Sunday, August 23, 1992

PM Rabin announces early release of 800 Palestinian prisoners who completed over 2/3 of their sentences and whose crimes did not claim casualties. Rabin also pledges to gradually reopen some closed streets and houses sealed before the intifada, and to allow Arab workers over 50 to enter Israel without a permit, down from the age of 60. (NYT, WP 8/24)

Palestinian delegation crosses to Jordan with U.S. assurance that no members would be forced to sign documents. (Qol Yisra'el 8/23 in FBIS 8/24)

Lebanon holds first day of 3-day polling in the north and east, with most Christians boycotting. (NYT, WP 8/24)

James Baker officially takes over as White House chief of staff; Lawrence A. Eagleburger sworn in as acting secy. of state. (NYT 8/24)