Sunday, December 13, 1998 Published at 21:16 GMT
World: Middle East
Clinton's peace appeal
The Clintons visit Yitzhak Rabin's grave with widow, Leah
President Clinton has issued a passionate appeal to Israelis to work together with Palestinians to achieve peace and reiterated the United States would stand with Israel every step of the way.
"The peace process will succeed if it comes with a recognition that the fulfilment of one side's aspirations must come with and not at the expense of the fulfilment of the other side's dreams," he said.
He argued that if Israel was to achieve security then there was no alternative but to work with the Palestinians.
Receiving warm applause throughout his address from an audience of students in Jerusalem, he also said Palestinian leaders must work harder to comply with their land-for-security deal with Israel and avoid "unilateral actions", a reference to declaring a state.
Earlier Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu had warned the Palestinian Authority it must "officially and unequivocally" renounce their intention to declare a Palestinian state in May 1999.
For his part, Mr Clinton promised he would ask Congress to approve a $1.2bn aid package to help Israel meet its security needs.
BBC Middle East Correspondent Paul Adams said three hours of talks this morning did not result in any visible softening in Mr Netanyahu's uncompromising posture.
Mr Clinton's visit to Israel comes as further violence broke out in the West Bank, with a Jewish settler stabbed by a Palestinian woman in an attack apparently timed to coincide with the presidential visit.
Delegates will once more confirm their support for changes to the PLO's charter, removing clauses calling for Israel's destruction.
The trip to Gaza has drawn criticism in Israel as amounting to a symbolic endorsement of Palestinian aspirations for statehood.
Mr Clinton's trip was intended to solidify the land-for-security accord he brokered in October.
Instead, it has turned into a rescue mission for the deal which Mr Netanyahu put on hold last week over what he alleges are Palestinian violations of the peace deal.
The accord has turned into a political nightmare for Mr Netanyahu, with hardliners in his right-wing coalition threatening to topple him for agreeing to give up occupied land in the West Bank.