Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Israel

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Israel

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See also Arab-Israeli Conflict, Regional Allah's, Lebanon, Syria

2003

Oct. 26: Ariel Sharon rejected calls from his coalition government to debate the future of Israeli settlements in the Gaza Strip. [FT, 10/27]

Oct. 29: lieutenant General Moshe Yaalon, the Israel Defense Force Chief of Staff, criticized Prime Minister Sharon's hard-line policies against the Palestinians. Yaalon described these measures as harmful to Israel's overall security and contrary to Israel's strategic interests. [NYT, 10/29]

Oct. 30: Israeli police questioned Ariel Sharon in connection with two investigations into the relationship that the Prime Minister and his younger son, Gilad, had with the wealthy Israeli businessman David Appel. [NYT, 10/31]

Nov. 1: Tens of thousands of Israelis assembled in the Tel Aviv plaza where the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated in 1995. The peace rally marked the eighth anniversary of Rabin's assassination. [WP, 11/21

Nov. 11: The Israeli government suspended a plan that would require journalists to undergo a Shin Bet security check before being issued press cards. The decision followed local and international protest. Initially, Sharon supported the plan, fearing that the international media "was not benefiting the state of Israel." [FT, 11/12]

Dec. 11: Three people were killed in a bomb blast in downtown Tel Aviv that was blamed on Israeli organized crime. …

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