Palestinian frustration with the peace deal crafted by this set of leaders appears to be stoking the violence of recent days (page 1).
The duration of this setback is unclear. Emotions are now pushing reason aside and this may mark the end of any progress by Clinton, Barak, and Arafat. Israel's Prime Minister Ehud Barak faces an election shortly. President Clinton is in his last days in office. And even Yasser Arafat is taking his share of heat now. Yesterday, Egypt and Syria called for an immediate Arab-nation summit to address the unrest.
Quote of note:
"Extremists on both sides can celebrate." - Meir Litvak, Israeli analyst.
- David Clark Scott World editor
REPORTERS ON THE JOB
HIGH SECURITY BABY STROLL: The violent unrest in and around Jerusalem isn't throughout the city. "It's quiet in West Jerusalem, where we live," notes the Monitor's Nicole Gaouette. But even there, security is heightened. Nicole and Cameron have come to count on a nearby park for "a slice of normalcy." The park is used by Jews and Arabs alike for family picnics, weddings, and basketball pick up games. But during a walk this weekend, Nicole encountered clusters of new parkgoers: teen Israeli soldiers lugging rifles nearly as long as they were tall. "Are you here relaxing or working?" asked Nicole, since even off-duty soldiers in Israel are required to carry their rifles. "Working," was the reply. "It wasn't the most relaxing walk in the park with my baby," notes Nicole.
Follow-up on a Monitor story..
Sao Paulo MAYOR: A left-wing politician was the apparent winner in mayoral voting in Brazil's biggest city, but she failed to gain enough support to avoid a runoff. With most of Sao Paulo's 7.1 million votes counted, Marta Suplicy of the Workers Party (see yesterday's edition) had 37 percent, while her two nearest contenders were tied with about 17.5 percent each
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