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  • ChronologyJanuary 16, 2010 – April 15, 2010

Abbreviations

ABC

ABC News

AFP

Agence France Presse

Al-Arabiya

Alarabiya.net

Al-Jazeera

Aljazeera.net

AA

Asharq Alawsat

AP

Associated Press

BBC

www.bbc.co.uk

CSM

Christian Science Monitor

CNN

www.cnn.com

Dawn

www.dawn.com

DS

Daily Star

DT

Daily Times

EurasiaNet

www.eurasianet.org

The Guardian

GN

Gulf News

Haaretz
Hurriyet
JP

The Jerusalem Post

KT

Khaleej Times

MEO

Middle East Online

The National

NPR

National Public Radio

NYT

New York Times

RFE-RL

Radio Free Europe-Radio Liberty

RNW

Radio Netherlands Worldwide

Reuters
VOA

Voice of America

WP

The Washington Post

The Washington Times

Ynet

Ynet News

Zaman

Arab-Israeli Conflict

See also Palestinian Affairs, Israel

Jan. 20: During a regional tour, US Special Envoy to the Middle East George Mitchell stated that Syria and Lebanon were necessary for establishing peace in the region. The trip was part of a US plan to end Israel’s conflicts with Lebanon, Syria, and the Palestinians, and further “normalize Israel’s ties with the rest of the Arab world.” Analysts claimed that tense relations eased under the Obama Administration. [Haaretz, 1/20]

Jan. 21: Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said that Israeli security forces had to be present and allowed to work inside any future Palestinian state in order to prevent weapons-smuggling to Palestinian fighters. This comment was a response to several rocket attacks launched from Lebanon and Gaza. Palestinian chief negotiator Sa’ib ‘Erekat expressed his disapproval of Netanyahu’s proposition. [Al-Jazeera, 1/21]

Jan. 24: Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said that several Jewish settlements would always remain part of Israel, drawing angry responses from numerous Palestinian sources. These comments were made during a particularly sensitive period because it coincided with American envoy George Mitchell’s attempt to restart peace talks between the Israelis and the Palestinians. [NYT, 1/24]

Mar. 9: US Vice President Joseph Biden began the first day of peace talks in Jerusalem, meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres. Biden reassured the public that the US was committed to the safety of the Israeli state and to preventing Iran from gaining nuclear power. Palestinian negotiator Sa’ib ‘Erekat stated that talking about negotiations as if they had started was wrong, as many points were yet to be clarified. [AP, 3/9]

Mar. 26: Two Israeli soldiers were killed in Gaza after a violent encounter near the town of Khan Younis, where an Israeli government spokesman stated that two men were planting explosives along the border. Elsewhere in Gaza, two Palestinian militants were killed in clashes, allegedly during an attempt to capture an Israeli soldier. The day was one of the bloodiest since Israel’s Operation Cast Lead offensive in Gaza in December 2008. [BBC, 3/26]

Mar. 28: Leaders of the Arab League affirmed their rejection of Israel’s most recent [End Page 447] settlement plan in East Jerusalem, claiming that it hindered the peace process. Arab leaders did not reach an agreement on whether Palestinians should proceed with peace talks with Israel. Palestinian Authority President Mahmud ‘Abbas, refused to participate in peace talks unless Israel discontinued its settlement plan; Israel rejected such a suggestion. [Al-Jazeera, 3/29]

Apr. 3: A Yemeni appeals court upheld a death sentence for a Yemeni man charged with emailing the Israeli Prime Minister’s office and offering to work for Israeli intelligence services, and demanding money from the Saudi and Emirati Embassies. For unknown reasons, two other men, jailed for the same offense, received lesser penalties. All three were also thought to be responsible for twin car bombings outside the US Embassy in 2008 and claimed the charges were fabricated by an officer with whom they had a disagreement. [Reuters, 4/3]

Apr. 7: Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan called Israel the “main threat to peace” when he spoke to reporters in Paris. Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said he regretted Turkey’s “repeated attacks” on Israel. Relations between the two allies grew progressively worse after Israel’s Operation Cast Lead in Gaza in December 2008. [BBC, 4/7]

Central Asia and the Caucasus

See also Iran

Jan. 16...

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Additional Information

ISSN
1940-3461
Print ISSN
0026-3141
Pages
pp. 447-476
Launched on MUSE
2010-09-02
Open Access
No
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