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31 July 1997

D i v i s i o n f o r P a l e s t i n i a n R i g h t s

Chronological Review of Events Relating to the
Question of Palestine
Monthly media monitoring review

July 1997



Israeli Defence Minister Yitzhak Mordekhai met with PA Minister for International Cooperation Nabil Shaath in Herzliya at the residence of Egypt’s ambassador to Israel. Four “confidence-building measures” were discussed: the opening of the Palestinian airport in the Gaza Strip, the start of construction of a port in Gaza, free passage between the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, and release of Palestinian prisoners. (AFP)



Israeli and Palestinian negotiators met again to discuss the opening of the Palestinian airport and seaport, as well as the passage between the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Jamil al-Tarifi, PA Civil Affairs Minister, said the two sides remained far apart on the issues. (AFP)


The 10th Emergency Special Session of the UN General Assembly resumed its work in order to consider illegal Israeli actions in occupied East Jerusalem and the rest of the occupied Palestinian territory. The Assembly adopted a resolution entitled “Illegal Israeli actions in occupied East Jerusalem and the rest of the occupied Palestinian territory, in particular in occupied East Jerusalem”. The resolution (ES-10/3), sponsored by 23 States, was adopted with 131 votes in favour, 3 against (Israel, Micronesia, United States), with 14 abstentions (Andorra, Australia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Marshall Islands, Nicaragua, Romania, the Russian Federation, Rwanda, Slovakia and Uzbekistan). (AFP, Reuters)


President Chirac told Saudi daily Al-Sharq al-Awsat that France was “pushing with all its strength to unblock the peace process”. He said: “We are going to present the broad lines of this initiative”. (AFP)


PA President Arafat appointed his top legal adviser Fayez Abu-Rahme, 67, as the new attorney-general to replace Khaled al-Qidra, who resigned in June. (AFP, Reuters)



PA President Arafat and Israeli Foreign Minister Levy met in Brussels for their first meeting in three months. According to Jacques Poos, Foreign Minister of Luxembourg, which holds the current EU presidency, the two sides agreed to resume talks. They also agreed that the joint Israeli-Palestinian committees would get back to work. (AFP, Reuters)



According to Maariv, Israel may accept the creation of an independent Palestinian entity but will oppose the unilateral declaration of a Palestinian State. The paper said that the Prime Minister’s office is preparing a compromise project that would allow the Palestinian capital to be in Abu Dis or Ramallah, near Jerusalem but outside the city limits. Under the project, allegedly prepared for permanent status negotiations, Israel would set up early warning stations on territory likely to be transferred to the Palestinian entity, which would not be allowed to join an Arab military coalition or manufacture arms. (AFP)

Israel and the PA have decided to extend the mandate of the Temporary International Presence in Hebron for another six months. The present mandate was to have expired on 1 August. (AFP)



Saudi Prince Walid ibn Talal ibn Abdel Aziz made his first investment in the Palestinian self-rule territory. According to his office, US$10 million will be invested in the Palestine Development and Investment Company (PADICO) for hotel and housing projects. PADICO has a capital of US$200 million. (AFP)

Prime Minister Netanyahu asked the Knesset for another US$16 million to expand the Jewish settlements infrastructure in the West Bank. (AFP)


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