The Oslo Accords Are Dead — And the Palestinians Killed Them

Yonatan Silverman is a professional Hebrew to English translator in Tel Aviv and author of "For The World To See: The Life Of Margaret Bourke-White."


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Abu Mazen later succeeded Arafat as Chairman of the Palestinian Authority and it was with him that Prime Minister Ehud Olmert conducted a long series of intense negotiations. These negotiations culminated in yet another extremely generous Israeli offer to the Palestinians that would conceivably answer all their needs and lead to a permanent settlement between the sides. However Abu Mazen just let Olmert’s offer roll off his back and did not respond one way or the other.

Olmert in fact concluded that if the Palestinians never respond to his plan there is no point in negotiating with them at all.

Although the Oslo Agreement is predicated on bilateral negotiations between the Palestinians and Israel it seems that 2008 is the last year in which the Palestinians willingly participated in such talks with Israel. Clearly PM Olmert went the extra mile to negotiate with the Palestinian side during his term of office. But almost from the moment he was replaced as PM by Benjamin Netanyahu the Palestinians chose to turn their backs on bilateral negotiations in favor of a unilateral attempt to achieve statehood recognition in the UN.

Their statehood scheme in the UN failed, however, because the UN Security Council would not approve, and the US threatened to veto the move. It goes without saying that from the moment the Palestinians chose the unilateral path to statehood in the UN, there have been no bilateral negotiations whatsoever. The Palestinians claim that if Israel will agree to withdraw to the 1967 lines and stop building in the Jewish settlements they will agree to resume negotiations. But these are totally unacceptable preconditions and Israel will not concede on them. Israel has repeatedly stated it will negotiate with the Palestinians without preconditions. But for the Palestinian side it seems to be standard operating procedure to refuse every offer to negotiate and seek their fate on a unilateral plane. Consequently this approach to the problem has led to a protracted stalemate. No negotiations. No agreements. No nothing.

The stalemate has lasted so long, however, that one must ask if the Oslo process isn’t just dead in the water – but actually dead with no chance of revival or arousal.

Common sense and a superficial review of history unfortunately lead to the conclusion that Oslo is dead – and the Palestinians killed it. But attributing blame for the demise of Oslo isn’t productive. The critical issue Israel faces as a result of the death of Oslo is how to cope with the social and political reality that exists without leaning on the agreement that effectively governed Palestinian/Israeli relations since 1993. How does Israel proceed into the future — in other words, with the reality of occupying the West Bank and the lives of some 1.5 million Palestinians?

The answer isn’t a case of atomic science. Between 1967 and 1993 institutions and policies were established by the Israeli government that deal with the procedures in place for dealing with the Palestinian population in the West Bank. Since Hamas took over Gaza, that area is a no man’s land and will never be included in any negotiated settlement with the Palestinians. But the question is moot because there will never be any negotiated settlement with the Palestinians. The Palestinian desire for self-determination in the West Bank, in other words, is a complete hallucination. Oslo foresaw Palestinian self-determination at the end of the process, but the Palestinians have eviscerated Oslo. Israel’s only logical path facing a dead Oslo Agreement is to turn the clock back to before 1993 and deal with the West Bank as it was handled before 1993. Recognition of the Palestinian Authority and all dealings with it should be erased from the picture. It is an antagonist to Israel and its behavior proves it has thrown the positive substance and logic for which it was created in the garbage.

The country must adapt to the disappearance of the main historic framework for achieving a mutually acceptable settlement of the conflict. But better to adapt to this than to go on endlessly under the illusion that the Palestinian Authority has something positive to offer along the lines of peace.

The operation of the Palestinian Authority is based on finding any way under the sun to stab Israel in the back – and even though they know they will achieve nothing from stabbing Israel in the back, they persist in doing this because stabbing Israel in the back is what motivates them and gives them satisfaction in general.

That was not the character of the Palestinian side’s behavior when Oslo was born in 1993. But one would have to be blind to ignore the fact that today the Palestinian side wants nothing more than to stab Israel in the back. Consequently, Israel must make a severe assessment of the Oslo Agreement. And the assessment must be that the agreement is indeed dead and something needs to take its place. Insofar as the prospects for positive developments are incredibly dim, the logical approach is to revert to the status quo ante – the status quo before 1993 and let the chips fall where they may.

