"Peace must mean many things -- legitimate rights for Palestinians, real security for Israel. But it must begin with something even more basic -- mutual recognition, seeing people who are different, with whom there have been profound differences, as people."
Remarks to the Members of the Palestinian National Council
And Other Palestinian Organizations
December 14, 1998
Since coming into office, President Clinton has dedicated his time and energy to promoting a just, lasting and comprehensive peace in the Middle East that will ensure the security of Israel and the well being of its neighbors. The United States has helped broker agreements between Israel and the Palestinians and between Israel and Jordan and led the efforts toward a resumption of the Israeli-Syrian talks. President Clinton has made clear that the United States stands firmly by those who have taken risks for peace, providing them with strong political, economic and material support; and demonstrated to the enemies of peace that violence and terror will not succeed in disrupting the peace process. At the same time, the United States has maintained its long-standing commitment to the security of Israel, strengthened its ties with Egypt and Jordan and built a new relationship with the Palestinian Authority and the Palestinian people.
A RECORD OF ACCOMPLISHMENT
Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process
Israel-Jordan Peace Treaty
TIMELINE OF ACCOMPLISHMENT
President Clinton has made over one hundred and seventy-five telephone calls to heads-of-state in direct support of the Middle East peace process. In his six visits to the region, the President helped advance the peace process. President Clinton also hosted a number of meetings and summits in the United States to move the process forward: the Israel-Syria talks at Shepherdstown in 1999, the Wye River meetings in 1998, the 1995 Washington Summit, the 1994 signing of the Washington Declaration by Israel and Jordan which ended the war between the two states and the signing of the Declaration of Principles in 1993, forever remembered for the historic hand-shake between Prime Minister Rabin and Chairman Arafat.
|July 2000||President Clinton hosts highest level negotiations ever between Israel and Palestinians on permanent status issues.|
|December 1999||President Clinton hosts the highest-level talks ever between Israel and Syria.|
|December 1998||First President to visit Gaza and to address a meeting of the Palestinian National Council which led to the formal cancellation of those clauses of the PLO Charter that call for the destruction of Israel.|
|October 1998||After spending more than a week at Wye mediating between Prime Minister Netanyahu and Chairman Arafat, President Clinton achieves the Wye River Memorandum between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. The agreement led to unprecedented Israeli-Palestinian security cooperation, agreement by the Palestinians to annul provisions of the PLO Charter that called for the destruction of Israel, Israeli agreement to further land withdrawals, the release of Palestinian detainees and steps to help promote the Palestinian economy.|
|August 22, 1998||Furthering the ability of the United States to combat terrorist groups, President Clinton signs Executive Order 13099.|
|March 13, 1996||President Clinton leads the Summit of the Peacemakers in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.|
|September 28, 1995||President Clinton hosts a White House ceremony at which Israel and the Palestinians sign the Interim Agreement on the West Bank and Gaza Strip as provided for in the Declaration of Principles.|
|September 28, 1995||President Clinton hosts the Washington summit attended by King Hussein, President Mubarak, Prime Minister Rabin and Chairman Arafat to accelerate the process.|
|February 12, 1995||President Clinton hosts the Blair House Ministerial with Egypt, Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority.|
|January 24, 1995||President Clinton signs Executive Order 12947, declaring a national emergency to deal with the threat of terrorists that disrupt the Middle East Peace Process.|
|October 26, 1994||Treaty of Peace signed by Israel and Jordan at Arava. The treaty includes full diplomatic relations between the states, as well as broad cooperation in other areas. President Clinton's participation in the signing ceremony underscores the U.S. commitment to peace in the region.|
|October 1994||President Clinton travels to the Middle East, including a stop in Damascus.|
|July 25, 1994||President Clinton hosts the signing of the Washington Declaration between Israel and Jordan which put an end to the state of war between the two states.|
|January 16, 1994||President Clinton meets with President Asad in Geneva. President Asad states his commitment to "put an end to the Arab-Israeli conflict."|
|October 1, 1993||President Clinton inaugurates the trilateral U.S.-Jordan-Israel Economic Committee.|
|September 13, 1993||
President Clinton hosts the signing of the Declaration of Principles by Israel and the PLO.
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