hi, newageblues (#21): the lessons of oslo - - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • ivo
    • 11.11.09 | 15:15 (IST)

    people will debate what 'exactly' killed oslo ad infinitum. i share your balanced approach, but want to add that in a basic way oslo to a great degree killed itself. as many have pointed out, the basic flaw was its 'open-endedness', leaving out the core issues to be dealt with at later stages. not including the settlements issue f.ex. allowed israel to keep provoking the pals, & on security arafat was definitely allowed to play a double, undecisive game v.a.v. his extremists. would he have acted differently, say, if israelis would've been 'more helpful' & was israel mature & ready to relinquish settlements back then? nobody can tell. i don't think oslo went down w/rabin or that he was the only strong pro-peace politician around. the main lesson remains never again to allow an open-ended half-way ageement to pass, which is a sure way to a worst-of-all scenario. i see a direct link there to all the encouragements from certain corners to take a leap w/reg. to hamas f.ex. rgs,-

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    First published 09:37 10.11.09 | Last updated 08:10 11.11.09
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