Sunday, February 13, 2000

The deadline for Israel, the PA to conclude a FAPS passes without an agmt. Barak tells his cabinet that continuing FAPS talks for a few more wks. is preferable to jumping into talks on a full peace treaty. (XIN 2/13 in WNC 2/15; NYT, WP 2/14; al-Quds 2/14 in WNC 2/17; CSM 2/15)

Barak says that despite the public outcry over recent casualties, the IDF will not leave s. Lebanon before 4/00; if there is no sign of an agmt. with Syria by 4/00, Israel will consider unilateral withdrawal. (CSM, NYT, WP 2/14; JP 2/18)