Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Arab-Israeli Conflict

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Arab-Israeli Conflict

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FBIS, Foreign Broadcast Information Service

Daily Report-available from the National Technical Information Service, World News Connection on the world wide web at The date in the source information refers to the WNC Entry Date.

FT, Financial Times

MEED, Middle East Economic Digest

NYT, The New York Times

WP, The Washington Post

WSJ, The Wall Street Journal


Oct. 16: At Sharm al-Shaykh, in Egypt, US President Bill Clinton and Egyptian President Husni Mubarak presided over the opening of a meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and Palestinian National Authority (PNA) President Yasir `Arafat, aimed at reducing violence between Israel and the Palestinians. [10/17 NYT, FT, WSJ, WP]

Throughout the West Bank and Gaza, thousands of Palestinians demonstrated in protest against the Israeli-Palestinian summit at Sharm al-Shaykh. [10/17 NYT, FT, WSJ, WP]

Amid clashes at Rachel's Tomb, a Jewish shrine on the edge of Bethlehem, Israeli gunfire killed one Palestinian. [11/17 NYT, FT, WP]

In Rafah, south of Gaza, gunfire clashes between Israeli soldiers and Palestinian policemen ended in the death of one Palestinian policeman. [10/17 NYT, FT, WP]

Iranian Defense Minister `Ali Shamkhani said that the use by Islamic countries of "instruments such as the production and sale of oil" were valid means of disrupting Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts. [10/17 FT]

Oct. 17: At Sharm al-Shaykh, Israeli Prime Minister Barak and PNA President `Arafat agreed to an oral "statement of understandings," whereby Israel would pull its army back from positions and the PNA would curb protesting Palestinians. [10/18 NYT, FT, WSJ, WP, 10/27 MEED]

Oct. 20: By a vote of 92 to 6, with 46 abstentions, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution citing Israel's "excessive use of force.. against Palestinian civilians." [10/21 NYT, FT, WP] Oct. 21: In Cairo, 22 representatives of Arab states convened an emergency summit of the Arab League, in which they denounced Israeli actions toward Palestinians and pledged funding for Palestinian organizations. [10/22 NYT, WP, 10/23 FT, WSJ]

Oct. 22: Israeli Prime Minister Barak declared a formal "timeout" from peace negotiations with the PNA. [10/23 NYT, FT, WSJ, WP]

Israeli Prime Minister Barak announced that he planned to set up a four-member inquiry panel to look into the recent deaths of 13 Israeli Arabs at the hands of Israeli police. Israeli Arab Knesset member Ahmed Tibi called the panel "a whitewash committee." [10/23 NYT, FT]

Oct. 23: Hours after a warning issued by Israeli army Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. Shaul Mofaz, Israeli tanks moved into Beit Jala, near Bethlehem. The army claimed that snipers based in Beit Jala had been firing on residents in Gilo, a nearby Jewish settlement. [10/24 WP]

In Hebron, in clashes between Israeli soldiers and Palestinian protesters, one Palestinian was killed. [10/24 NYT, WP, 10/25 WSJ]

At Bolling Air Force Base, in Washington, DC, talks between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators ended without a solution. [10/24 NYT, WP] Oct. 24: Radio France Internationale reported that Tunisia and Morocco had suspended their formal relations with Israel. [10/25 FBIS]

Oct. 26: At an army outpost in the Gaza Strip, a suicide bomber riding on a bicycle killed himself and injured a nearby Israeli soldier. Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack. [ 10/27 NYT, FT, WSJ, WP]

Oct. 27: In clashes throughout the West Bank and Gaza, four Palestinians were killed, bringing to at least 137 the number of deaths from under a month of violence between Israel and the Palestinians. [10/28 NYT, FT, WP, 10/30 WSJ]

Oct. 30: In East Jerusalem, Israeli police discovered the corpse of an Israeli who had allegedly been bound and stabbed to death. [10/31 NYT, WSJ, WP]

Israeli police said that two Israeli security guards had been shot at close range by what they claimed was an Arab fleeing the city. …

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