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Middle East / Barak United States Visit / Shoval Interview #431118

CNN Evening News for Thursday, Jul 15, 1999
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(Studio: Judy Woodruff) Report introduced.

(White House: Wolf Blitzer) The meeting of President Clinton with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak about the Middle East peace process featured; details given of the question of whether Israel can begin talks with Syria as well as the Palestinians. The Israeli view that the next several months are critical for the peace process and the role of the United States in the Middle East outlined.

(Studio: Judy Woodruff) Interview held with Israeli ambassador to the US Zalman Shoval. [SHOVAL - says there is already improved relations with the US; explains how the United States role should be as a facilitator instead of the more prominent role it has taken in the last few years; says Barak wants to move at the same time on the Syrian and Palestinian tracks; points out that the Palestinians have not fulfilled all their responsibilities in the Wye agreement; indicates that Israel and the Palestinians will have to both compromise; says the aims of all Israeli prime ministers are peace and security.]

Blitzer, Wolf;
Woodruff, Judy

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