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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: A Common Savior for Israel and the PLO in Exile?

The Oslo Accords: A Common Savior for Israel and the PLO in Exile?

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The Oslo Accords
Petter Bauck
American University in Cairo Press

This chapter explores additional explanations for the negotiations resulting in the Oslo Accords. The dynamics within the Palestinian polity in general and in the Occupied Territories in particular changed dramatically after the Israeli occupation in 1967, and even more with the outbreak of the first Intifada in 1987. The overarching question in this chapter is the extent to which these developments had a substantial impact on the parties, not only the Palestinians but also the Israelis, leading them more actively to engage in dialogue. The chapter also looks at the possible outcome of these negotiations in relation to these changes in the Palestinian polity, not least for the Palestinian leadership. Its role as a guarantor for the security of Israel rather than the security of the Palestinian people has remained a paradox for the civilian population, victims of indiscriminate shelling and extensive house demolitions. A closer look at the elections of 2006 may broaden our understanding of these dynamics and how they developed in the aftermath of the accords.

Keywords:   Oslo Accords, Israel, Palestine, peace process, Palestinian policy, Occupied Territories, negotiation

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