Never before, since the printing of the first issue of the Journal
in December 1993 following the Oslo agreements, have we experienced
such terrible times. Though Israeli-Palestinian talks have resumed,
blood is still being spilled and the dead - mainly Palestinian -
are piling up. Can one be surprised if feelings of hatred, of
despair, and calls for revenge prevail in both camps? As a result,
Israeli-Palestinian cooperation is almost at a standstill, and many
voices, especially on the Palestinian side, demand an end to all
forms of joint activity by NGOs on both sides.
Some Israeli peace activists say they are disappointed by
Palestinian behavior. They are angry with the Palestinians for
interrupting the peace negotiations after the failure of the Camp
David summit and, instead, launching the Al-Aqsa Intifada. They
accuse the Palestinian leadership of having broken the obligation -
undertaken by both sides - to settle all differences by
negotiations and not to resort to violence.
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