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  • December 1, 1998

    U.S. Secy. of State Madeleine Albright discusses her Jewish roots, revealed to her only last yr., at a conference of Holocaust survivors sponsored by the State Dept., U.S. Holocaust Museum to...

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  • February 18, 1998

    In Tel Aviv, Israel, Jordan hold talks on water, Jordan Valley development. (RJ 2/19 in WNC 2/24; Globes [Internet] 2/22 in WNC 2/26; JP 2/28)

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  • January 23, 1998

    Arafat says he is unable to visit the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, say he will go next time he is in Washington. Instead, he meets with Jordanian FM Tarawnah to discuss Arafat-Clinton mtg. (NYT...

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  • January 20, 1998

    Netanyahu, Clinton meet in Washington. Clinton presents U.S. proposal for a 3-stage second FRD fr. at least 10% of the West Bank. Secy. of State Albright also holds 2 mtgs. with Netanyahu during...

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  • January 16, 1998

    U.S. State Dept. says that Israel's 12-page list of conditions for FRD are its own interpretation, U.S. does not recognize it as binding. (WT 1/18) (see 1/15)

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U.S. Secy. of State Madeleine Albright discusses her Jewish roots, revealed to her only last yr., at a conference of Holocaust survivors sponsored by the State Dept., U.S. Holocaust Museum to discuss restoration of property, bank accounts stolen by the Nazis. Gizella Weizhaus, the 1st Holocaust survivor to sue the Swiss banks, is not allowed to attend because she "lacked the required credential." She has been the most vocal critic of compensation payments going to Jewish groups rather than survivors, their heirs. (NYT, WP 12/2)

Lebanese Pres. Lahoud taps Salim al-Huss to head a new government. Huss, a U.S.-trained economist, was PM during the 1975-90 civil war. (RL 12/1 in WNC 12/2; MM 12/2; RL 12/2, 12/3 in WNC 12/4; MM, NYT, WP 12/3; SA 12/3 in WNC 12/7; MEI 12/11)

1 SLA mbr. is wounded in a clash with Hizballah in s. Lebanon. (VOL 12/1 in WNC 12/2)

In Tel Aviv, Israel, Jordan hold talks on water, Jordan Valley development. (RJ 2/19 in WNC 2/24; Globes [Internet] 2/22 in WNC 2/26; JP 2/28)

Palestine-Israel Steering and Monitoring Comm. (PISMC) cochairs meet at U.S. Amb. to Israel Edward Walker's home. (IGPO 2/18; WJW 2/26; JP 2/28)

Syrian VP `Abd al-Halim Khaddam, FM Faruq al-Shara` leave Cairo after 2 days of talks on peace process, Iraq crisis with Pres. Mubarak, FM `Amr Musa. (MENA, SATN 2/18 in WNC 2/21)

U.S. Secy. of State Madeleine Albright, Defense Secy. William Cohen, National Security Adviser (NSA) Sandy Berger hold 90-min. "town meeting" at Ohio State University on potential strike on Iraq, which is broadcast globally on CNN. Audience heckles official and asks pointed questions on U.S. policy, some saying no military action should be taken, others questioning why goals do not include ousting Iraqi Pres. Saddam Hussein. After mtg., Berger warns Hussein that he should not misinterpret the audience reactions because "Ultimately there's only one man who decides, and he decides not based on the polls . . . but on our national interest." (CSM 2/18; NYT, WP, WT 2/19; WT 2/20; al-Ahram 2/21 in WNC 2/26)

PA Information Min. orders all 34 television, radio stations to obtain licenses fr. the Information Min. as well as Interior Min.; closes 9 West Bank stations that do not have such licenses. (LAW 2/19; NYT, PR 2/20; MEI, PR 2/27) (see 2/16)

U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum forces its director, Walter Reich, to resign. Mishandling of Arafat invitation to visit the museum (see 1/23) is cited as precipitating factor ending troubled tenure. (NYT 2/19)

Arafat says he is unable to visit the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, say he will go next time he is in Washington. Instead, he meets with Jordanian FM Tarawnah to discuss Arafat-Clinton mtg. (NYT, WT 1/24; MM 1/27; WJW 1/29; JT 1/26 in WNC 1/30; MEI 1/30)

Palestinians resume demonstrations nr. Neve Dalim settlement. IDF again opens fire on them, injuring 5. (PCHR 1/24) (see 1/22)

On this last Friday in Ramadan, Muslims in Iran, Syria mark Jerusalem Day by holding rallies to denounce U.S., Israeli policies and expressing solidarity with Palestinians. (IRNA 1/23, 1/25 in WNC 1/27)

2 IDF soldiers are wounded in clash with Hizballah in s. Lebanon. (VOL 1/23 in WNC 1/27)

Netanyahu, Clinton meet in Washington. Clinton presents U.S. proposal for a 3-stage second FRD fr. at least 10% of the West Bank. Secy. of State Albright also holds 2 mtgs. with Netanyahu during the day to discuss "appropriate elements for a further redeployment." Netanyahu does not agree to anything. (NYT, WP, WT 1/20; IDF Radio, MA 1/20 in WNC 1/21; ITV 1/20, IDF Radio, MENA, RE 1/21, JT 1/22 in WNC 1/23; MM, WP, WT 1/21; CSM, MM, WJW 1/22; Tishrin 1/22, YA 1/26 in WNC 1/27; CSM, NYT 1/23; MM 1/26; MEI 1/30)

In Paris, PA's Arafat, fmr. Israeli PM Peres sign agmt. with the World Bank that will create a new Peace Technology Fund for invest in the West Bank, Gaza. Arafat also meets with Pres. Chirac. (NYT 1/21; PR 1/23; JP 1/31)

Reversing its 1/16 decision in the face of public outcry, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum invites Arafat to make official visit 1/23. Arafat says he will do so if time permits. (WP 1/20; MM, NYT, WT 1/21; WJW, WP 1/22; MM 1/26, 1/27; MEI 1/30)

Israeli politician Yossi Sarid of Meretz calls on Pres. Clinton to recognize the Palestinians' right to their own state now if he hopes to rescue the peace process. (WT 1/21)

Israeli extremist group Kach distributes leaflets in Hebron, warning that if American Christians living in the city do not leave Israel, their lives will be endangered. (IDF Radio 1/20 in WNC 1/21)

54 mbrs. of the Catholic hierarchy send letter to Pres. Clinton, calling for end to sanctions on Iraq. 3 Catholic bishops also begin hunger strike. (WP 1/21)

U.S. State Dept. says that Israel's 12-page list of conditions for FRD are its own interpretation, U.S. does not recognize it as binding. (WT 1/18) (see 1/15)

U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum officials reject Arafat's request to make official visit the museum during his visit to Washington 1/22, say he can come "but as no more than a common tourist" forced to stand in line to wait for a ticket. (NYT, WP 1/17; NYT 1/18; MM 1/19; MEI 1/30)

EU Commissioner Manuel Maris issues a 23-page report, adopted unanimously by EU mbrs., calling on EU, as largest donor to the PA, to take a more active role in the peace process, blaming Israel for strangling Palestinian economy. (MEI 1/30; IGPO 1/19)

Turkey's Constitutional Court bans the Islamist Refah party, ruling that it harbors a subversive agenda, is working to replace the nation's secular order; bans 7 party leaders, including fmr. PM Necmettin Erbakan, fr. participating in politics for 5 yrs. (NYT 1/17; MA 1/20 in WNC 1/21)