Israel, Palestinians Agree to Cease-Fire
(October 17, 2000)
Israel and the Palestinians agreed to a cease-fire
after U.S.-mediated negotiations at the Egyptian resort of Sharm
e-Sheikh. U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, Egyptian President Hosni
Mubarak and Jordan's King
Abdullah II also participated in the summit. Clinton met four
times with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud
Barak and three times with Palestine
Authority Chairman Yasir
Arafat from the beginning of the summit Monday morning (October
16) through 3:45 a.m. Tuesday, when the final session broke off.
Three hours later, the leaders appeared before reporters and stood on
either side of the President Bill Clinton as he announced the
Here are the major points agreed upon:
Both sides will act immediately to calm the situation.
The two leaders accept that there will be an immediate cease-fire and
a pullback of Israeli forces to their positions prior to the latest
wave of violence.
Israel's closure of all Palestinian autonomous areas is to be
Israel has agreed to the re-opening of Dahaniyie Airport in Gaza.
The United States agreed to lead a fact-finding committee to the
region to investigate Palestinian claims of Israel human rights
abuses in conjunction with the Israelis and Palestinians and in
consultation with the United Nations. Clinton said the results would
be shared with the U.N. and released under the auspices of his
There is to be a resumption of peace-making efforts efforts and to
this end the US will consult with Israel and the Palestinians over
the course of the next two weeks.
There was no mention of Israeli demands that the Palestinian
Authority restrain or disarm the 'Tanzim' Fatah brigades.