Saturday, January 23, 1999

In Sharm al-Shaykh, Arafat briefs Pres. Mubarak on continued Israeli refusal to implement Wye agmt., ongoing settlement construction; discusses regional developments. (MENA 1/23 in WNC 1/26)

PM Netanyahu dismisses popular DM Mordechai before he has a chance to resign to join a new centrist party with Netanyahu challengers Shahak, Meridor. Netanyahu 1st asks FM Sharon to take DMin. portfolio until the 5/17 elections, but Sharon declines. He then asks another challenger, Arens, to take the post. Arens says that he will decide after the Likud party primaries 1/26, which he is expected to lose. (NYT, WP, WT 1/24; MA 1/24, 1/25 in WNC 1/26; CSM 1/25; al-Ba`th 1/25, Tishrin 1/26 in WNC 1/29; JP, MEI, PR 1/29) (see 1/11)

For 1st time in a wk. U.S. planes attack 2 Iraqi antimissile sites after encountering antiaircraft fire. (NYT, WP, WT 1/24; MENA 1/25 in WNC 1/26) (see 1/14)

1 SLA mbr. is injured during a clash with Hizballah in s. Lebanon. (VOL 1/23 in WNC 1/26)