Members25 years Oslo Accords Chronicle of a Promised Peace

Twenty-five years have passed, and there is still heavy dispute over how the “Oslo” accords should be judged.

By Aviel Schneider |
Yasser Arafat
Photo: GPO/Ohayon Avi

Signed in September 1993 by Yasser Arafat and Yitzhak Rabin, the agreement established the Palestinian Authority and recognized the PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) as the leadership of the Palestinian people.

Was Oslo a failure? Or, do we have it to thank for the situation today, which can be considered the most stable and economically-successful that Israel has yet known? Those Israelis behind the agreement had believed it would lead to widespread prosperity and a genuine peace. Others warned that it was a Trojan horse. Euphoria prevailed in the beginning, but after only a few weeks we understood what a mistake Israel had made.

According to a survey conducted on the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Oslo accords on the White House lawn, 68 percent of Israelis believe that the peace process it spawned has utterly failed. More than that, 67 percent of Israelis now feel that the “land for peace” formula that forms the basis of the accords is no longer viable. The study was presented to the Knesset by Gregg Roman of the Middle...

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