Once upon a time the Oslo process envisioned Palestinian self-determination and even Palestinian independence in the occupied territories. In 2012, however, the Palestinians have snubbed their noses at peace and coexistence with Israel, are making completely illogical and unattainable demands, and there is no profit for Israel in maintaining the illusion that the Palestinian side’s objectives have anything whatsoever to do with reality. In particular the Palestinians seem to think that the Oslo Accords are still operational but they aren’t. The Oslo Accords are dead and the Palestinians killed them.

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  • Stern

    The amazing thing about all this is how the world continues to blame Israel. I have even seen complaints that we only ever show the "bad" stuff that appears on Palestinian media. We never translate the "good" articles. But gee, we'd have to find them first, wouldn't we?

    • http://iamiranaware.wordpress.com/ IranAware

      Few and very, very far.. Every now and then you'll hear a lone voice, usually to be quickly silenced by a show trial and imprisonment or death for working with the Jooos.. This record is broken beyond repair. You cannot change anything when they are taken from the womb and plopped down on the ground with a Koran, prayer rug and a AK 47, and told since they are 1st able to have comprehension the Jews and the West in General is the enemy that must be destroyed.. I've become so jaded over the years by these animals too, I've looked high and low for anything positive and always come up empty handed. After WWI we divided up this mess intothe disaster we have now.. When they supported the wrong side again in WWII we should of dealt with this mess right after Japan. The Arabs shouldn't have any military over troops, no Air defenses, air force, navy and no hardware.. Like Iraq, yes it's violent, but it's contained, they can't hurt anybody else as in invade their neighbors. Next time they push Israel, I hope they take the gloves off and level the Arab militaries back to the 1800s. And we should help. The only thing they understand is force, so give them just that

      • Schlomotion

        Jeff Treesh. Three Rivers, Michigan. Don't try to slip into anonymity. Own your statements. Be a man.

        http://profile.ak.fbcdn.net/hprofile-ak-ash2/3723
        http://www.facebook.com/Polar.Magnet

        Have you personally enrolled in the military so you can make good on your call to give the Arabs the force that they understand? You cut a frailer figure than your declarations of the end of the Oslo Accords and general bluffing and bluster might indicate. You are pretty loud about telling other nations to annex territory. Are you going to go and grab that territory yourself? Lest people believe you when you use the royal "we" on your blog, why don't you come clean and stop pretending you are an agency and not a counter-jihadist chickenhawk. Why not some truth in advertising?

        • aspacia

          Schlock,

          You actually have no LIFE!! Tracking down bloggers. What is wrong with you. You would turn in you own parents just as Orwell predicted in 1984. How pitiful

    • Thomas

      Yes difficult. The merits Arab Palestinians make, are virtually nil: http://www.palwatch.org

  • Marty

    The palestinian authority never had any legitimacy. It has consistently sponsored and financed terrorism against Israel and the United States and treated surviving "martyrs" as heroic fighters because they manage to slaughter defenseless men, women, and children. Charlatans and thugs such as abbas only want and live for the destruction of Israel and the murder of any Jews they can reach. Few observers seem to mention the fifth of the Israeli citizenry that is arab and live in prosperity and peace, the only place in the middle east where muslims are being killed by other muslims for not being sufficiently islamic and where muslims are murdering christians.

    • Kufar Dawg

      The PA doesn't finance their own jihad, they are recipients of such aid from islamonazi petrostates and free
      foreign aid from Europe/Eurabia and the US.

  • http://iamiranaware.wordpress.com/ IranAware

    Israel needs to just annex it all and get it over with, they will be complained about either way so better just to get it over with., then deport them all into Jordan and Egypt.. (Let the Christians stay) so what if the Arabs complain, when Turkey pulls out of Cypress and a Kurdish state is born from its original parts in Syria, turkey Iraq and Iran then maybe try again, but all in all the Pals having been committing terrorism since before I was born in70, and it's been long enough. Do not reward terror with another failed state.

    • ziontruth

      Well said. Them's fighting words!

    • aspacia

      The annexation is beginning. If Arabs dislike Israeli rule, they can move and live with their benevolent brethren.

  • Schlomotion

    That pesky Oslo Accord is still a thorn in the side of Israelis who want to go on building illegal settlements.

