Beirut - Reuters Syria condemned Israel's new settlement plans on the Golan Heights on Thursday, saying they would block progress in decisive peace negotiations next week. The official newspaper al-Thawra also accused Israel of trying to use the decision to build 70 homes in settlements on the strategic plateau as a bargaining chip in the talks due in the U.S. state of West Virginia starting on Monday. "The new settlement plans are proof that Israel is not serious about peace and that it will
Ankara - Turkish Daily News A route used by Christian pilgrims between the years 500 and 1000 will be brought back into use in the new millennium. The Turkish and Israeli tourism sectors are working jointly on a project to re-establish the "Demre-Jerusalem Faith Bridge" in April 2000. Father Christmas Foundation Chairman Muammer Karabulut explained to the Anatolia news agency that Demre, then called Myra, was the first rest stop for pilgrims on their way to Jerusalem in days gone by.
Tel Aviv - Reuters A court sentenced an Israeli travel agent to 16 years in jail on Wednesday for the rape and sodomy of former Miss World Linor Abargil. The Tel Aviv district court said the sentence reflected what it called the "repulsive" offenses committed by defendant Shlomo Nour, who was found guilty in October of raping Abargil at knifepoint in Italy before she won the title in 1998. Nour, 43, sat looking strained and twiddling his thumbs before the sentence was read to the crowded
The Palestinians complain that many of those set free have only a few months left to serve Jerusalem - Reuters A group of 26 Palestinian prisoners left jail in Israel on their way to freedom in the Palestinian-ruled territories on Wednesday after Israel's Supreme Court rejected a challenge to their early release. The prisoners, granted freedom under the terms of Israel's latest interim peace deal with the PLO, were being taken in buses under Israeli guard to drop-off points at two military roadblocks
New chances for Cyprus From a Dec. 29 article by Milliyet's Sami Kohen: During the Cyprus proximity talks in New York the basic parameters of the Turkish side's position have been accepted, creating a certain optimism. Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Korkmaz Haktanir, a veteran diplomat who has dealt with the Cyprus problem for years, says that a new basis has been created for a solution. Haktanir says that the EU factor now constitutes a significant dimension of the Cyprus issue. Now serious efforts
If Shas quits, Barak will still have enough votes to keep governing, with the expected support of Arab and secular parties that are not part of the coalition now Jerusalem - The Associated Press Ahead of crucial peace talks with Syria, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak struggled on Tuesday to keep his crumbling coalition together and appease a large coalition faction that has threatened to quit over budget demands. The ultra-Orthodox Shas Party, the second largest in Barak's coalition, seeks millions
The release will be the third and final one under an interim peace accord signed in September Jerusalem - The Associated Press Israel will release 26 Palestinian security prisoners today, despite objections by Palestinian negotiators who sought freedom for a larger group of inmates, officials from both sides said. The release will be the third and final one under an interim peace accord signed in September. In the two earlier releases, 350 Palestinians convicted of anti-Israel offenses were set free.
Move would leave Barak with a minority in Parliament as he goes into crucial peace talks with Syrians and Palestinians Jerusalem - Reuters The ultra-Orthodox Jewish Shas Party said on Monday it was quitting Prime Minister Ehud Barak's coalition, a move that could leave Israel with an unstable minority government at a turning point in peacemaking. Shas, a backer of peace moves with the Arabs, said it was angry at the government for not forking out millions of dollars to bale out Shas's bankrupt schools.
