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Middle East / Israel-US Relations / Settlement Expansion / Ben-Elissar Interview #404057

CNN Evening News for Tuesday, Dec 17, 1996
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(Studio: Bernard Shaw) The critical reaction from the United States to Israel's decision to expand settlements in the occupied territories reviewed. [Secretary of State Warren CHRISTOPHER - expresses concern about events in Israel, including the discussions on Hebron and the settlement issue.] The criticism from Palestinian Authority president Yasir Arafat and three former US Secretaries of State to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's announcement about the expansion plans mentioned. Interview held with Israel's ambassador to the United States Eliahu Ben-Elissar. [BEN-ELISSAR - says Israel has decided not to expand settlements, that President Clinton is considered a friend of Israel and that a peace settlement will be reached with the Palestinians; suggests the media is criticizing Israel unfairly at a time when it is ready to withdraw from Hebron and sign an accord with the Palestinians; reacts to the letter written to Israel from three former US Secretaries of State and other notables; asserts that the Israeli-Palestinian peace process is alive, not dead.]

Shaw, Bernard

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