    • Drakken

      Useful idiots of left like you always support and defend muslim savages over the civilized man. The time is coming where the West will have enough of these muslim savages and take the gloves off and no quarter. You can take that to the bank.

      • Schlomotion

        You speak like Anders Breivik in praise of your savior Pamela Geller.

        • Drakken

          You would rather roll over and play dead than stand up to islam, good riddance, Darwin will love you.

    • ziontruth

      "That pesky Jewish State is still a thorn in the side of Arab colonists who want to go on building illegal settlements."

      Fixed it for ya, anti-Zionist scum.

    • Stern

      Your argument might hold a bit of water – not much, a teaspoon or so – if the Arabs had complied with even 1 of their obligations under Oslo. As it takes two to keep a contract, Oslo is dead – and exactly as the author of the article has stated, it was killed by your Pals, the Pals.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      Which is worse?

      Israel building a building on disputed land or…

      Islamofascists hijacking four passenger planes on 9/11, or bombing London transport on 7/7/05, or using poison gas on the Kurds of Halabja, or issuing a death fatwa on writers like Salman Rushdie, or killing your daughter for "family honor", or murdering school children in Beslan???

      Need I go on?

      • Schlomotion

        No. Your earthly duties are fulfilled.

    • http://www.facebook.com/mike.villano.71 Mike Villano

      Schlo delights in carrying water for both Jew and America haters.
      Notice what passes for a thought process:
      Building "illegal" "settlements"(suburbs in plain non-demonized language) is on the same moral plane as strapping bombs onto children and sending them into pizzerias to blow up innocent children eating pizza.
      Building Suburbs for PEOPLE TO LIVE is somehow morally comparable to murdering in the name of your god and glorifying Jew hatred and murder to the point streets are named after homicide bombers and children are taught the virtue of killing Jews on TV shows for children.
      Frequently we see faith in demonstrably false things like aspirations of Palestinian nationalism and Jew hating attitudes passed off as a thought and diplomatic processes .

      • Schlomotion

        It's nice of you to take a big break out of Shark Week to make up some bad jokes, but actually, Mike, I carry water for myself. You've definitely got the facts wrong and got me wrong, but Timothy Bancroft has got you right:
        http://www.mediaobserver.org/modules.php?name=New

        You've pretty much been laying the same kind of innuendos and crap on people from out of Aliso Viejo, CA since 1999. Does Mr. Glazov run his copy of Pravda five miles over to your house when he is done with it? If I were actually carrying water for America haters what would you do about it? Send a Predator drone to my house with "highly innovative signal transmission methods" and other whoseywhatsits? I might have to deprogram the gate array with my own hierarchy of reconfigurable internal interconnects.

  • amused

    Kill ? It was NEVER alive , since the Palestinians NEVER met the first step of Oslo 1 . And that was to remove the language in the Palestinian National Charter calling for the destruction of Israel . It was rejected by vote , no less than three times by the Palestinian National Council . So , having NEVER even meeting the FIRST STEP of Oslo 1 , the Palestinians in effect killed Oslo 1 , from its very beginning . There is no agreement , never was aside from "words exchanged by Arafat and Rabin " ….the charade continued into Oslo 2 as the "first step " was never met from Oslo 1 . Yet Israel operated in total good faith and signed Oslo 2 .
    Go to You Tube – type in Pat Condel -see the recent video on " The Guardian " , it slams the paper as anti-semitic , which it IS , but the bottom line regarding the Palestinians , is plainly put , and thus rubs everyone's noses in the hard facts of the Hard truth . p.s. Condell is an ATHEIST , and he can see it clearly , and explain it unambiguously clear .

    • Larry

      Who are you, and what have you done with the real bemused?

      That's the first sane thing I've seen you contribute here.

      • Kufar Dawg

        It is strange isn't it? Maybe he has multiple personality disorder, or maybe he's not drunk.

  • tramky

    The Palestinians might be the most stupid group of people in the world. Time after time, for many decades, they procrastinate and then make the wrong decision, if they make any decision at all. They are in very close competition with several African nations for the title 'stupidest people on Earth'. Unfortunately, the combination of stupidity and Islam are extremely dangerous. And a consequence of this is that Palestinians continue to suffer the consequences of stupidity, which appears to be never-ending, as does their stupidity.

