The Oslo Peace Accords And The Declaration Of The Palestine Liberation Organization

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The Oslo Peace Accords were an agreement signed by the leader of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), Yasser Arafat and the Government of Israel under the leadership of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. The agreements goal was to create a path towards peace and stability in the between the Palestinians and the Israel’s living in the area surrounding Israel. Despite the agreement’s noble goal the vision fell short and ended with Palestine*(getting shafted?.) This was caused by of Arafat’s weakened political position that allowed Rabin to get a strong political deal that allowed Israel to benefit from the Oslo Peace Accords and their implantation, this imbalance was then heightened with the election of Netanyahu as the President of Israel. This series of events resulted in a situation where the Oslo Peace Accords ultimately favoured the Jewish State of Israel. To understand the political situation facing Arafat prior to the signing of the Oslo Peace Accords, one must appreciate how the Oslo Peace Accords would have appeared to those living in Palestine and the members of the PLO. In signing the Peace Accords the PLO announced the end of its 30 year armed struggle to liberate Palestine with an agreement similar to the one offered to them 15 years earlier. In signing the Oslo Peace Accord the PLO weakened their political standpoint both internally and internationally. Internally, in Palestine Islamic fundamentalists were growing in power inside of the Gaza Strip.* Arafat’s control also faced opposition from growing moderate Palestinian leaderships emerging from the territories such as those led by Faisel Husseini* and other grassroots leaderships in occupied territories. Examples of these leaderships popular in the West Bank an... ... middle of paper ... the region the manner in which Israel benefited becomes clearer. In short, the conditions in Palestine worsened under the Oslo framework. One major contributor to this was the expansion of the infrastructure of Jewish settlements in the occupied territories. After the Oslo Peace Accords the number of Israeli Jews living in these territories rose from approximately 250,000 in 1993 to nearly 400,000 in 2003 . The expansion of these settlements led to an increase in the confiscation of land in order to build a system of bypass roads to connect the settlements, effectively fragmenting the Palestinians living in the area. The five-year transition period outlined in the Oslo Peace Accords saw the implementation of a system dividing the Palestinian land and further disrupting their way of life. The area was broken into three zones, A, B, and C as seen in the map below.

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