, despite Colin Powell's call on Israel to halt settlement construction. [WP, 11/21]

Nov. 23: Israeli helicopter gunships killed Mahmoud Abu Hanoud, a senior commander of the radical Islamic group Hamas, who had topped Israel's list of most-wanted terror suspects. [WP, 11/25]

Nov. 25: Israeli forces launched missile strikes in the Gaza Strip and killed a young Palestinian in the West Bank, in fresh violence that added urgency to a new US peace mission. …