    Palestinians are NOT an object of sympathy or empathy. They have made this bed and seem content to sleep in it, regardless of the misery & strife it has caused them and everything around them.

    • Stern

      I think you've nailed. And to take it a little further, most people who are stupid learn from their mistakes, and slowly but surely become less stupid. The problem is that the world keeps reinforcing every single mistake the Palestinians make, telling them that they are right in what they are doing. This is why they keep doing it again and again.

      • hmurveit thetruth

        if this was face book, Stern i would say like….the so called "palestenians" are allowed to do whatever they want and the world demands Israel to give up their land….and thats the problem. Israel needs to be clear thats its not occupied land but Israel land, Land inhabited by Jews for the last 3000 years, Declared by Balfour in 1917 to be a state for the Jews and then borders drawn up in 1920 by the San Remo Conference. Land that the arabs got a disproportional share and they still demand more Israel gets criticized for their generosity.

        I didnt like a lot of this article. And i usually dont when the words occupied and palestenians are used

  • Ted G

    Indoctrination and brainwashing since childhood with the hatred found in islam is and has always been the problem. The islamic world will never allow peace. Anyone who thinks that they can be reasoned with is delusional.
    Islamo fascists and all the other religious nutbags only understand one thing.

    Its all so very simple, really. All politicians that hold any power whatsoever continue to either lie about it, or try to ignore it. Look at what goes on at the U.N., if you are anything close to a rational individual, you should want to walk away and take a shower to try and get away from the human filth and hypocrisy that is contained within that body!

    • Kufar Dawg

      I don't think all religions embrace the same totalitarian, supremacist, antisemitic, xenophobic ideology that
      pisslam does — at least not now, in the 21st century. Buddhism, for example, has never been about conquest, murder and death. There's really only one religion in the 21st century that has murdered thousands of tens of thousands of people to millions (think Sudan/Darfur) and continues to do so.

      • Ted G

        Oops, I should have been more clear.
        By "religious nutbags" I was really only talking about the ones that throw acid in women's faces because they don't wear the veil etc. etc.

  • Drakken

    The fakestinians never will make peace will Israel ever! It is about bloody time Israel gives up this delusion of peace with the muslim arab and for the sake of an example to the rest of them, push Gaza into the sea and give them a taste of Carthage, you will then have peace in that area and the next time any arab fires a rocket or straps on a bomb and commits islamocide, push the rest of the savages from the west bank into Jordan proper, enough of this nonsense!

  • crackerjack

    This whole "Peace Process" nonsense is just an excuse for Israel to ignore International Law.

    • ziontruth

      How I wish this were true. Ignoring international "law" would finally give Israel a fighting chance against the Islamic guerrilla tactic of hiding behind their women and children, as well as remove the "legal" shackles preventing it from expelling all the Arab colonists from the Land of Israel.

      International "law" says: If Hezbollah terrorists hide behind civilian population, the Israeli army must hold its fire. Jewish law says: Protection for civilian life is a duty only if the enemy takes care to separate them from the combatants.

      International "law" says: Booting a population out of a dispute zone is illegal, no matter how troublesome that population is. (Doesn't apply to Jews in the Land of Israel, though…) Jewish law says: Booting the entire hostile population is the only non-miraculous way to guarantee true peace (see Numbers 33:50–56 and all authoritative, i.e. Orthodox, commentaries on it).

      I spit on international law, and so should anyone who prefers national liberty to superstate, world government tyranny!

      • Stern

        Actually, what crackerjack refers to as "international law" is no such thing. It's more like international opinion and is not based in law at all. For the real international law, you have to look to real international lawyers, not politicians and so-called "human rights" experts. A good place to start is with Dr. Jacques Cartier and Eguene Rostow, both professional international lawyers who have actually studied the law – amazing as that may sound.

        • Stern

          Apologies – not Dr Jacques Cartier, but Dr. Jean Gauthier. My apologies.

        • ziontruth

          I have heard that there are certain interpretations of international law that are less suicidal than the ones we usually hear about. However, I am not partial to those either, for the same reason I don't like relying on the Balfour Declaration and San Remo Treaty for the Jewish claim to the Land of Israel: What human beings have declared, human beings can rescind. That's shaky ground.

