Israel and the Palestinian Authority agreed Tuesday on a detailed arrangement for opening the borders of Gaza and to allow freer movement for Palestinians elsewhere.
It took all-night negotiations and a strong diplomatic shove from U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to get a deal whose basic elements had been in the works for weeks.
"I have to say as a football fan, sometimes the last yard is the hardest, and I think we experienced that today," Rice told a news conference where she announced the agreement.
She praised the deal at a news conference as a "big step forward" in Israeli-Palestinian relations, bruised by nearly five years of bloody fighting.
"This agreement is intended to give Palestinian people the freedom to move, to trade, to live ordinary lives," Rice said. [Emphasis added]
UPDATE -- Nov. 17 Aaron has some additional angles on the border deal, including instant replay and bullets.
Posted by Forkum at November 15, 2005 02:09 PM