After Prime Minister Ehud Barak gave his approval, Israeli and Palestinian negotiators launched an intense round of peace talks in Sinai on Sunday to try to reach a framework agreement before the February 6 election in Israel. Barak is playing down expectations and blaring his "red lines" to Israeli voters, but his negotiating team seemed a bit surprised by the Palestinian side's sudden willingness to quickly ink an accord.
The week-long Taba peace talks concluded on Saturday with an upbeat assessment from Israeli negotiators - backed up by a joint statement with the Palestinians - that the two sides were "closer than ever" to a final agreement, and just needed a little more time to close the deal.
Prime Minister Ehud Barak abruptly suspended peace talks with the Palestinians in Taba, Egypt, after the brutal killing of two Israelis by Palestinian gunmen.
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat is proposing another round of peace talks in an attempt to reach an agreement before Israeli elections on February 6th.
In a dramatic sign that the Palestinians are leaning toward accepting US President Bill Clintonâ€™s latest peace proposals, Yasser Arafat will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak in Egypt tomorrow.
JERUSALEM, Israel, 31 August 2000 (Newsroom) -- As Israeli and Palestinian leaders continue their pursuit of an illusive peace agreement, the question of who will control Temple Mount -- sacred to Jews, Christians and Muslims -- looms as the biggest obstacle to a settlement.
Just as Israeli and Palestinian negotiators were reporting serious progress in the marathon Taba talks, a double murder of two Tel Aviv residents shopping in Tulkarm prompted Prime Minister Ehud Barak to suspend the intensifying effort for an election-eve peace deal. The move appears to be temporary, however, as the two sides are set to meet back in Taba on Thursday, once the terror victims are in the ground.