Thursday, March 18, 1999

3 Palestinian officials hold routine mtg. with 18 EU consular officials at Orient House in East Jerusalem. In protest, Israel imposes travel limits on the 3 officials. EU special envoy Miguel Moratinos also meets with PM Netanyahu to stress that the EU has not changed its position on Jerusalem. (AFP 3/18 in WNC 3/22; MM, NYT, WP 3/19; al-Quds 3/19 in WNC 3/22; WP 3/20; MM 3/22; MEI, PR 3/26; MM 3/29; YA 3/30 in WNC 3/31; YA 4/2 in WNC 4/5) (see 3/12)

PM Netanyahu tells the Knesset Defense and Foreign Affairs Comm. that he is preparing a plan for partial pull-out fr. s. Lebanon, but he still rules out an unconditional withdrawal. (MEI 3/26) (see 3/3)

At the White House, Leah Rabin presents Pres. Clinton with an award for peace-making on behalf of the Yitzhak Rabin Center for Israel Studies. PM candidate Mordechai attends, raising complaints among Netanyahu supporters that the U.S. wants to influence the outcome of upcoming Israeli elections. (WJW 3/25)

IDF demolishes 2 homes in Arnun, Lebanon, as a warning to residents who aid Hizballah. (VOL 3/18, RL 3/19 in WNC 3/22) (see 2/28)