The FBI is so concerned that some believers will use violence to help usher in their apocalyptic beliefs that it has drafted a report for law enforcement authorities which it called 'Project Megiddo' Megiddo, Israel - Reuters To see the millennium's most spectacular fireworks display, head to Armageddon for a heavenly show of brimstone and fire ending in a finale of biblical proportions -- the end of the world as we know it. And that's just the first act. In the midst of the mayhem, Jesus Christ will
Letters to the Editor, December 28, 199928 December ,1999, Trials of civil servants Dear Mr. Cevik, I read your article in TDN on the internet. I am a Turk by birth and have been living in Canada since 1958. My own observation is that what is wrong in Turkey is the so-called "law on the trial of civil servants." Since 1958 I have visited Turkey at least 25 times. When I left my country I had the feeling that the "law on the trial of civil servants" was the main problem; and
Arafat greets foreign leaders who came to Bethlehem for the celebrations, including the premiers of Spain and Italy Bethlehem, West Bank - The AP Police tightened security on Friday in Bethlehem as bagpipes played and thousands of visitors poured in to celebrate the last Christmas of the millennium in the town where Jesus was born. Warnings of violence by political and religious extremists did not stop the grand entrance of Patriarch Michel Sabbah, the top Roman Catholic clergyman in the region, who
Jerusalem - Reuters A briefcase bomb exploded at a busy Israeli bus station on Friday but caused no injuries because a suspicious shopowner raised the alarm in time for police to clear the area, police said. Police were checking whether the attack -- in the coastal town of Netanya, north of Tel Aviv -- was planned by a group of Arab militants they believe were behind a November 7 pipe bomb attack that wounded 14 people in Netanya. A witness named Nissim told Israel Radio that the owner of a popular
Barak has pledged to pull Israeli troops out of Lebanon by July 2000. Israeli soldiers patrol an occupation zone set up in southern Lebanon in 1985 with the declared aim of preventing guerrilla attacks on Israel's northern communities Jerusalem - Reuters Israel officially began preparing on Friday to revive peace talks severed with Lebanon 45 months ago, building on the momentum of Israeli-Syrian negotiations that resumed this month. Prime Minister Ehud Barak's office said in a statement he had
Under peace deals since 1993, Palestinians have already taken over parts of the West Bank and Gaza Strip which Israel captured in the 1967 Middle East war Ramallah, West Bank - Reuters A senior Palestinian official said on Friday he expected a breakthrough in Palestinian-Israeli peace moves next week that would include the pullout of Israeli troops from more of the West Bank. Ahmed Korei, a senior Palestinian negotiator, said despite last-minute snags in talks between Israeli and Palestinian
FRANK BAJAK Associated Press Writer In its final report this week, the World Bank-funded International Y2K Cooperation Center said the millennium bug poses the greatest risk in developing countries, where it anticipates the most serious failures in health, hospitals and government services. The center said large-scale humanitarian relief efforts may be necessary: "In addition to creating technical problems, Y2K could lead to humanitarian emergencies." The millennium bug, or Y2K, stems from
Israeli assurances From a Dec. 23 article by Milliyet's Sami Kohen: Israeli Ambassador to Turkey Uri Bar-ner says that, keeping the pledge it had made at its own initiative, Israel has relayed information to Turkish officials about the Israeli-Syrian talks in Washington. The line taken by Israeli officials in the peace process on issues that concern Turkey can be summed up in the following manner: Security: The argument that if peace is achieved, Syria would transfer its forces from the Israeli border
Selcuk Gultasli Ankara - Turkish Daily News The Turkish-Israeli Friendship Association will open with a ceremony on Jan. 13 in Tel Aviv. Association Chairman Zvi Elpeleg has invited Turkish President Suleyman Demirel to attend along with Israeli President Ezer Weizman. Demirel reportedly said he would consider the invitation but has not responded so far. Hikmet Cetin, the former minister of foreign affairs and former speaker of Parliament, has been offered the position of co-chairman of the association,
Washington - The Associated Press Secretary of State Madeleine Albright courted Muslim Americans at a dinner ending their daytime fast and offered them the assurance "your views are being heard." Responding to periodic complaints that Muslims are ignored in the shaping of Mideast policy, Albright said in the coming year, the last for the Clinton administration, she intends to be sure "the legitimate concerns of Muslim Americans are taken into account." She also pledged to hire more
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