Wednesday, September 18, 1996

Arafat, Israeli DM Mordechai discuss extradition of security prisoners to Israel, easing closure, Rafah airport. Mordechai presents Arafat with new Hebron redeployment plan; request issue be reopened, but Arafat refuses. The pair agrees to turn matter over to the PISMC. (MM, QY 9/19 in IL 9/19; ARD Television [Munich] 9/19 in WNC 9/20) (see 9/9)

In Gaza, U.S. special envoy Ross meets with Arafat, says settlement construction is a problem, announces he will not visit Syria. (NYT 9/20) (see 9/17)