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Israelis, Palestinians Work on Cease-fire

Friday, 28 September 2001 12:00 AM

They also agreed on several "confidence building measures," the Israeli Defense Minister's media adviser, Yarden Vatikay, said.

The meeting was arranged after Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat met Wednesday to get a cease-fire in place with the hopes that it would eventually lead to renewed peace talks.

The Israeli team included the head of the army's Planning Directorate, Maj. Gen. Giora Eiland who was with Peres in Gaza, the heads of the Central and Southern commands and a representative of the Israel Security Agency. The Israeli report did not say who the Palestinians were.

"It was agreed to continue the outline in the Tenet document and to hold meetings at regional commanders' level, Sunday," Vatikay reported. The Tenet document, brokered by CIA Director George Tenet in June, provided a blueprint for ceasing violence but was not implemented.

But rather than keep the deal to strict cease-fire issues, the parties also decided on confidence-building measures.

Israel on Sunday was scheduled to open the Rafah crossing between the Gaza Strip and Egypt and ease closures it had imposed on Palestinian towns and travel. The Palestinians promised to make "a special effort" to stop the shooting in the Rafah area as well as mortar bombings.

Fighting nevertheless continued Friday, the first anniversary of the visit to the Temple Mount, known as Al Harem El Sharif to Muslims and a hole site to both Islam and Judaism, by then-opposition leader and now Prime minister Ariel Sharon. The visit tripped off a year of bloody confrontations in which hundreds of people have died.

After Friday's prayers by Muslims, the clashes renewed, with at least four Palestinians killed and dozens injured after they pelted Israeli soldiers with stones.

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