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Twenty Years after the Oslo Agreement, No Progress to Report

Strangely, 20 years on, I find nothing new to say about the Oslo accords, signed on September 13, 1993.

I re-read what I wrote on the tenth anniversary and realize that no major changes have occurred. The players remain in their customary positions, with the one exception that Israelis have wised up to Palestinian intentions, making them less inclined to make painful but fruitless concessions. Decadal stasis points to the sterility of the Arab-Israeli diplomatic process, a creation of the peace processors’ dreams rather than a reflection of reality.

Especially at a time like this, when an American attack on Syria looms and Egypt is convulsed over the dispatch of the Morsi government, when the Iranian nuclear centrifuges are spinning and Erdogan is daily turning into more of a dictator, when Libya and Tunisia are falling apart, it’s a perfect opportunity to ignore this dismal topic, which I plan to do from this second on. 


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