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Oslo and the new-old Middle East

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Twenty-five years have passed since the signing of the Oslo Accords — the Declaration of Principles between the Palestine Liberation Organisation and Israel — without the Palestinian people gaining any of their national rights. On the contrary, the pace of illegal Israeli settlement activity has increased and the state has seized control of tens of thousands of acres of Palestinian land in the West Bank, including Jerusalem. Israel’s discrimination against the indigenous people and the people of Jerusalem has also escalated and was exposed by its passing of a series of racist laws, the most dangerous of which is the “Jewish Nation State Law” that establishes the state’s Jewishness.

Following the carnival of the signing of the Oslo Accords on 13 September 1993, plans emerged to paint a new Middle East, based on American and Israeli perceptions. In this version of the region, Israel would be both an economic and political pole. The strategic goal was to start the Arab states’ economic, political and cultural normalisation with Israel, after a long conflict.........

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