        • Schlomotion

          Yes. The world realizes that Israeli Nationalists have nothing but disrespect for the UN, the ICC, the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty, and the Fourth Geneva Convention. It's part of why they are a pariah state.

          • Ted G

            Well, Israel is not a signatory of the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty, and the UN and the ICC deserve no respect at all! As far as the Fourth Geneva Convention goes, well I can't think of any actual violations.
            In fact Israel is probably the most responsible country with regard to those types of obligations.

            You certainly can't be trying to compare anything Israel does with any of the islamic countries.

            Come on Schlo you can't sling this kind of BS to an educated audience. Why do you do this…its so weak and petty, all in all.

      • aspacia

        Arabs ignored international law in 1948 in attempting to annihilate Israel. Now they cry for Israel to acknowledge international law. How many babes in nursery school, on school buses, in day care centers have been butchered by Pals. Too many.

    • Kufar Dawg

      I'll bet for you "International Law" and Sharia law are one and the same aren't they?

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      crackerjackass, The "Religion of Peace" nonsense is just an excuse for Islamofascists to kill and for the "good Muslims" to claim that the Islamofascists are just a tiny minority of Islam.

      Note the absence of Muslim leaders and massive rallies denouncing al qada, osama bin laden, hezbullah, islamofascist regime of iran.

    • Drakken

      Fell off the shortbus huh Sparky?

  • Nakba1948

    reface:

    The PLO made a historic compromise in 1988, recognizing Israel’s sovereignty over 78 percent of historic Palestine with the understanding that the Palestinians would be able to live in freedom on the remaining 22 percent under occupation since 1967. In 1993, the PLO made the decision to pursue Palestinian independence through negotiations and accordingly, the PLO and Israel signed a number of agreements between 1993 and 1999, known collectively as the “Oslo Agreements.”[1]

    The Oslo Agreements were premised on the idea that the parties would gradually develop a relationship of trust thereby allowing them to resolve the larger, more difficult permanent status issues. Certain core principles were agreed under these agreements: (i) the interim period would be of a limited duration; (ii) nothing would be done to prejudice the outcome of permanent status negotiations; and (iii) the final settlement would be consistent with United Nations Resolutions 242 and 338 which reaffirm that territory cannot be acquired by military force.

    Despite the signing of the Oslo Agreements, Israel has repeatedly violated both their word and their core principles.

    Israel’s Violations of the Oslo Agreements :

    1. Israel Has Failed to End its Occupation

    The Oslo Agreements provide that Palestinians would have their freedom by May 1999. To adate, Israel’s military occupation not only continues, but intensifies. The Declaration of Principles provides that the interim period is not to exceed five years (Article 1), from May 4, 1994. This is confirmed in Article 4 of the Wye River Memorandum. The interim period commenced with Israel’s withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and Jericho on May 1994. By May 1999, the interim period was to have ended and Palestinians were to be given their freedom. To date, Israel has failed to end its military occupation.

    After missing this deadline, Israel renegotiated a new deadline with the PLO. Under Article 1 of the Sharm El-Sheikh Memorandum, the Palestinians were to be given their freedom on September 13, 2000. By September 13, 2000, the Palestinians were still living under military occupation and continue to do so.

    2. Israel Continues to Build and Expand Its Illegal Colonies

    The Fourth Geneva Convention, ratified by Israel in June 1951 and which was not superceded by the Oslo Agreements, prohibits Israel from establishing colonies in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Article 49 (6) of the Fourth Geneva Convention states “The Occupying Power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies.” The Oslo Agreements reaffirm this position. Article 31 of the Interim Agreement provides that “the two parties view the West Bank and Gaza Strip as a single territorial unit, the integrity and status of which will be preserved during the interim period.” Article 31 also provides that “neither side shall initiate or take any step that will change the status of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip pending the outcome of the permanent status negotiations.”

    Despite these articles and in violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention, Israel has since 1993:

    Doubled the number of settlers living in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. There are now approximately 400,000; [2]

    Increased the number of illegal housing units in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (excluding Occupied East Jerusalem) by 62%; [3]

    Confiscated more than 60,000 acres of Palestinian land for colony construction and related by-pass roads, uprooted 220,000 trees and demolished 690 homes in the West Bank alone; [4] and

    Removed from official government maps the Green Line separating Israel from the Occupied Palestinian Territories, thereby failing to recognize the Occupied Palestinian Territories as a “single territorial unit”. (See official Touring Map of Israel issued by the Israeli Ministry of Tourism).

