Thursday, October 22, 1998 Published at 17:07 GMT 18:07 UK
World: Middle East
Clinton pushes for quick deal
Palestinians demonstrate in support of those held in Israeli jails
Mr Clinton told reporters that following the near-collapse of the talks on Wednesday the hardest decisions were now on the table.
The week-long negotiations have focused on American proposals for a phased Israeli withdrawal from a further 13% of the West Bank in exchange for extra Palestinian security measures.
'We are not suckers'
The Israeli Prime Minister, Binyamin Netanyahu mentioned two particular demands.
Tensions rose further when the Israeli side accused Washington of siding with the Palestinians on the issue of security.
Mr Netanyahu is quoted as saying at that point on Wednesday: "We're getting nothing. They are getting something. We are not suckers."
Issues on the table
This was confirmed by the Israeli spokesman, Aviv Bushinsky. "There was progress on security," he said.
Ahmed Tibi, a member of the Palestinian team, said that the issues of the Palestinian charter and the proposed Israeli withdrawal were the toughest issues left to resolve.
"There's nothing in the Palestinian dictionary called extradition," he said. "We'll not extradite any Palestinians to Israel."
President Clinton has invested much time in the negotiations, and has put the full prestige of the White House and his foreign policy team behind the effort to break the deadlock.
His efforts have been supported by the presence of Jordan's King Hussein, who despite being seriously ill with cancer, has already spent seven hours at the talks.