Jan. 21-27, 2001
Players: Israel Foreign Minister Shlomo Ben-Ami and Palestinian chief negotiator Saeeb Erekat
Agenda: The six days of talks, which followed frenetic negotiations in Washington and Cairo and occurred amidst the escalating violence of the intifadah were aimed at bridging the gap between the two sides revealed at Camp David, largely through a series of compromise proposals developed by President Clinton.
Outcome: Although Taba came closer to agreeing on terms for a final settlement than any previous summits negotiators from both sides said they were weeks away from reaching a deal the Oslo process had run out of time. The summit ended only days before the Israeli election, which Barak lost to Ariel Sharon. The new prime minister was a staunch opponent of Oslo who had campaigned on promises to deal harshly with Palestinian violence. He made clear that the final-status talks that had begun at Camp David were now moot.
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