    3. Israel Fails to Withdraw from Palestinian Territories

    Under the Oslo Agreements, Israel’s occupation forces were to have withdrawn from substantially all of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip by July, 1997 – more than four and a half years ago. The process of withdrawal was to be carried out in three phases, beginning in October 1996 and ending in July 1997 and would have transferred approximately 88 percent of the West Bank to Palestinian control. Israel delayed each and every phase of the withdrawal. The Palestinian Authority has only full jurisdiction over 17.2 percent of the West Bank.

    • Ghostwriter

      But,tell me,Nakba. When have your beloved Palestinians ever kept their word? They keep screaming for the deaths of American and Jews and continued their terrorism. What sort of peace is it when one side (the Israelis) want peace and the other side (the Palestinians) want bloodshed? Answer that,Jew hater.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      Happy Eternal Nakba 1948!

      May all your Jihads turn into NAKBAS!

      Just loot at your pals killing each other in Syria.

      Next will be REVOLUTION in PERSIAl

      The ayatollahs on the hangmans gallows!

    • rachaelamb

      Where did you read all this crap the electronic intifada,or hamas online? Anyone with any sense of knowledge knows these people lie all the time. It's Islamic way of tricking people called taqiyya. Besides if the Palestinians want a state on the West Bank[Judea and Samaria],so bad why didn't they fight the Jordanians, when they occupied it? They have never had control of the land, it was never their's and they want everyone to believe it's their country when it's not they just want Israel to die and the Jewish people living inside it too,and evil people like you support them.

    • aspacia

      Nakba, Arafat turned down Oslo, not Israel! Why should Israel give-up another chunk of land to her violent, genocidal neighbors. Look at what happened in Gaza.

    • Drakken

      The time for giving you arab muslims an inch is over, you savages never have wanted peace and now your going to get that war you fear, and this time there will be no mercy nor any quarter.

  • Nakba1948

    4. Israel Fails to Release Political Prisoners

    Throughout Israel’s 35-year occupation of the Palestinian Territories, Israel imprisoned and detained thousands of Palestinians. Israel’s rate was so widespread that Palestinians suffered from one of the highest rates of incarceration in the world.

    The Oslo Agreements contain a number of provisions regarding the release of political prisoners.

    Article 20 of the Gaza Strip and Jericho Agreement required Israel to release over 5,000 Palestinian political prisoners. Article 16 of the Interim Agreement provided for further releases of Palestinian prisoners in three phases, the last of which was to occur during permanent status negotiations. Finally, Article 3 of the Sharm El-Sheikh Memorandum provided for the release of 350 political prisoners in September and October of 1999 and in December 1999 and January 2000. Despite these agreements, as of December 2000, approximately 1,350 Palestinians remained in Israeli custody, in violation of the Oslo Agreements. [5]

    5. Israel Fails to Open the Northern Safe Passage Route between the Gaza Strip and the West Bank and Closes the Southern Safe Passage Route

    Under the Interim Agreement (Annex I, Article 10) and the Sharm El-Sheikh Memorandum (Article 5), Israel was required to open both a northern and a southern safe passage route to connect the West Bank to the Gaza Strip for the movement of persons, vehicles and goods. The southern safe passage route was closed on October 8, 2000. The northern safe passage route was never opened.
    6. Israel Fails to Co-operate on Security Matters

    The Interim Agreement requires Israel and the Palestinian Authority to cooperate on security matters. (Annex I, Article 3). Since October 2000, Israel unilaterally decided not to cooperate with the PA on security matters. Repeated calls by the PA to resume security cooperation have been ignored by Israel.

    7. Israel Uses Lethal Force

    The Interim Agreement provides clear rules of engagement for Israeli soldiers:

    The use of firearms…shall not be allowed, except as a last resort after all attempts at controlling the act or the incident, such as warning the perpetrator or shooting in the air, have failed or are ineffective or without any promise of achieving the intended result in the circumstances. Use of firearms should be aimed at deterring or apprehending, and not killing the perpetrator. The use of firearms shall cease once the danger is past. (Interim Agreement, Annex I, Article XI (3)(c)).

