A born­dead ac­cord

In the 25 years af­ter the “his­toric” Oslo ac­cord was signed un­der the aegis of the U.S., Is­rael sys­tem­at­i­cally un­der­mined its stated goal of a full-fledged Pales­tinian state. Now the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion is mak­ing bla­tant at­tempts to dis­man­tle the two-sta

FrontLine - - WORLD AFFAIRS - BY JOHN CHE­RIAN

SEPTEM­BER 13 THIS YEAR MARKED THE 25TH an­niver­sary of the sign­ing of the “his­toric” Oslo Peace ac­cord be­tween Is­rael and Pales­tine. A sup­ple­men­tary ac­cord, Oslo II, was signed in 1995 di­vid­ing the West Bank into three con­tigu­ous re­gions. The sign­ing cer­e­mony of the Oslo ac­cord in 1993 took place in the White House in Wash­ing­ton. For the first time, the Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ter, Yitzhak Rabin, and the Pales­tinian leader, Yasser Arafat, shook hands un­der the be­nign gaze of United States Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton. It was the first pub­lic hand­shake by an Is­raeli and a Pales­tinian leader. The ac­cords were named af­ter the Nor­we­gian cap­i­tal Oslo, where most of the se­cret ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween Is­rael and the Pales­tine Lib­er­a­tion Or­gan­i­sa­tion (PLO) took place un­der U.S. su­per­vi­sion. Arafat had been try­ing to use the good of­fices of the Nor­we­gian gov­ern­ment to es­tab­lish back chan­nel talks with the Is­raelis since 1979 but was re­buffed by suc­ces­sive Is­raeli gov­ern­ments. It

SEPTEM­BER 13, 1993: Watched by U.S. Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton, Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ter Yitzakh Rabin and PLO leader Yasser Arafat shake hands, at the White House in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., af­ter sign­ing the Oslo ac­cord.

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