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Editorial Board

Adnan Abdelrazek

Danny Rubinstein

Sam'an Khoury

Daniel Bar-Tal

Galia Golan

Gershon Baskin

Hind Khoury

Edy Kaufman

Ata Qaymari

Benjamin Pogrund

Nafez Nazzal

Dan Jacobson

Jumana Jaouni

Moshe Maoz

Munther Dajani

Khuloud Khayyat Dajani

Izhak Schnell

Lucy Nusseibah

Meir Margalit

Menachem Klein

Ali Abu Shahla

Ilan Baruch

Hanna Siniora

Yehudit Oppenheimer

Mossi Raz

Susie Becher

Frances Raday

Oslo 25 Years After: Realities, Challenges and Prospects
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Table of Contents


  • Oslo Then and Now — What's Next
         by Hillel Schenker

    Film Review
  • The Oslo Diaries (2017) by Mor Loushy and Daniel Sivan, review by Freddie Rokem

    Memories of Oslo
  • What Became Israel’s Best Magic Trick Is Our Worst Nightmare
          With the Oslo Accords the Israelis deceived and betrayed us; they presented us with a meaningless and worthless autonomy.
         by Azzam Tawfiq Abu Saud

  • Oslo: A Personal Account
          Those of us who lived through that period have a responsibility to share the history and the hope of those times with the younger generation in order to keep alive the belief that things change and to encourage them to continue the struggle for a just and lasting peace.
         by Susie Becher

  • It's Not Over til the Fat Lady Sings
          What we need is a strategy to finally achieve what we declared we would accept in 1988, through the same body that created the State of Israel in 1947, and to finally see implemented all UN resolutions relating to the question of Palestine.
         by Said Hamad

  • The Oslo Process 25 Years On
          Peace is now much more difficult because both sides have a tough “once bitten, twice shy” skin that is seemingly impenetrable.
         by Paul Scham

  • After 25 Years of the Oslo Accords: Reality on the Ground Explains It Well
          I feel angry not only because this agreement failed to fulfill the aspirations of the Palestinian people but also because Israel has used the time since Oslo to confiscate more land to expand existing settlements and to build new ones.
         by Safa Dhaher

  • Impressions of Oslo – Then and Now
          There is nothing more important than grabbing hold of the flickering light that shines at the end of the dark tunnel and continuing the struggle for the realization of the principles of the Oslo Accords.
         by Oded Hon

    Recently Received Books and Publications
  • Received Books and Publications

  • Oslo, Then and Now
          We must construct a revamped vision and architecture upon the more resilient conceptual, substantive, and procedural building blocks tested in the course of the multiple efforts to translate the prospect of a durable arrangement into a working and viable reality.
         by Naomi Chazan

  • Oslo Process and the Palestinian Economy: Promises vs. Reality
          Only with full Palestinian sovereignty over the land occupied in 1967 can the Palestinian economy regain lost ground, recover the ability to function and grow, and secure the requisite conditions to proceed on the path of sustainable development.
         by Mohammed Samhouri

  • Oslo: Recognizing the Breakthrough
          Although the ambiguity of the Oslo Accords facilitated the actions of the spoilers that ultimately led to failure, the foundation laid by the PLO's 1988 resolution and the breakthrough that came of Israel's response created a positive turning point.
         by Galia Golan

  • Jerusalem: 25 years after Oslo – A UN perspective
          A summary of UN General Assembly and Security Council resolutions following the Oslo Accords shows how, unlike the General Assembly resolutions, supported by great number of nations, the Security Council is prevented from being firmer with the Israeli violations and its obligations under the international law.
         by Adnan Abdelrazek

  • Oslo: A Dead Process but a Living Idea
          In the long run, Oslo and the two-state solution may still prove successful, given the immense problems with agreeing on and implementing any imaginable alternative solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
         by Ilan Peleg

  • Process Managers: How U.S. Mediation Doomed the Peace Process
          One could only imagine what might have happened had the U.S. vigorously promoted its final status proposals from early on and throughout the process.
         by Dan Rothem

  • Oslo Process from a Path to Peace, to a Tool to Sustain the Israeli Occupation
          The Palestinian negotiators found themselves alone in front of the Israeli negotiators with the delusion of having an American mediator, whereas there was no significant difference between the U.S. and the Israeli position.
         by Sufian Abu Zaideh

  • The Endurance of the Fragile Oslo Accords
          The Oslo Accords created a framework comprised of many parts, each of which contains a structural contradiction, and the framework is holding up precisely because of its complexity and fragility.
         by Menachem Klein

  • Withdrawing from the Oslo Accords: The Day After
          Given Israel's failure to comply with the Oslo Accords and wars waged against Gaza, it is time for the Palestinian leadership to withdraw from the accords and declare the State of Palestine.
         by Hassan Asfour

  • My Oslo
         From the euphoria of the first days following Oslo to the loss of direction today, the peace process went through waves of ups and downs.
         by Izhak Schnell

  • The Future of the Palestinian Cause in the Shadow of the “Deal of the Century”
          The Trump administration has adopted the Israeli regional plan and has started to implement it.
         by Omar Shaban

  • A Jewish-Palestinian Federation, an Evolutionary Development of the Oslo Process
         An underlying assumption of this proposal is the genuine pursuit of Jewish-Palestinian social, economic and political equality in a federation, and a concerted effort to minimize regional income differentials.
         by Emanuel Shahaf and by Arieh Hess

  • Oslo: A Peace Proposal, or a “Time Out” Till the “Full Victory” of Israel?
         Israel in its 70th year appears to have returned to the early days of Zionism, combined with all its aggressiveness and exceptionalism that leaves no place for Palestinians.
         by Walid Salem

  • The biggest secret is that the one who initiated Oslo wants to abolish it, and those who are against the agreement are sticking to it
         by Yossi Beilin

  • 25 Years Since the Oslo Accords — What Next?
         Ilan Baruch, Amb. Hind Khoury, Nadia Harhash, Liel Maghen, and Jessica Montell. Moderated by Hillel Schenker and Ziad AbuZayyad

  • The Israeli Lobby in American Foreign Policy: How Growing Partisan Support for Israel Could Change the Status Quo
         As U.S. support for Israel threatens to become further polarized across the political spectrum, the special relationship likely will become more of a party-based policy approach than broad bipartisan support — which will truly alter the dynamics of the relationship.
         by Joze M. Pelayo

    Book Review
  • Vision and Division in Israel by Sarah Kreimer, review by Zak Witus

  • In Pursuit of Peace in Israel and Palestine by Gershon Baskin, review by Zak Witus

  • No Country for Jewish Liberals by Larry Derfner, review by Zak Witus

  • Ashes
         by Samih AI-Qasim

  • Circling
         by Khalid Ali Mustafa

  • Letter to Fadwa
         by Kamal Naser

  • My Arabic is Mute
         by Almog Behar

  • Sheikh Jarrah, 2010
         by Almog Behar

  • Oslo I - The Declaration of Principles - 1993

  • Oslo II - The Israeli-Palestinian Interim Agreement - 1995

  • The Clinton Parameters - 2000

  • Secretary of State John Kerry's Remarks on Middle East Peace - 2016

  • President Abbas Speech at the United Nations Security Council – 2018

  • Nation State Law – 2018

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