January------


Hebron handshake HEBRON ACCORD
On Jan. 15 a Palestinian merchant shakes the hand of a Jewish settler in the West Bank city of Hebron. Earlier in the day Netanyahu and Arafat came to an accord regarding the withdrawal of Israeli forces there.




March------



Protest against Har Homa EAST JERUSALEM HOUSING
Palestinians protest on a hill overlooking the Har Homa neighborhood in East Jerusalem where Israel plans to build homes for 30,000 Jews. If built as intended, the new housing would complete a sharp transformation in the historically Arab portion of the holy city. The Jewish population of East Jerusalem would become the decisive majority there.




March------


Policewoman with baby CAFE BOMBING
An Israeli policewoman carries a baby injured when a Palestinian suicide bomber attacked a Tel Aviv cafe. The Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, took responsibility for the bombing, citing a need to force Israel to stop a contested Jewish housing project in the traditionally Arab part of Jerusalem.




April------



Clinton and Netanyahu NETANYAHU MEETS WITH CLINTON
President Clinton tried without success to rescue the Middle East peace process during tense talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that left unclear how the deteriorating situation could be repaired.



April------


Injured Palestinian VIOLENCE IN HEBRON
A Palestinian youth lies on the ground after being hit by a rubber bullet fired by an Israeli soldier in a clash in Hebron. A hardening of public opinion on both sides has helped mark what increasingly looks like a turning point in what Israelis consider an experiment in negotiated peace.



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