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Wednesday, 26 July, 2000, 16:15 GMT 17:15 UK
What did Camp David achieve?
Clinton, Barak and Arafat
All smiles at the start of the Camp David summit
Although a news blackout operated throughout the Camp David summit, the basic outlines and much of the detail of the negotiations have emerged through deliberate leaks and the statements of officials directly or indirectly linked to the talks. The following is a round up of what appears to have been agreed at the summit, and what was not.


The central failure at the summit was the inability of the parties to come up with a formula to reconcile their competing claims to Jerusalem.

  • Israel offered: Ehud Barak, and the US bridging proposal, are believed to have offered Palestinian municipal control of some far-flung areas of East Jerusalem, and access by underground tunnel to the Al-Aqsa mosque, the third holiest site in Islam

  • Palestinians demanded: Yasser Arafat was adamant that Israel must give up East Jerusalem including the Old City, except for Jewish holy sites

  • UN resolutions call for the return of East Jerusalem and all of the Old City to Palestinian control and sovereignty


  • Family reunions: Israel is reported to have put forward a compromise solution under which 100,000 Palestinian refugees, out of 3.6 million, would be allowed to return to Israel under a family reunification scheme

  • Compensating refugees: The remaining refugees, Israel proposed, would be compensated by an international fund to which Israel would contribute

  • Palestinian acceptance: Mr Arafat is said to have made it clear that this was an acceptable staring point for negotiations on the issue

  • Apology: Mr Barak is believed to have refused to apologise for causing the Palestinian refugee problem, at the creation of the Israeli state in 1948.


The two sides are believed to have quickly agreed that a future Palestinian state would comprise 90% of the West Bank and all of the Gaza Strip.


Reports say it was agreed that the most densely populated Jewish settlements, where the vast majority of West Bank settlers live, would be annexed by Israel, possibly in return for some Israeli territory.

Agreed but not agreed

Despite making what President Clinton describes as "significant progress" on core issues, Israeli and Palestinian officials have said that the issues agreed on were poisoned by the failure to agree on Jerusalem.

President Clinton said in his statement following the collapse of the summit: "Under the operating rules that nothing is agreed until everything is agreed, they are of course not bound by any proposal discussed at the summit."

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