    Despite this provision, Israeli soldiers have deliberately aimed at killing Palestinian protestors and have not used live fire as a last resort. After conducting an inquiry into the Israel’s practices during the current uprising, Physicians for Human Rights (USA) concluded that the “IDF soldiers are not firing only in life-threatening situations and they are firing at heads and thighs in order to injure and kill, not to avoid loss of life and injury.”[6] Furthermore, even non-violent demonstrations (including those that do not involve stone-throwing), have met with violent responses by Israeli occupation forces. [7]

    8. Israel Denies Palestinians Freedom of Movement

    The Interim Agreement compels both sides to “respect[] and preserv[e] without obstacles, normal and smooth movement of people, vehicles and goods within the West Bank, and between the West Bank and Gaza Strip.” (Interim Agreement, Annex I, Article 1 (2)).

    In contravention of these obligations, Israel has repeatedly imposed severe restrictions on the movement of persons, vehicles and goods through the establishment of more than 120 checkpoints in the West Bank alone, (dividing the West Bank into 64 cantons) [8] and through Israel’s destruction of Palestinian roads and bridges.[9]

    9. Israel Fails to Prosecute Israeli Settlers for Crimes Committed Against Palestinians

    Under the Interim Agreement, Israel is required to prosecute Israelis for crimes committed against Palestinians (Annex I, Articles 2 and 3). Since the signing of the Interim Agreement, there have been hundreds of attacks against Palestinians and Palestinian property. Since October 2000 alone, 44 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli settlers, and there have been hundreds of attacks on Palestinian property. [10] Israel has not prosecuted ANY of these settlers for their crimes.[11]

  • Nakba1948

    [1] The Oslo Agreements are comprised of: The Declaration of Principles on Interim Self-Government Arrangements (September 13, 1993); The Gaza-Jericho Agreement, (May 4, 1994); The Israeli-Palestinian Interim Agreement on the West Bank and Gaza Strip (September 28, 1995); The Protocol Concerning the Redeployment in Hebron (January 17, 1997); The Wye River Memorandum (October 23, 1998) and the Sharm El-Sheikh Memorandum (September 4, 1999).

    [2] Applied Research Institute Jerusalem, Monitoring Israeli Colonizing Activities in the Palestinian West Bank and Gaza: An Overview of Israel’s Colonization Policy and the Discontents with the Peace Process, January 2002, http://www.poica.org/casestudies/colonization/ind

    [3] Peace Now, 832 Housing Starts in the Settlements in the First Half of 2001, October 16, 2001. http://www.peacenow.org/shalomachshav/settlements

    [4]font-family:Garamond"> See, Applied Research Institute Jerusalem, Monitoring Israeli Colonizing Activities in the Palestinian West Bank and Gaza: An Overview of Israel’s Colonization Policy and the Discontents with the Peace Process, January 2002, supra note 2.

    [5] See U.S. Dep’t of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, 2000, released February 23, 2001. http://www.state.giv/g/drl/rls/hrrpt/2000/nea/882

    [6] Physicians for Human Rights, Evaluation of the Use of Force in Israel, Gaza and the West Bank: Medical and Forensic Investigation, November 3, 2000, http://www.phrusa.org/research/forensics/israel/I…. Israel’s flagrant violations are also documented by B’Tselem, an Israeli human rights organization.

    [7] Amira Haas, On the Edge of the Non-Violent Demonstrations, Ha’Aretz, February 6, 2002font-family:Garamond">, at 5.

    [8] See, Applied Research Institute font-family: Garamond">Jerusalem font-family:Garamond">, http://www.poica.org/casestudies/siege09-01-02/in

    [9] For more information, see B’Tselem, Civilians Under Siege: Restrictions on Freedom of Movement as Collective Punishment, January 2001. http://www.btselem.org

    [10] See, The Palestine Monitor, Fact Sheet, February 3, 2002. http://www.palestinemonitor.org/factsheet/Palesti

    [11] See, B’Tselem, Tacit Consent: Israeli Policy on Law Enforcement Towards Settlers in the Occupied Territories, March 2001.

    • Thomas
    • Ted G

      Catastrophe, The muslims currently occupying Judea and Samaria are and always have been pawns of islamic supremacy. Do not think all of us here are ignorant of history. Nearly everything you list is a result of that very same poisoned ideology.
      And if you were honest you would acknowledge this.

