The Issue Of Israel and Palestine
In 1993, in Oslo, Norway a historic peace agreement was secretly drawn up with the
hopes of bringing all the violence between the Palestinians and the Israelis to an end. Yasser
Arafat, the chairman of the PLO, and Yitzhak Rabin who was prime minister of Israel at the time
shook hands at the White House in front of President Bill Clinton to finalize the accords. This was the first step towards peace in a long time between the warring nations, and one that many people believed was going to bring an end to the fighting. These accords were significant because it was the first time that Israel ever recognized the Palestinian Liberation Organization as representatives of Palestine.
The purpose of Oslo was to pull out all of the Israeli troops from the West Bank and Gaza, and give the Palestinians the opportunity to govern themselves in that territory. Ariel Sharon was heavily opposed to the Oslo accords because he viewed it as a security threat to Israel to remove their troops from Palestine. Even after the accord was signed, Palestinians were still unhappy, and the violence continued. When Rabin was killed and Sharon took over after he won the election, he ultimately called off the Oslo agreement, and the Israeli army continued to punish Palestine in response to Palestinian attacks. Sharon is in no hurry to reach peace with Palestine, he does not trust the Palestinian people or their recently deceased leader Yasser Arafat. Ariel Sharon is perfectly content going eye for an eye with Palestine for every terror strike. He believes that he is right, and no one is going to change his opinion.
Ariel Sharon is a big bully. I do not justify Palestinian attacks on Israeli civilians, and I do believe that Yasser Arafat supported terror strikes, but Sharon knows that he has the upper hand in the whole situation. America is going to stand behind Israel, so Sharon makes all these crazy demands from the Palestinians. He will give them some of their land, but Israel will control the air space in the new Palestinian territory. Of...