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The End of the Oslo Accords?

23 June 2002

By Yisrael Ne’eman

Labor Deputy Defense Minister Dahlia Rabin-Philosoph (daughter of the assassinated Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin) stated clearly today in an Israel radio interview that, “the Oslo Accords do not exist any more,” when she was asked what she thought of the new Israeli policy to occupy the heavily populated Palestinian cites.  A bit less than nine years after the Accords were signed between PM Rabin and Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasir Arafat they are essentially dead.  The “spirit” of Oslo continues to have her full support.  The Israeli Army is now returning to the pre-Oslo stage with a total occupation of the West Bank (Judea and Samaria).  We are not speaking of a full throwback to the early 1990’s, since autonomy still reigns in the Gaza Strip and the Palestinian Authority is the recognized civilian leadership for the Palestinian population.  There is no military government.

Rabin-Philosoph and the majority of the Labor Party are adopting a right of center Likud stance as pressed by PM Ariel Sharon by sending in the army to “indefinitely” occupy the West Bank cities.  The hard line left led by Meretz chairman Yossi Sarid concurs in many ways that Oslo is essentially dead.  Sarid does not believe Israel can trust the PA and certainly not its chairman, Yasir Arafat.  He is calling for an international mandate in all the Palestinian territories (as mentioned here previously) effectively expressing his ‘no-confidence’ in the Oslo agreements.  The only ones supporting Oslo are the extreme left who would possibly garnish 4% of the Jewish vote in an election.

Oslo, as a framework for peace in the Mideast is irrelevant.  Jerusalem will take the steps necessary to ensure its security by entering the Palestinian cities in pursuit of terrorists, bomb factories and munitions stockpiles.  Simultaneously work has begun on the security fence to keep terrorists out of Israel.

There are those who wrongly claim Israel is taking unilateral steps.  Yasir Arafat and the PA were the ones who took the unilateral actions in the fall of 2000 when they decided on the terror offensive of close to two years running. 

Israel’s present moves are a long awaited delayed response.