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Middle East Peace Talks: A Tense Wait in JerusalemAired July 24, 2000 - 1:05 p.m. ET
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KYRA PHILLIPS, CNN ANCHOR: The future of the Mideast hanging in the balance, Palestinians and Israelis are watching the peace talks very closely.
CNN Jerusalem bureau chief Mike Hanna brings us up to date.
MIKE HANNA, CNN JERUSALEM BUREAU CHIEF (voice-over): Arabs and Israelis scuffle in the West Bank. The soldiers here in Palestinian territory to protect bulldozers laying a road to a nearby Israeli settlement. The existence of the settlements, what Palestinians regard as unacceptable Jewish enclaves in their territory, one of the many contentious issues being discussed at Camp David.
SALAH TAAMARI, PALESTINIAN PARLIAMENT MEMBER: While people are talking about Camp David and about peace agreements, Israeli bulldozers are grabbing more and more of the Palestinian land.
HANNA: On the Mount of Olives, a group of Israeli opposition politicians look over an old city they believe the Palestinians are attempting to seize. Among those here, deep anger at Prime Minister Ehud Barak, who they believe is making unacceptable concessions at Camp David, a sentiment echoed in graffiti on the walls of the city.
"Barak betrays Jerusalem," it reads.
ARIEL SHARON, LIKUD PARTY LEADER: Barak broke his promise, no doubt about it. He was elected. Once he said very clearly, "Jerusalem will be forever united and undivided, the eternal capital of the Jewish people in the state of Israel." He broke his pledge. That's what happened.
"You cannot go beyond that line," says the soldier back in the desert. And as the talks at Camp David continue, more and more Israelis and Palestinians are drawing their lines in the sand.
(on camera): Nobody outside Camp David can say with any certainty exactly what is being discussed. Nevertheless, watching from a distance, many Israelis and Palestinians are reinforcing their positions, according to their hopes or fears.
Mike Hanna, CNN, Jerusalem.
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