Sept. 13, 1993: Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization sign their first major agreement, an interim deal that gives the Palestinians autonomy in parts of the West Bank and Gaza Strip. 

Nov. 4, 1995: Ultranationalist Jew assassinates Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. Shimon Peres assumes office. 

May 29, 1996: Hard-liner Benjamin Netanyahu elected prime minister. 

March 1997: Palestinians suspend negotiations after Israel breaks ground for Jewish neighborhood in disputed east Jerusalem. 

Oct. 23, 1998: Israeli and Palestinian leaders meeting at Wye River, Md., agree on interim land-for-peace deal on the West Bank. 

November 1998: Riots erupt throughout Palestinian areas over the continued detention of Palestinians jailed for anti-Israel attacks, effectively crippling peace accords. 

May 17, 1999: Ehud Barak elected prime minister. 

Sept. 4, 1999: Barak and Arafat revive negotiations, announce ambitious plans for full-fledged peace by Sept. 13, 2000. 

February 2000: Arafat breaks off talks with Barak, expresses anger at him for lagging on peace timetable. 

March 9, 2000: Barak and Arafat meet at Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, revive talks and set new deadlines. 

July 20, 2000: Nine-day summit convened by President Clinton ends with no agreement; Barak and Arafat agree to press on with their talks. 

Sept. 28, 2000: Israel's hawkish opposition leader, Ariel Sharon, visits disputed Jerusalem shrine. Violence breaks out afterward, with more than 380 people killed to date, mostly Palestinians. 

Oct. 17: Barak and Arafat agree to a cease-fire at a summit in Egypt, directed by Clinton, but it never takes hold. 

Dec. 23: Israeli and Palestinian negotiating teams wind up talks near Washington without reaching agreement; Clinton offers proposals for solving remaining issues. 

Jan. 11: Israeli and Palestinian negotiating teams resume peace talks. 

Jan. 20: Clinton leaves office without having attained a major goal of a final peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians. 

Jan. 27: Six days of intense peace talks in Taba, Egypt, end without an agreement that Barak had hoped to present to voters for his re-election Feb. 6. 

Feb. 1: Barak calls off international efforts to work out a summit with Arafat before election.