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  •  If one reads Ben-Ami's book, and I (0+ / 0-)

    have just reviewed my notes of the pages concerning Oslo, I think a fair summary of his opinion would be that Arafat's primary concern was not achieving peace but rather avoiding oblivion and Rabin, while interested in peace, was adopting a new approach only after having concluded that all the other plausible ones had failed.

    Ben-Ami, perhaps rightly, believes that Oslo's failures were written in its "genetic code." I'm inclined to think that a live Rabin could have made Oslo a success, if it turned out that Arafat truly wanted peace. But, haval, we'll never know.

    But the bottom line remains: to say that Oslo had nothing to do with, or was not at all about, peace, is an over-statement.

    Al Gore should be president.

    by another American on Sat May 12, 2007 at 02:59:45 PM PDT

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    •  Well, I disagree (2+ / 0-)
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      I think Oslo, from the Israeli side, was simply an attempt - and a fairly successful one - to legitimise the occupation, recruit Arafat as an "enforcer" in the Territories and give it the room to continue expanding settlements.

      In any event, it is possible to disagree about what Oslo meant. But we can't disagree about what happened - namely, Israel, in the years following Oslo, expanded settlements, built entirely new settlements and almost doubled the number of settlers. I think that's a pretty clear indication of how committed Israel was to peace.

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