An assessment of the landmark Oslo Accords of 1993 more than two decades on More than twenty years have passed since Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization concluded the Oslo Accords, or Declaration of Principles on Interim Self-Government Arrangements for Palestine. It was declared “a political breakthrough of immense importance.” Israel officially accepted the PLO as the legitimate representative of the Palestinian people, and the PLO recognized the right of Israel to exist. Critical views were voiced at the time about how the self-government established under the leadership of Yasser Arafat created a Palestinian-administered Israeli occupation, rather than paving the way towards an independent Palestinian state with substantial economic funding from the international community.
Through a number of essays written by renowned scholars and practitioners, the years since the Oslo Accords are scrutinized from a wide range of perspectives. Did the agreement have a reasonable chance of success? What went wrong, causing the treaty to derail and delay a real, workable solution? What are the recommendations today to show a way forward for the Israelis and the Palestinians?
Petter Bauck is a senior conflict adviser. He has published several books and articles on Eritrea and Afghanistan. He served as deputy head of the Norwegian Representative Office to the Palestinian Authority from 2000 to 2003, and currently works with the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation.
Mohammed Omer is a Palestinian journalist, reporting for numerous newspapers and journals in the USA, Scandinavia, and Germany, including The Nation, Al Jazeera, Aftonbladet, Junge Welt and The Electronic Intifada. He is a recipient of the Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism.
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The Oslo Accords 1993–2013
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