These are events that have happened in the Middle East in recent months.
Israeli Evacuation Focus Turns to West Bank
August 23, 2005
Now that all Israeli settlers have been removed (forcibly or not) from all 21 settlements in the Gaza Strip, Israeli soldiers turned their efforts to areas in the West Bank, another hotly disputed area.
Gaza Pullout Nearly Complete
August 22, 2005
Thousands of Palestinians began claiming for themselves land long occupied by Israelis in the Gaza Strip, after Israeli soldiers forcibly removed Israeli settlers who refused in the face of a removal decree by their own leader, Ariel Sharon.
Gaza Pullout Becomes Forced Withdrawal
August 18, 2005
Thousands of Israelis who have lived in the Gaza Strip for years are being forced to leave by the Israeli Armed Forces. Many had gathered in synagogues, hoping to avoid removal. As part of a peace agreement, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has enforced the decree that all Jewish settlers in Gaza leave their settlements there. The number of people affected is in the thousands. The number of Palestinian people who live in Gaza is 1.3 million.
Israel OKs Settlement Pullout
February 21, 2005
For the first time since it seized the lands in the 1967 Middle East war, Israel has agreed to dismantle a large handful of settlements in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, disputed territory also claimed by Palestinians. The Israeli Cabinet voted on Sunday to approve Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's plan to withdraw the settlers as part of an overall agreement with newly elected Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas to try to seek a peaceful resolution to the land conflict that has divided the region for many years.
Mideast Truce Approved
February 8, 2005
Mahmoud Abbas, the leader of the Palestine Authority, and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon have agreed to a truce, both sides reported after a one-day peace summit in the Egyptian port town of Sharm-el-Sheik.
Abbas New Leader of Palestinians
January 10, 2005
Mahmoud Abbas, who succeeded Yasser Arafat as leader of the Palestine Liberation Organization, was elected president of the Palestinian state on Sunday. Abbas received more than two-thirds of the vote in an election punctuated by rocket attacks and security checks.
PLO Leader Yasser Arafat Dead
November 12, 2004
After a long and controversial life, Yasser Arafat, the leader of the Palestine Liberation Organization and one of the world's most recognized figures, has died. He was 75.