JERUSALEM (AP) _ In an atmopshere of political tension, President Clinton today called on Israel and the Palestinians to use ``honest discussion,'' not violence, in dealing with their differences over the Wye land-for-peace deal.

Meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Clinton echoed Israel's concerns over violence and said he would ask Congress for $1.2 billion in special assistance to help carry out the accord and security measures connected to it.

Netanyahu, in a warm tribute to Clinton, who is in political difficulty at home, said no other leader has shown more perserverance in seeking peace. But the prime minister made clear that the Palestine National Council must complete the voiding of anti-Israel provisions in the PLO charter in order for the peace process to regain momentum.