Saturday, October 24, 1998 Published at 05:01 GMT 06:01 UK
World: Middle East
Middle East deal signed
The agreement was signed at the White House
President Clinton has hailed the signing of an interim Middle East peace agreement as a major step towards the day when Israelis and Palestinians will live together in peace and security.
The agreement was clinched after nine days and nights of intense negotiations that also involved King Hussein of Jordan.
The deal requires the Israelis to withdraw from a further 13% of the West Bank and to begin the release of Palestinian prisoners.
Analysts say these issues are minor compared to those that lie ahead - the status of Palestinian refugees, the control of Jerusalem and the shape of the final borders for Israel and the Palestinian entity.
Building on trust
"Both parties must now build on that trust, and carry out their commitments," he said.
He said negotiators had overcome tremendous challenges, which filled him with confidence that a final peace settlement could be met.
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat said the deal showed the peace process was moving forward.
He said the Palestinians would never turn away from peace and that the days of confrontation and violence were over.
There was praise from all the speakers for King Hussein of Jordan, who was present to facilitate the talks despite serious illness.
"It has been a shot in the arm for me, what you have accomplished today," the King said at the signing ceremony.
Washington correspondent Richard Lister says this is the beginning of an even more difficult phase of the peace process.
"The two sides will first have to overcome hostility to this interim agreement at home before opening discussions on Palestinian statehood and the future of Jerusalem," he said.
Spy threat to deal
Mr Pollard was arrested in 1985 and jailed for passing military intelligence documents to Israel.
The Israelis were insisting on Mr Pollard's release as part of the peace deal.
The deadlock was broken when President Clinton agreed to carry out a review of the case.