Israel Wednesday cut ties with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, saying Arafat is "directly responsible" for a deadly attack on an Israeli bus that killed 10 people and injured more than 30 others.
Israeli missiles Monday struck a security complex belonging to Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. The attacks followed a series of suicide bombings against Israeli targets over the weekend.
Israel has rebuffed a demand from its closest ally, the United States, that it pull back from its broadest military incursion yet into Palestinian territory.
Despite mounting international criticism, the Israeli government continues to occupy ground seized after the Palestinian Authority failed to comply with Israeli demands to surrender militants.
The Israeli government issued the Palestinian Authority an ultimatum Thursday: hand over the gunmen blamed for the killing the Israeli Minister of Tourism or face severe consequences.
Militant Palestinians today assassinated an Israeli cabinet member, sparking condemnation throughout the region and severely testing ceasefire efforts.
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat Tuesday announced he would unilaterally move to enforce a cease-fire in the troubled West Bank and Gaza Strip. The Israeli government responded by suspending all military action in the region.
Israel said Monday it was ready to hold high-level talks with the Palestinians despite continued violence.
Israeli police said police officers and special forces entered and closed nearly a dozen offices of the Palestine Liberation Organization in East Jerusalem following a deadly suicide bombing.
Both sides accepted in principle a peace agreement brokered by CIA director George Tenet.
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