Sunday, January 17, 1999

PA accepts U.S. proposal to attend talks in Washington next mo. to try to salvage the Wye agmt. Israel has yet to respond to the invitation. (WP, WT 1/18)

Ramadan ends. Arafat releases 37 Palestinian political prisoners fr. PA jails. Israel says releases prove that the PA continues its "revolving door" policy of freeing "Hamas terrorists," claims that 5 of those released killed Americans. (WP, WT 1/18; MEI, Prime Minister's Report 1/29) (see 1/7)

Just as Id al-Fitr celebrations begin, Israeli police enter the Arab town of Tira, Israel, to arrest suspected car thieves, prompting clash with Israeli Arab youths. 6 policemen, 6 Palestinians are injured. (AFP [Internet] 1/18)