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Thirty years since the Madrid Conference: Is peace still possible?

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The 30th anniversary of the Madrid Peace Conference has passed. The Madrid Conference marks the beginning of the state of decline in international interest in the Palestinian cause, as there has been a noticeable and gradual decline since its convening in 1991. It also gave legitimacy to the Israeli state at the expense of the Palestinian cause and national rights. It is worth noting that UN General Assembly Resolution No. 3379, which equates Zionism with racism, issued 46 years ago, specifically on November 10, 1975, was cancelled 45 days after the Madrid Conference.

Thirty years after the Madrid Conference, the Palestinians are standing at a historical crossroads threatening the Palestinian cause and its liquidation, after the level of decline in the interest in the Palestinian cause has reached an all-time high and after the failure of the strategy of internationalising and isolating Israel. The UN marked the 30th anniversary with its Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, saying, "We cannot lose hope. We must explore every opportunity to revitalise the peace process." He stressed that the "two-State solution, as defined by United Nations resolutions, international law and bilateral agreements, remains the only path to ensuring Palestinians and Israelis can both realise their legitimate aspirations — an end to the occupation and the realisation of two independent, sovereign States, living side by side in peace and security, based on the 1967 lines,........

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