WASHINGTON (Feb. 3)
Israel’s outgoing ambassador to Washington, Zalman Shoval, met Wednesday with Vice President Albert Gore.
Israeli sources said the ambassador thanked the vice president for the position the United States had taken on the issue of the Palestinian deportees.
The U.S. government worked with Israel to craft a compromise allowing 100 of the 415 Palestinians deported to Lebanon in December to come back almost immediately, with the rest to return to the administered territories before year’s end.
While the deal has been rejected by the Palestinians, the United States maintains the compromise fulfills a U.N. Security Council resolution calling for the return of the deportees.
In response to a reporter’s question about the deportation issue, Gore reportedly said that even if the United States had differences of opinion with Israel, they would be resolved in a friendly manner.
The vice president added that the two countries would continue their dialogue as is suitable in a relationship between two allies, Israeli sources said.
During the meeting with Gore, Shoval expressed hope that the U.S.-Israeli dialogue would continue. The ambassador also thanked the vice president for his personal friendship.