Clinton, Barak Speak by Telephone
HAZARD, Ky. (AP) _ President Clinton spoke briefly Monday with Israeli Prime Minister-elect Ehud Barak.
Barak, scheduled to take office this week, is expected to visit Washington within a few weeks. The two leaders discussed the possibility of a visit, though no date was set.
Clinton followed the 12-minute telephone conversation with a call to his national security adviser, Sandy Berger.
Barak has just completed forming a coalition government and is to be sworn in Tuesday.
Last week, Clinton ruffled Israeli leaders when he told a news conference that Palestinian refugees should be free to live ``wherever they like.″
Barak took that as a sign of support for the Palestinians’ long-standing demand to reclaim homes in Israel. But American officials quickly assured the Israelis that U.S. neutrality on the matter had not changed.