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1996 has been a very turbulent year for Israel This lies in the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin on November 4 1995 Rabins great work in the peace process with its Arab neighbors has been nearly reversed by Israels newly elected Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who actively opposed the peace process in the election Netanyahus term of service has not only affected Israel politically but also socially intellectually religiously and economically In dealing with Yasser Arafat and the Palestinians Netanyahu was originally quoted saying that he would only meet with Arafat under special circumstances and that the era of one-sided giving was over Warren Christopher Secretary of State for the US was able to arrange a peace conference with Arafat on the Gaza border One article called it a Psychological breakthrough Netanyahu meets with Clinton The issues at hand were Israel fulfilling its pledge to the Palestinians to redeploy its troops stationed in the West Bank town of Hebron so that they will only guard the 440 Jews who live there from the tens of thousands of Palestinians Also at issue were the exit permits given to Palestinians allowing them to go from there jobs in Israel to there homes in Gaza and the and the West Bank That leads to another issue over whether or not a rail link between Gaza and the West Bank should be formed The major problem with that would be the cost In the next round of Israeli-PLO peace talks both sides could not reach a compromise and after four hours talks failed To complicate matters further 3000 houses were approved to be built in the West Bank by the Israeli government Peace Now spokesman Alon Arnon called the housing A final burial of the hope of peace West Bank Settlement Approved Netanyahu also ended the month by opening a tunnel to Muslim and Jewish Holy sites that resulted in bloody riots that killed 76 people
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