Albright to Palestinians, Israelis: Think before acting
August 6, 1997
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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- In a speech at the National Press Club on Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright formally announced a trip to the Middle East this month -- but not before taking both Israelis and Palestinians to task for the recent disruptions in the peace process.
"Both sides must think seriously and in advance about the potential impact of what they do and say," Albright said. "They must do more than ask whether an action is technically legal."
And after a week of blasting Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat for doing too little to curb terrorism, Albright laid into Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu -- without naming him -- for expanding Jewish housing in disputed territory.
"These actions have generated uncertainty among many Palestinians about Israeli intentions," Albright said.
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