Charly Wegman
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/ 16 May 2007

Israel launches air raid on Gaza

Israel launched an air raid on an uninhabited area of Gaza on Wednesday after warning that it would respond ”in a measured fashion” to continuing rocket fire from the lawless territory. But Israel has for the moment ruled out a wide-scale incursion into the Gaza Strip, where escalating violence between rival groups has killed 30 people in four days.

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/ 30 March 2007

Israel says Middle East peace possible in five years

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said in interviews published on Friday that the Jewish state could clinch global peace with its enemies within five years, after Arab leaders revived a peace plan. "There is a real possibility that Israel can sign a global peace accord with its enemies within five years," Olmert said in an interview with the mass-selling <i>Yediot Aharonot</i>.

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/ 11 April 2005

Israel piles pressure on Palestinian leader

Israel was piling pressure on Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas to end rocket attacks by militant groups in the Gaza Strip ahead of a summit on Monday between Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and United States President George Bush in Texas. A flare-up of violence over the weekend brought tensions between the two sides to a high point.

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/ 28 February 2005

Israel mulls U-turn on destroying Gaza homes

Israel looked set on Monday for a U-turn by deciding not to destroy the homes of settlers due to be uprooted from Gaza, as a special unit was established to combat extremist violence threatening the pull-out. Meanwhile, in the fallout from Friday’s suicide attack in Tel Aviv, Israeli officials briefed European Union ambassadors on Syria’s alleged involvement.

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/ 20 December 2004

Settler leader ‘prepared to die’

Leading Jewish settlers were meeting on Monday to decide whether to call for civil disobedience in protest at Israel’s planned withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and isolated settlements in the West Bank. Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has all but signed a deal that will enable him to evacuate settlers from Gaza and the West Bank by the end of 2005.