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  • August 15, 1999

    Defusing the crisis with Shas over the government relocation of a turbine on the Sabbath (see 8/13), PM Barak promises that the government will consider weekday alternatives for similar projects...

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  • July 11, 1999

    Barak, Arafat meet at Erez crossing for 1st Israeli-PA summit on the peace process in 7 mos. Barak says he will move quickly to implement the Wye accord, but defers discussion on settlements and...

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  • July 9, 1999

    Israel's Barak travels to Alexandria for talks with Egyptian pres. Mubarak on reviving the peace process. Mubarak praises Barak's recent statements on resuming negotiations with Lebanon, the PA,...

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  • July 8, 1999

    PM Barak's 1st domestic initiative, a bill to increase the number of cabinet ministers fr. 18 to 24, meets strong opposition fr. his own One Israel party (including new Knesset speaker Avraham...

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Defusing the crisis with Shas over the government relocation of a turbine on the Sabbath (see 8/13), PM Barak promises that the government will consider weekday alternatives for similar projects in the future. (NYT, WP 8/16; MEI 8/20)

Iran orders 7 top security officials (including Tehran's chief of police and senior antiriot officers), several mbrs. of Ansar-e Hezbollah to stand trial for raiding a dormitory at Tehran University on 7/9. (WP 8/16; MEI 8/20)

In the PA-controlled section of Hebron, an explosion destroys a Palestinian shop, causing no injuries. PA police suspect the store served as bomb factory. (NYT, WP, WT 8/16; WT 8/17; MEI 8/20)

PA police arrest the chief editor, a reporter fr. Hamas's al-Risala newspaper; order them detained for 48-hrs. to investigate allegations that they distorted an interview with a PA prosecutor. (HJ 8/15 in WNC 8/16)

Barak, Arafat meet at Erez crossing for 1st Israeli-PA summit on the peace process in 7 mos. Barak says he will move quickly to implement the Wye accord, but defers discussion on settlements and all other issues until he returns fr. his mtgs. with Pres. Clinton in the U.S. next wk. (CSM, MM, NYT, WP 7/12; VOA 7/12 in WNC 7/13; al-Quds 7/12 in WNC 7/15; MEI 7/16)

Despite Pres. Khatami's dismissal of senior police officials responsible for storming a Tehran University dormitory on 7/9, 15,000 students there continue to demonstrate. Students in towns across Iran hold "sympathy marches" in solidarity with the Tehran rally. (CSM, NYT, WP, WT 7/12; GIU 7/13; MEI 7/16)

Israel's Barak travels to Alexandria for talks with Egyptian pres. Mubarak on reviving the peace process. Mubarak praises Barak's recent statements on resuming negotiations with Lebanon, the PA, Syria, but stresses that Israel should complete implementation of the Wye agmt. first as a goodwill gesture. Barak promises to carry out Wye in full, but wants the 3d stage of the 2d further redeployment (FRD) as outlined under the agmt. to be implemented part of a final status agmt. PA rejects the idea. (MM 7/9; MENA 7/9 in WNC 7/12; JUM 7/9 in WNC 7/13; NYT, WP, WT 7/10; NYT 7/11; CSM 7/12; JP, MEI 7/16)

More than 100,000 students continue protests at Iran's Tehran University, clashing again with Ansar-e Hezbollah supporters. Iranian police stage violent raid on a university dormitory to break up demonstration, killing at least 1 student, injuring 100s, arresting around 200. Pres. Khatami denounces the police action, vowing to dismiss officials who ordered it, and demands release of those detained. (NYT 7/11; GIU 7/13; MEI 7/16)

PM Barak's 1st domestic initiative, a bill to increase the number of cabinet ministers fr. 18 to 24, meets strong opposition fr. his own One Israel party (including new Knesset speaker Avraham Burg), the Likud party, and his newly appointed ministers Beilin and Peres. Barak claims that because his coalition includes 7 parties he needs the extra seats in the cabinet, while his opponents say the increase would bloat the government, only serve as a political pay-off to coalition mbrs. (NYT 7/9)

In his role as DM, Barak instructs the IDF to resume adherence to the April understandings on Lebanon, attending ILMG mtgs. (MM 7/9) (see 6/29)

Under pressure fr. Jewish groups, Rep. Dick Gephardt (D-MO) withdraws his nomination of an Arab American Muslim, Salam al-Marayati, for a position on the National Commission on Terrorism, a congressional advisory body. Some Jewish leaders accused Marayati of "condoning terrorism" for asserting that Israel shares the blame for inciting Palestinian violence. (NYT 7/10; WJW 7/15; MEI 7/16; MM 7/23; NYT 7/31)

Iran's parliament passes stronger curbs on press freedoms, immediately closes leading reformist newspaper, Salam. Angry Tehran University students stage protests, calling for accelerated government reform, crackdown on corruption, end to conservative dominance in security apparatuses. Mbrs. of the conservative Ansar-e Hezbollah group clash with students. (NYT 7/11; GIU 7/13; MEI 7/16)