  • Stern

    See, this is where I gave up reading – after this:
    "Israel’s sovereignty over 78 percent of historic Palestine with the understanding that the Palestinians would be able to live in freedom on the remaining 22 percent under occupation since 1967"

    Israel has never had sovereignty over 78 percent of historic Palestine because 75% of historic Palestine is now Jordan. And considering that Jordan is a majority Palestinian state, you already have most of the land – and now you want it all.

    As I said, I stopped reading because you started off on a lie, so I simply presumed that everything else you wrote is a lie. But then, haven't read some of your earlier posts, that doesn't surprise me either.

    • Nakba1948

      You're confusing the British Mandate of Palestine, which comprised both Palestine and what was then known as Transjordan, and Mandatory Palestine, which comprises both modern-day Israel, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip; the latter excluded modern-day Jordan after 1921.

      • Stern

        But it did NOT exclude modern day Jordan in 1920, when Britain was given the Mandate at the San Remo Conference. Look it up.

      • Stern

        Oh, and incidentally, even if you do argue that, the express purpose of the Mandate was to create a Jewish homeland. Nothing about "Palestine" in there anywhere.

    • Thomas

      I concur, if all the Muslim argument is based on lies… can't be taken in a responsible discussion. These are facts of the evil intent, genocidal intent of some Arab Palestinians: http://www.palwatch.org

    • Ed Frias

      Stern, you just rebuked all his lies. Great response.

  • C.R.

    These accords–were never alive–they were a bad idea from the beginning!

  • Larry

    And to top it all off Morsi is going to unilaterally change the Camp David Accords, and re-militarize the Sinai.

    Time for Israel to take it back, along with annexing and clearing Judea, Samaria, and Gaza.

    • Kufar Dawg

      Wouldn't re-militarizing the Sinai invalidate the peace treaty with Israel? Couldn't it be considered an act of war?

  • amused

    Nakba 1948 [ which by the way brands you a muslim just in case you're trying to fool anyone here ] THE FIRST STEP TO BE TAKEN , by Palestinians in Oslo 1 ,was to REMOVE the language in the Palestinian National Charter , that called for the destruction of Israel , that 1988 crap did not address this issue and it was a semantic word game that the Palestinians SLITHERED around . GO READ THE CHARTER , it is available to ALL , the language calling for the destruction of Israel is still there ,IT IS A COVENANT .. Until it's changed …all bets are off . The Israelis are not stupid , palestinians fool no one . I recomend you go to You Tube =type in Pat Condel /The Guardian , learn what everyone else ALREADY knows .

    • Kufar Dawg

      Um, it not only calls the destruction of Israel, it cites one of the genocidal, authoritative hadiths of pisslam that calls for the worldwide extermination of Jews.

  • rachaelamb

    The Palestinians have never really recognized Israel's right to exist, and hate Israelis to the point where they support murdering Jews of all ages. They call people who deliberately murder Jewish civilians even babies brave heroes. There are a small minority who may not feel this way,but from all I have read over the years most do. They are the most cruel,evil people I have ever heard of in my life. And yet incredibly most of the world sympathizes with them. It's the most shocking,disgusting phenoma I have ever seen.

  • Ed Frias

    Mr Nakba liar.
    Arafat never renounced terrorism in 88.
    He renounced tourism.
    Read on, to understand. http://sigcarlfred.blogspot.com/2004_12_01_sigcar
    Munib Al-Masri remembers sitting with Arafat one night in 1988 as the
    Palestinian leader negotiated a formula that would allow the United States to
    recognize the PLO. "They gave him the formula, and he said it in a speech in
    Geneva, but he put in extra words, so no one could figure out what he was
    saying," al-Masri remembers. "The Americans said, 'No way.' So I stayed up all
    night with him and Dick Murphy, the assistant secretary of state, to work out
    what he must say. The formula was 'We totally and absolutely renounce all forms
    of terrorism.' So they called a press conference, and he said everything right,
    except instead of 'terrorism' he said, 'We announce tourism! We announce all
    forms of tourism!'"

  • aspacia

    Nakba48,

    Most are enjoying you as dessert–God you are stupid!