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The Oslo AccordsA Critical Assessment$
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Petter Bauck and Mohammed Omer

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9789774167706

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774167706.001.0001

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The Oslo Accords: Their Context, Their Consequences

The Oslo Accords: Their Context, Their Consequences

(p.1) 1 The Oslo Accords: Their Context, Their Consequences
The Oslo Accords

Noam Chomsky

American University in Cairo Press

In September 1993, United States President Bill Clinton presided over a handshake between Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestine Liberation Organization Chairman Yasser Arafat on the White House lawn—capping off a “day of awe,” as the press described it with reverence. The occasion was the announcement of the Declaration of Principles (DOP) for political settlement of the Israel–Palestine conflict, which resulted from secret meetings in Oslo sponsored by the Norwegian government. This chapter examines the nature and significance of the Oslo Accords, and the consequences that flowed from them. It begins by reviewing highlights of the immediate background that set the context for the negotiations. It then turns to the DOP and the consequences of the Oslo process, which extends to the present, adding a few words on lessons that should be learned.

Keywords:   Oslo Accords, Oslo II, Israel–Palestine conflict, Declaration of Principles, Bill Clinton, Yitzhak Rabin, Yasser Arafat, political settlement, Norway

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