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December 17, 2014

Oslo Promises That Never Were

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Vincent Fean, Britiani's consul-general in Jerusalem from 2010 to 2014, writes in The New York Times this week ("Signs of recognition"): "At Oslo, the Palestinians were promised statehood."

In fact, this is sheer imagination on the part of the former British diplomat. In no way did the Oslo Accords promise Palestinian statehood. The Sept. 13, 1993 "Declaration of Principles on Interim Self-Government Arrangements" does not mention the word "statehood." Article I states:

The aim of the Israel-Palestinian negotiations within the current Middle East peace process is, among other things, to establish a Palestinian interim Self-Government Authority, the elected Council (the "Council"), for the Palestinian people in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, for a transitional period not exceeding five years, leading to a permanent settlement based on Security Council Resolutions 242 and 338.

Likewise, the Sept. 28, 1995 "Israeli-Palestinian Interim Agreement on the West Bank and the Gaza Strip" also does not mention -- never mind "promise" -- Palestinian statehood.

CAMERA has requested a correction. Stay tuned for an update.

Posted by TS at December 17, 2014 04:35 AM


don't hold your breath. There will not a correction.

Posted by: Elliott at December 18, 2014 11:52 AM

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