Nothing can obscure the fact that the good faith built up in the
region so laboriously (and in spite of many ups and downs) during
the Rabin and Peres governments, has been dissipated by the
govermment of Binyamin Netanyahu since it took office in June
Under the former government, Israel signed the Oslo accords, handed
over most of the Gaza Strip and nine Palestinian cities to the
Palestinian National Authority (PNA) and enabled the first free
elections ever to take place in Palestinian territory. It also made
peace with Jordan and began to develop relations elsewhere in the
Arab world, such as the Gulf States and the Maghreb countries. A
new atmosphere was developing in the region.
Following Netanyahu's taking over, relations, not only with the
PNA, but also with Egypt and Jordan, began to deteriorate, as the
Arab world once again regarded Israel with hostility and suspicion.
No wonder that in such circumstances a question mark hangs over the
peace process and one sees
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