Oslo: three decades later

Raffaella A Del Sarto, Menachem Klein

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Contrary to the commonly held belief that the 1993 Oslo Accord was a peace treaty, this article shows that it was an imbalanced interim agreement that unsurprisingly failed. Three decades later, the Israeli-Palestinian reality is marked by a massive expansion of Israel's settlement project, a gradual erasure of the Green Line, a symbiosis between Israeli security forces and the settlers, and an authoritarian and divided Palestinian leadership, with the Palestinian Authority acting as Israel's sub-contractor. Israel's regime of control also separates between Palestinian groups, with each group given a different set of limited rights. While the Oslo process had the potential to transform a predominantly ethnic struggle into a conflict over land and borders, the ramifications of the one single regime that has replaced the Oslo order cannot be underestimated. After describing these developments, the article introduces the contributions to the special issue, which add new perspectives to the still ongoing debate on the genesis, interpretation, and implications of Oslo.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalIsrael Studies Review
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2023

RAMBI Publications

  • RAMBI Publications
  • Declaration of Principles on Interim Self-Government Arrangements -- (1993 September 13)
  • Arab-Israeli conflict -- 20th century
  • Arab-Israeli conflict -- Forecasting


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