Thursday, July 23, 1998

Arafat meets with Netanyahu's coalition chmn. Meir Shitreet. (ITV 7/23 in WNC 7/27; MM 7/24; MA 7/24 in WNC 7/28; NYT 7/25; MM 7/28)

CPMAJO initiates ad campaign in major U.S. papers, sends letter to Arafat calling on him to reprimand Palestinian journalists, officials who deny or belittle the Holocaust. Zionist Organization of America pres. Morton Klein, an outspoken opponent of the peace process, started the CPMAJO initiative based on unattributed reports in the Palestinian press. PA says that does not deny the Holocaust; thinks "recognition of the immorality of the Holocaust is a basic moral component"; does not understand why CPMAJO is pursuing the unconfirmed reports at a crucial time in the peace process; notes that the PA has no authority over the content of the Palestinian press, criticisms should be directed to the papers directly. (NYT 7/24)

Turkish PM Mesut Yilmaz gives a public address full of veiled threats to Syria. Syria accuses Turkey of escalating tensions. (MM 7/24, 7/27, 7/31) (see 7/1)