After a summit at Wye River, Maryland from 15-23 Oct 1998, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and PA Chairman Yasir Arafat signed the Wye River Memorandum which delineated parallel, incremental steps to be taken over a 12-week period to complete implementation of prior agreements. A time line attached to the Memorandum defined an exchange of Israeli redeployments from the West Bank in return for concrete security measures to be taken by the Palestinians.The Israeli parliament, the Knesset, approved the Memorandum by a vote of 75–19. The Memorandum determined that it would enter into force on 2 Nov 1998, ten days from the date of signature. On 18 Dec 1998, the Clinton administration and the EU declared satisfaction with implementation of the first phase of the Memorandum. However, implementation faltered, both sides accusing each other of not fulfilling its share of responsibilities under the Memorandum. Further implementation of the agreement remained unfinished.
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