Back-to-back suicide bombings killed at least 14 people in the Middle East Sunday, as world leaders respond to Israel's occupation of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's presidential compound in the West Bank town of Ramallah.
President Bush demanded Palestinian leader Arafat to publicly do more to end terrorism while calling on the Israeli government to ensure there is a political path to peace as it exerts its right to self-defense.
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat said Thursday he was willing to implement an unconditional cease-fire with Israel, a move that could pave the way toward a U.S.-brokered truce Palestinians rejected earlier in the week.
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said Tuesday conditions were "not yet ripe" for lifting a travel ban on Yasser Arafat, despite U.S. pressure to allow the Palestinian leader to travel to an Arab summit in Beirut.
President Bush on Monday urged Israel to lift the travel ban placed on Yasser Arafat so the Palestinian leader could attend a summit of Arab leaders. The summit will focus on a Saudi-backed Mideast peace plan.
As Israel continues to retaliate for a round of deadly attacks over the weekend, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon announced Monday that Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was free to travel in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
The Israeli government said Sunday it would ease the military cordon on Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat's compound, but continue to limit his movement to the West Bank city of Ramallah.
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, set to meet with President Bush in Washington next week, plans to ask the U.S. to cut off contacts with Palestinian President Yasser Arafat.
In his strongest appeal for an end to anti-Israel violence, Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat Sunday called for a halt to all "terrorist activity" against Israel, threatening to arrest those who carry out armed attacks.
Israel cut ties with Yasser Arafat Wednesday, saying the Palestinian leader is "directly responsible" for a deadly attack on an Israeli bus that killed 10 people and injured more than 30 others.
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