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  1. -01-10-05 Abbas Claims Win in Palestinian Election (CNN News)
      "Former Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas declared victory in the Palestinian presidential election late Sunday after exit polls gave him a commanding lead over his rivals." 01-05

  2. -09-20-04 Hamas Leader Killed in Residential Area (Fox News)
      "Hamas (search) threatened revenge after an Israeli helicopter blew up a car on a busy Gaza City (search) street, killing a Hamas militant who was involved in making and firing rockets at Israeli towns." 9-04

  3. -10-07-04 Israel May Be Against Two State Solution (HaaretzDaily.com)
      "The United States on Wednesday evening asked Israel to clarify statements made by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's senior advisor, Dov Weisglass, in an interview with Haaretz, according to which the disengagement plan means a 'freezing of the peace process,' Israel Radio reported."

      " 'And when you freeze that process,' Weisglass added, 'you prevent the establishment of a Palestinian state, and you prevent a discussion on the refugees, the borders and Jerusalem.' " 10-04

  4. -10-21-04 Hamas Leader Killed (MSNBC News)
      "An Israeli aircraft fired two missiles at a car traveling in the Gaza Strip late Thursday, killing a senior Hamas commander who was among the government’s most-wanted fugitives for years — the latest in a series of Israeli assassinations that have weakened the militant group."

      "The man, Adnan al-Ghoul, a founder and the No. 2 figure of Hamas’ military wing, was killed along with a second unidentified occupant in the car. The airstrike dealt another heavy blow to Hamas’ military wing, Izzedine al Qassam, which is responsible for attacks that have killed hundreds of Israelis during four years of fighting." 10-04

  5. -11-10-04 Palestinian Line of Succession (CNN News)
      "The Palestinian constitution provides that the speaker of the Palestinian House of Representatives, Rawhi Fattuh, would assume the presidency in the event of Yasser Arafat's death or if the long-time Palestinian leader is determined unable or incompetent to continue as president."

      "With the speaker in temporary power, the constitution calls for elections within 60 days to fill the post." 11-04

  6. -11-10-04 Yasser Arafat Dies at 75 (CNN News)
      "Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat, 75, the leader who passionately sought a homeland for his people but was seen by many Israelis as a ruthless terrorist and a roadblock to peace, died early Thursday in Paris." 11-04

  7. -11-12-04 Abbas to Lead Palestinians (Wastington Times)
      "Mahmoud Abbas, an experienced negotiator and a former prime minister, was named chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization yesterday within hours of Yasser Arafat's death. This puts him on a track to become the next overall leader of the Palestinians." 11-04

  8. 01-29-04 Prisoner Exchange Between Israel and Hezbollah Completed (Fox News)
      "Lebanese prisoners released by Israel returned home Thursday to a hero's welcome by tens of thousands of flag-waving people, from Hezbollah guerrilla comrades to veiled women who showered them in rice and rose petals."

      "Israel also freed about 400 Palestinians to the West Bank and Gaza Strip as part of the German-brokered deal with Hezbollah. Delighted relatives greeted the Palestinians and expressed thanks to the Lebanese militant group."

      "In return, Israel received the bodies of three of its soldiers and won the release of a kidnapped Israeli businessman. Israelis held a memorial service for the three dead, but whisked away Elhanan Tannenbaum (search), who was kidnapped while reportedly engaged in a shady business deal, for interrogation." 1-04

  9. 02-02-04 Israel Plans to Remove Jewish Communities from Gaza (CNN News)
      "Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon told an Israeli newspaper Monday that he has ordered plans to be made to dismantle Israeli settlements in Gaza." 1-04

  10. 02-09-04 Israeli High Court Hears Petitions on Barrier (MSNBC News)
      "The Supreme Court heard petitions from two Israeli human rights groups against the West Bank separation barrier Monday, a day after the government said it would change the route to minimize hardship for Palestinians."

      "Any Israeli court decision could affect Israel’s case before the world court, which is to issue an advisory ruling at the request of the U.N. General Assembly."

      "Israel insists the barrier is necessary to keep out Palestinian suicide bombers, who have killed hundreds in three years of violence. Palestinians say it is a land grab aimed at preventing them from creating a state." 2-04

  11. 03-23-04 Palestinian Leader of Hamas Assassinated by Israeli Army (BBC News)
      "Sheikh Yassin was leaving a mosque in Gaza's Sabra district in his wheelchair with an entourage when they were attacked by Israeli helicopter gunships at dawn on Monday."

      "Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon congratulated the Israeli security forces for conducting a successful operation and vowed to continue Israel's policy of targeting militant leaders.”

      "UN Secretary General Kofi Annan condemned the attack, saying it was against international law and did nothing to further the Middle East peace process."

      "There has been widespread international condemnation of the assassination of Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, the founder of the militant group Hamas." 3-04

  12. 04-16-04 Bush and Blaire Support Theft of Palestinian Land (Washington Times)
      "British Prime Minister Tony Blair yesterday joined President Bush in endorsing Israel's claim to a disputed portion of the West Bank and said it was 'not a unilateral attempt to impose a settlement.' "

      "At a joint press conference in the Rose Garden, Mr. Bush and Mr. Blair shrugged off Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's recent remark that the plan is a 'lethal blow' to Palestinians. 'It will bring their dreams to an end,' he told the Israeli newspaper Ma'ariv."

      Editor's Note: The United Nations does not recognize the Israeli claim to Palestinian land in the West Bank. The Palestinian land was taken when the Israelis created illegal settlements in key areas of the West Bank. The settlements will make a true Palestinian state impractical because of a loss of contiguous territory.

      The stated purpose of the American and British leaders, that they are supporting a Palestinian state, is certainly untrue. As American and British leaders support Israeli theft of essential Palestinian land, they are helping to incite Palestinian reprisals. The two leaders have made themselves part of the problem, not part of the solution. 4-04

  13. 05-16-04 Israelis Rally for Pullout from Gaza (CBS News)
      "More than 100,000 Israelis rallied Saturday night in favor of a pullout from the Gaza Strip in a massive show of strength by the long dormant opposition movement." 5-04

  14. 05-17-04 Top israeli Killed (Washington Times)
      "Suicide bombers assassinated Iraq's top political leader yesterday at an entrance to the Green Zone, the latest in a series of strikes as the June 30 transfer of power to an Iraqi government approaches." 5-04

  15. 07-25-04 Big Rise in Gaza Settlers (BBC News)
      "The number of Jewish settlers living in the Gaza Strip and some West Bank areas has risen sharply since Israel said it would unilaterally withdraw from them." 7-04

  16. 08-16-04 israelis Try to Stop Hunger Strike (CBS News)
      "Israeli prison officials are considering psychological means, including jailhouse cookouts, to break up a hunger strike declared by hundreds of Palestinian prisoners, a spokesman said Monday." 8-04

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