Friday, October 23, 1998 Published at 11:15 GMT 12:15 UK
World: Middle East
Peace deal done
The marathon talks at Wye went on late into the night
Israelis and Palestinians have reached an interim peace agreement, the White House has said.
He added that all parties were expected to join the president later in the day, but gave no details of a signing ceremony.
Progress was reported to have been made on several key issues including the release of Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails, amendments to the Palestinian charter - to drop references to the destruction of Israel - and security guarantees sought by Israel.
Israeli President Ezer Weizman, a frequent critic of the slow pace of peacemaking, called the accord "good for Israel and the majority of the country".
But Israeli right-wingers have blasted the peace deal as a "betrayal", saying it could lead to more bloodshed.
The militant Islamic movement, Hamas, has also denounced the accord and vowed to continue its attacks against Israeli targets.
"If it will bring more security to everyone involved, especially to the people of Israel, then he [Mr Netanyahu] is willing to take all the political risks _ connected to the signing of this agreement, " Mr Fogel said in a BBC interview.
"I think that if the Palestinians are able to show that they will be successful in fighting terror ... even in the right wing you will see support for this agreement," Mr Fogel said.
"The tribute must be paid to the American administration, to the personal involvement of President Clinton and Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. Without that contribution and input I do not think we would have succeeded in reaching a deal," Mr Safieh said.
Key elements of the deal