Interview of the President By Michael Kramer of the New York Daily News Bcc:
                              THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Press Secretary
                          (Camp David, Maryland)
     Immediate Release                                  July 16, 2000

                        INTERVIEW OF THE PRESIDENT

MR. KRAMER: How's it going?

THE PRESIDENT:  I'm more optimistic than I was when they got here. This is
really important. We might make it. I don't know. God it's hard. It's like
nothing I've ever dealt with. All the negotiations with the Irish, all the
stuff I've done with the Palestinians before this and with the Israelis,
the Balkans at Dayton. What's really troubling is that they know if they
make a peace agreement half of their constituencies will have to be angry
at them for a while. But I would be totally misleading if I said I had an
inkling that a deal is at hand. That's just not true. But we're slogging.

MR. KRAMER: Will you leave for Japan on Wednesday:

THE PRESIDENT:  I hope so. I'm gonna do my best to finish here. There's
been some progress, but I can't say I know we'll succeed. They're trying.
It's so hard. My heart goes out to them. It's really hard. It's the hardest
thing I've ever seen.


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