Vol. 23 No. 2 , 2018
Oslo 25 Years After: Realities, Challenges and Prospects

Many people felt that they were witnessing history in the making, the end of the 100-year bloody conflict between the Jews and the Palestinians, when they saw Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat on the White House lawn on September 13, 1993, with a beaming U.S. President Bill Clinton looking on as they signed the Oslo Accords.

This was soon followed by the awarding of the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize to Rabin, Arafat and Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres. “Euphoria” was the word used by many. “We were jumping in the streets; I never saw anything like it,” said Palestinian Ambassador Hind Khoury at the roundtable discussion that appears in this issue. Many believed that the road to Israeli-Palestinian peace was now irreversible and that nothing could stop the forward momentum.

However, the Oslo Accords, officially known as Oslo Declaration of Principles (DOP), were not a peace agreement. They were an agreement to launch a process that was s
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Table of Contents
  1. Oslo Then and Now — What's Next ( )

    By Hillel Schenker Vol. 23 No. 2 2018
  2. Focus
  3. 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 Vol. 23 No. 2 2018
  4. 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 Vol. 23 No. 2 2018
  5. 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 Vol. 23 No. 2 2018
  6. 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 Vol. 23 No. 2 2018
  7. 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 Vol. 23 No. 2 2018
  8. 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 Vol. 23 No. 2 2018
  9. 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 Sufyan Abu-Zayda Vol. 23 No. 2 2018
  10. 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 Vol. 23 No. 2 2018
  11. 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 Vol. 23 No. 2 2018
  12. 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 Vol. 23 No. 2 2018
  13. 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 Vol. 23 No. 2 2018
  14. 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 Arieh Hess Vol. 23 No. 2 2018
  15. 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 Vol. 23 No. 2 2018
  16. Memories of Oslo
  17. 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 Abu-Saud Vol. 23 No. 2 2018
  18. 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 Harun Hashim Rasheed Vol. 23 No. 2 2018
  19. 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 Vol. 23 No. 2 2018
  20. 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 Vol. 23 No. 2 2018
  21. 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 Vol. 23 No. 2 2018
  22. 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 Vol. 23 No. 2 2018
  23. Roundtable
  24. 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
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  25. Interview
  26. 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 Vol. 23 No. 2 2018
  27. Viewpoint
  28. 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 Vol. 23 No. 2 2018
  29. Book Review
  30. Vision and Division in Israel by Sarah Kreimer, review by Zak Witus ( )

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  31. In Pursuit of Peace in Israel and Palestine by Gershon Baskin, review by Zak Witus ( )

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  32. No Country for Jewish Liberals by Larry Derfner, review by Zak Witus ( )

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  33. Culture, Literature and the Arts
  34. Ashes ( )

    By Samih AI-Qassem Vol. 23 No. 2 2018
  35. Circling ( )

    By Khalid Ali Mustafa Vol. 23 No. 2 2018
  36. Letter to Fadwa ( )

    By Kamal Naser Vol. 23 No. 2 2018
  37. My Arabic is Mute ( )

    By Almog Behar Vol. 23 No. 2 2018
  38. Sheikh Jarrah, 2010 ( )

    By Almog Behar Vol. 23 No. 2 2018
  39. Film Review
  40. The Oslo Diaries (2017) by Mor Loushy and Daniel Sivan, review by Freddie Rokem ( )

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  41. Books and Publications Received
  42. Received Books and Publications ( )

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  43. Documents
  44. Oslo I - The Declaration of Principles - 1993 ( )

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  45. Oslo II - The Israeli-Palestinian Interim Agreement - 1995 ( )

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  46. The Clinton Parameters - 2000 ( )

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  47. Secretary of State John Kerry's Remarks on Middle East Peace - 2016 ( )

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  48. President Abbas Speech at the United Nations Security Council – 2018 ( )

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  49. Nation State Law – 2018 ( )

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