Some History On The Occupation

On October 12, 2015 · 0 Comments

psIn the decades of occupation, the futility of the occupation became more and more evident to more and more Israelis. They wanted a normal life, not an imperial life. In 1978, Menachem Begin and Anwar Sadat invited Yasir Arafat to join them in their peace. Arafat refused. In 1993, he shook Yitzhak Rabin’s hand and agreed to live with Israel, in return for which the way to a Palestinian state was made ready. The PLO became the Palestine Authority, and Israel’s withdrawal from the West Bank and Gaza was begun. In 2000, Ehud Barak agreed that the time for “final status” had finally arrived, that there was no point in deferring the two-state solution to the conflict any longer. He agreed to the creation of Palestine, and in return he wanted a clear Palestinian declaration that the conflict was over. Arafat refused.

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