the peace process in the middle east
never got an answer for this post so
i am putting it here for Tony and others to view and comment.
1 - The olso Agreement was signed in the whilte house to the cheers
of the world. Rabin, peres and Arafat shook hands (reluctently) to a
new beginning. the agreement said a few simple things: A) we all have
the right to exist in this region and there would be an end to the
conflict B)All problems should be negotiated peacefully c) we take 5
years to build up the trust before we start talking about
the "heavy " stuff (jerusalem, refugees etc). noble peace prizes were
2. as a beginning . israel withderw from 7 cities and helped arm and
finance Arafat's militia (police). Rabin was quoted to say that
Arafat would deal with the Hamas "withot the high courts . referring
to the rulling of no physical abuse interrogating Terrorists that was
passed a few weeks before.
3 euphoria in israel and the world. 6.5 % growth, peace with Jordan
and other arab states want to "do buisness", "new age " historians
(its all out fault). but there are hiccups. the police is now
consisting of 55000 people, 35000 above the agreement ("but they need
control, I said), intelligence showed that Hamas and Jihad are
operating with Arafat (it's just the beginning, maybe they can
bereasoned with, I said). Peres secured billions of dollars from the
EU to the PA in order to make the lives of the PA people better but
that money disipated. intelligence of mass corruption in the PA (not
our problem). in PA school children still learn the the Haulocost
didnot happen and that jews are "evil" (who cares , I said)
4. Rabin is murdered by a right wing fanatic after a mass
demonstration for peace in Tel Aviv. Peres takes his place and later
calls for elections thinking he would win.
5. Mass suicide bombing campaigned. Hundreds dead. reports of Hamas
memebers arrested by the PA authority only to be released later that
day. "bibi" nethanyahoo - the right wing candidate wins the elections
by 15000 votes. (I voted peres, myparents voted bibi).
6. for me, Bibi was the worst israeli PM ever. no backbone, lots of
spin, corruption and no real agenda. however one thing for his
fabvour. he is the first one to say that if the PA want a state, they
have to be democratic.
7. more bombs, israel cancelles the third phase of whitdrawel.
8. israel opens up a tunnel as an archeological sight. on the temple
mount the imam tells the believers israel is tunnelling under the
temple in order to collapse it. vast riots all over the place
including for the first time pa police shooting at soldiers they were
patrolling together the night before. 22 israeli dead, a lot more on
their side. Bibi sign an agreement oof Hebron and rewards arafat with
a part withdrawel from that city. Arafat takes note of tha
9. after two years new elections. Ehud barak, the most decorated
soldier in israel runs for the left and wins. on his way he declares
that if he would have been born a PA he would have been in
the "resistance". the papers called that a "suicide bomb interview" -
but he won (and I voted for him"
10. still 67% in israel believe in the olso agreement.
11. camp david. according to journalists who were there, clinton and
barak aids this was the deal. A0 95-98% of the west land with a
bridge or tunnel connecting to Gaza - obviously most of the
settlements are gone b) the other 5% will be given somewhere else
since we can not move cities that were build in the last 30 year (did
it with jordan). the right to return to the PA land + secured
billions of dollars in compensation to the refugees + 150 thusand to
return to israel as family reunite + HALF OD JERUSALEM which would
have meant a divided city and (to my view) civil war in israel. in
return - arafat would have to declare"end of conflict".
Arafat refuses and tells Clinton he would be killed. he goes away and
(according to his aid) tell the hamas to "start the fire" and
prepares the socond intifada.
when the deal is leaked to the press the right wing in israel goes
beserk. Sharon makes a visit to the temple mout and the PA use it as
a trigger . riots start again, arafat tells his people he wants to be
a martyr, people in israel take note. Sharon , as head of the right
after Bibi resigned, press for elections. Barak calls election and
sharon wins by the largest margin in Israel History - 25%
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