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Middle East / Israel and Palestinians / Ross Interview #420063

CNN Evening News for Tuesday, Jan 13, 1998
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(Studio: Judy Woodruff) Report introduced.

(West Bank and Jerusalem: Jerrold Kessel) The current background for future peace initiatives between the Israelis and Palestinians outlined; scenes shown from Nablus, West Bank, where a bomb factory was found by the Palestinian police in an unoccupied house. [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin NETANYAHU - comments on the cooperation from the Palestinians.] [Israeli Knesset member Azmi BISHARI - comments.] The stark political choices facing Netanyahu noted.

(Studio: Judy Woodruff) Plans for Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority president Yasir Arafat to meet with President Clinton this month noted; scenes shown of United States envoy Dennis Ross meeting with both sides. [In live interview, ROSS - sums up his mission to the Middle East to prepare the ground for the Clinton talks; says both sides must fulfill their obligations for the peace process to go forward; sets a perspective on the coming meeting of Clinton with Arafat and Netanyahu; talks about the United States role in trying to create an atmosphere of trust.]

Kessel, Jerrold;
Woodruff, Judy

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