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Saturday, October 24, 1998 Published at 06:04 GMT 07:04 UK


What the Wye deal promised

Palestinians clash with Israeli troops in the West Bank town of Bethlehem

The Israeli Prime Minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, and Palestinian leader, Yasser Arafat, reached agreement on a package of measures designed to restore the Middle East peace process.


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West Bank withdrawal

  • They relinquish another 13% of the West Bank to the Palestinians over a period of 90 days.
  • They transfer 14.2% of West Bank land from joint Israeli-Palestinian control to Palestinian control.

  • They set up a joint committee with Palestinians to discuss third-phase troop withdrawals.

Safe passage

  • They create a safe passage corridor for the free movement of Palestinians from the Gaza Strip to the West Bank.
  • They agree on opening a Palestinian airport and seaport in the southern Gaza Strip.

Releasing prisoners

  • They release 750 alleged Palestinian political prisoners in three stages starting after the signing of the agreement.


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Security guarantees

  • They take action against militant groups and arrest 30 people accused by Israel of terrorism.

  • They submit a detailed plan of action to arrest alleged terrorists and confiscate weapons under US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) supervision.

Charter amendment

  • They eliminate anti-Israel clauses in the Palestinian Covenant calling for the destruction of Israel.





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