(CNN) -- The U.S.-hosted Mideast summit that tried to bridge
differences between Israel and the Palestinians was labeled
both a failure and a success Thursday, depending on whom you
Supporters of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cheered the
Israeli leader on his return from Washington for not making
concessions. But the Palestinians were downcast, and many
Arabs shared the view of a Palestinian policeman in Gaza
who predicted the violence was likely to resume.
"The general feeling after the failure of the summit is
disappointment and helplessness," Ayman Hassan said.
In the West Bank town of Hebron, a young man -- his face
covered and a rock in each hand -- appeared ready to resume
the intifada, the six-year Palestinian uprising that preceded
a peace agreement with Israel in 1993.
"They're all traitors, they sold us out long ago," he said,
apparently referring to summit participants, including
Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat and Jordan's
King Hussein. Arafat arrived Thursday in Morocco, where he
briefed King Hassan on the two-day Washington talks.
In Iran, Tehran Radio called for a resumption of the
intifada, arguing Israel "only understands the language of
resistance and firmness." The Islamic resistance movement
known as Hamas urged Palestinians to head to "total
confrontations" with Israeli forces and settlers after Friday
The Clinton administration said it got what it wanted from
the summit, even though Netanyahu would not set a target date
for the partial pullout from the West Bank town of Hebron
agreed to by his predecessors. Netanyahu also gave no
commitment to close the Jerusalem tunnel that runs near
Muslim holy places.
"There is more of a relationship (between Netanyahu and
Arafat) now than there was before," State Department
spokesman Nicholas Burns told CNN in a live interview
Thursday. "But clearly they have a long way to go." (15 sec./328K AIFF or WAV sound)
But Burns said the fact that the two sides renounced violence
and agreed to open continuous talks beginning Sunday in Gaza
made the situation "far better off" than last week when more
than 70 people were killed in Israeli-Palestinian violence.
On Thursday, the West Bank and Gaza were largely quiet. A
curfew imposed by Israeli authorities in Hebron was lifted
for three hours, prompting Palestinian youths to lob stones
at Israeli soldiers.
- In Jordan: "(Summit) results did not match up to
expectations," Information Minister Marwan Moasher told
reporters in Amman. Government-run newspapers blamed
Netanyahu for the outcome.
- In Syria: The official newspaper al-Baath said the summit
showed the time had come for Arabs to "sever ties with Israel
and freeze the multilateral talks."
- In Egypt: Government officials said the outcome was
disappointing but at least managed to put talks back on
- In Russia: Foreign Minister Yevgeny Primakov will visit the
Middle East later this month in a bid to give new impetus to
the peace process, ITAR-TASS news agency reported.
Palestinians who hoped the quickly called Washington summit
would produce concrete results were "too optimistic," former
Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres said Wednesday night.
But Peres, speaking in Los Angeles, said he remained
optimistic that a peace agreement eventually would be
Correspondent Bill Delaney in Hebron and Reuters contributed to this report.