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25 Years On, Oslo Peace Hopes a Fading Memory

Rabin, Clinton, and Arafat shake on Oslo Accords, 1993 (Photo: Vince Musi/The White House)

A quarter-century ago, the Oslo Accords teased the promise of peace in the Middle East at long last. However, as Israel (and those who stand for her) know all too well, that peace has never materialized. Israel Hayom takes a look at the foundation of peace that was laid 25 years ago and has since been shattered by terrorism and strained ties between the Palestinians and the U.S.:

As Palestinians prepare to lower the flag over their shuttered mission in Washington, no one can predict when they will return to the city where just a quarter of a century ago a diplomatic triumph was celebrated on a sunlit White House lawn.

Hosted by then-U.S. President Bill Clinton, Palestinian and Israeli leaders came together on Sept. 13, 1993 to sign the first of the Oslo Accords, designed to be the foundation of a permanent peace deal within five years that would create two states, side-by-side.

The three men who would win the Nobel Peace Prize the next year – Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Foreign Minister Shimon Peres of Israel and Palestine Liberation Organization chief Yasser Arafat – did not live to see peace in their time.

Now, with relations between U.S. President Donald Trump and the Palestinians, who see him as an unquestioning ally of right-wing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government, at a breaking point, the Oslo deal seems like a relic from a bygone age.

As if to drive home the flaws inherent in Oslo's original Declaration of Principles, 25 years later it is the very issues that were postponed for later resolution that are now dominating the headlines once again.

They include the status of Jerusalem – claimed by both sides as their capital – the fate of millions of Palestinian refugees from wars dating to 1948, Israeli settlements on occupied land that Palestinians want for a state, mutually acceptable security arrangements, and the issue of agreed borders...

Tags: History , Peace Process

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