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Source: Division for Palestinian Rights (DPR)
30 June 1996


June 1996

Monitored from the media by the
Division for Palestinian Rights

4 June The UN Special Coordinator for the Occupied Territories, Terje Larsen, called on Israel to lift its closure of the West Bank and Gaza Strip and proposed that Israel increase the number of Palestinians working in Israel to at least 70,000 by the end of June. (Reuter)

5 June Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu was officially declared as the newly elected Prime Minister of Israel. The declaration was formally announced by the Central Elections Committee following the elections on 29 June when he garnered 50.3 per cent of the vote. (Reuter)

6 June Israeli police killed a Palestinian man and wounded another in East Jerusalem, hours after Israeli soldiers killed another Palestinian in the Gaza Strip. A police spokesman said a border police unit patrolling the Ran el-Amud neighbourhood in East Jerusalem before dawn saw three Palestinian men who they felt were behaving suspiciously. The troops opened fire when they believed one of the men was pulling out a pistol. In the other shooting incident, Israeli soldiers killed a Palestinian reportedly running towards a soldiers outpost near a Jewish settlement. Palestinian police said the unarmed man ventured into a restricted zone and failed to respond to warning shots by the soldiers. (The New York Times, AFP)

7 June Yasser Arafat met with senior officials of the Palestinian Authority and the PLO to discuss the future of the peace process after the Israeli elections. The meeting also reviewed the results of the mini-summit in Aqaba, Jordan on 5 June between Arafat, President Mubarak of Egypt and Jordan's King Hussein. (AFP)

9 June Suspected Palestinian gunmen shot dead an Israeli couple from the Kyriat Arba settlement near Hebron. The couple was shot inside their car on an isolated road southwest of Jerusalem as the attackers sprayed their car with gunfire. Their one-year-old child was found unhurt at the back of the car. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack. (The New York Times, Reuter, AFP)

11 June Israeli soldiers prevented 20 members of the Palestinian Council from traveling to the West Bank from Gaza after they refused to undergo a personal search. It was the second day in a row that the Gaza deputies to the 88-member Palestinian Council were turned back at Erez, a crossing point between Israel and the Gaza Strip. (AFP)

12 June The World Bank signed a $40 million credit agreement with the Palestinian Authority for the development of a municipal infrastructure in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The World Bank said in a statement that the project was part of a newly-developed programme known as the Municipal Infrastructure Development Project aimed at supporting the rehabilitation and maintenance of high priority village and municipal roads as well as water and sanitation networks. It would also help support institutional, financial and managerial reform in local government. (Reuter)

15 June Hanan Ashrawi, Jerusalem's representative on the Palestinian Council, was appointed by Yasser Arafat as a minister for higher education in the Executive Authority. Mr. Arafat split the education portfolio, held by Yasser Amr, into two parts to accommodate Mrs. Ashrawi's new post. (AFP)

16 June Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu outlined his security policies in a Guidelines of the Government of Israel, the first official version of his governments foreign policies. The declaration included a vow to continue negotiating with the Palestinian Authority and laid down a set of principles that narrowing the definition of Palestinian autonomy and limiting the outcomes of future talks. It declared that Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel and that the new government would oppose the establishment of any Palestinian state west of the Jordan River. (The Washington Post) 17 June A Moroccan military transport plane flew 14 tonnes of medical and food supplies into the Gaza Strip, the first aid flight to land at the Palestinians new airport. The supplies were presented as a gift from Morocco's King Hassan II. (AFP)

18 June Benjamin Netanyahu took the oath of office as Israel's new Prime Minister after winning a parliamentary vote of confidence for his coalition government. The Parliament (Knesset) voted 62 to 50 by a show of hands to approve a 16-member cabinet presented by Netanyahu earlier in the day. (AFP)
20 June The Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, issued a conditional cease-fire offer to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. In the offer they demand a halt to all offensive Israeli actions against Palestinians and the release of Palestinian prisoners. It also called on Israel to lift the closure imposed on the West Bank and Gaza Strip. (AFP)

21 June More than 1,000 Palestinians participated in a demonstration against the construction of a bypass road on seized Palestinian land south of Hebron. The protesters set a car and four trucks and bulldozers used for the project on fire. There were no Israeli soldiers around during the demonstration. (AFP)

23 June Twenty-one Arab countries ended a two-day summit in Cairo, Egypt. The summit in its final communiqué reaffirmed the participants commitment to peace and issued a warning to the new government of Israel to adhere to the land-for-peace principles as the basis for peace negotiations. The Arab leaders insisted that Israel withdraw from the Golan Heights, south Lebanon and Palestinian territory, including annexed East Jerusalem, and allow the creation of a Palestinian State. (The Financial Times, The New York Times, AFP)

25 June Benjamin Netanyahu met with US Secretary of State Warren Christopher for the first time since his election as Prime Minister of Israel. It was reported that Mr. Christopher has secured a commitment from Mr. Netanyahu that Israel resume the dialogue with the Palestinian Authority. During the meeting Mr. Netanyahu did not commit Israel to any troop withdrawal from Hebron which was postponed by former Prime Minister Peres after a series of suicide bombings in Israel. (AFP, Reuter)
26 June Three Israeli soldiers on patrol duty were ambushed and two others were wounded near Jordan's borders with the West Bank. A Syrian-based Palestinian group, Al-Intifada, claimed responsibility for the attack to protest the Israeli- Palestinian peace accords. (The New York Times, AFP)

27 June The Palestinian Council, following a long debate, has approved the cabinet and its programme as it was presented by Mr. Yasser Arafat to the council. Following the vote, Mr. Arafat pledged to pursue peace negotiations with the new government in Israel aimed at the establishment of a Palestinian state. (FP)

28 June Dore Gold, an aide to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, met secretly with the President of the Palestinian Authority, Yasser Arafat, in Gaza. Israeli Cabinet Secretary Danny Naveh said that the meeting was part of a dialogue Israel wanted with Mr. Arafat but he said that the main message was Israel's expectation that the Palestinian Authority fight terrorism. (Reuter)

30 June Israeli Foreign Minister David Levy demanded that the Palestinian Authority stop what he called governmental activity in Jerusalem which violates the interim peace agreed with the previous Israeli Government. The demand specifically cited activities at the Orient House, which became the headquarters of Palestinian peace negotiators during the 1991 Madrid peace conference. The Palestinian Authority condemned the renewed Israeli pressure to prevent diplomatic activities at the Orient House and viewed it as a threat to the peace process. (AFP, Reuter)

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