Oslo Has Failed, Yet Enhanced the National Security

Sep 15, 2023 12:35 pm
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Israel Today -  Adapted

A disagreement still exists in Israeli society three decades after the Declaration of Principles, which served as the catalyst for Oslo's Accords. However, looking back, one may say that Oslo's career enhanced Israel's security.

First, for Yitzhak Rabin, and in order to overcome the demographic challenge and create a de facto state among the Palestinian communities in the West Bank, the Oslo Accords were a means of dividing Israel from the Palestinians of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Also, Oslo contributed to curbing the threat of the bi-national state, which posed an existential threat to Israel.

Second, Oslo made it abundantly evident to the Orthodox in the Jewish population in Israel, as well as to his leadership, that there was no chance of a peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Thirdly, a key takeaway from Oslo for the Jewish community and its leadership is that Israel should not depend on other parties to secure its security. Rabin's government expected that Yasser Arafat and the Palestinian Authority, which were provided with weapons, would combat the Palestinian resistance and halt attempts to launch attacks against Israel. However, it was discovered later that it was far from reality.

To sum up, in light of the experience accumulated since the beginning of the Oslo Accords and to counter the threat of the bi-national state, it would have been preferable for the Israeli government to seek unilateral implementation of other "Trump Plan" components. For instance, the extension of sovereignty over the Jordan Valley and settlement blocs in the Bank This comes in parallel to refraining from settling in areas where there is overcrowding of the Palestinian population.

The implementation of these measures must be supported by a strong sense of national unity, since they both represent and strengthen the Zionist dream and the security of the Jewish "State".