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The Never Ending Israel Palestine Peace Talks

1981 words - 8 pages

The news of people dying and suffering, killings of women and children, and bombings by terrorists and militaries, has undoubtedly grabbed the world’s attention towards the Israel-Palestine conflict. While Palestinian children scream for their dead parents, the world’s leaders and academics initiated a frantic debate, trying hard to point out the real cause and viable solutions for the current situation. This has led to many peace initiatives by the international community that were unfortunately a devastating failure. This deadlock had left leaders and supporters of both sides blaming each other for their stubbornness, in some cases elevating the unrest in Israel and Palestine (Reynolds). In this difficult condition, it is hard for us to determine what actually caused the failure of the peace talks without being biased towards one side. Therefore, my goal in this essay is to examine the cause of the peace talks’ failure objectively by observing the history of past peace talks, the reasons for disagreement that are given by Palestine and Israel and the key issues discussed in peace talks. Finally, I will conclude my research by developing my stand on the causes based on the research I have conducted.
Before we move on to discussing the cause of peace talks’ failures, it is crucial that we understand the peace initiatives that had occurred between Israel and Palestine. The starting point for the peace talks was UN’s Security Council Resolution 1967 which occurred after the 1967 war (Reynolds). This resolution stressed on “withdrawal of Israel armed forces from territories occupied in the recent conflict” and “. . . respect for and acknowledgment . . . of every State in the area and their right to live in peace within secure and recognized boundaries . . .” (United Nations Security Council). Basically, this resolution provides the principal that guides subsequent negotiations, which is the exchange of land for peace (Reynolds). The first negotiation and agreement between Palestine and Israel was the Oslo Agreement in 1993. In this agreement, Israel promised the Palestinians that they would withdraw from part of the Palestinian land. The Oslo Agreement aimed on putting “an end to decades of confrontation and conflict” and recognizing both sides have “legitimate and political rights”. Unfortunately, the agreement failed due to lack of implementation and cooperation from both Israelis and Palestinians (Reynolds). Subsequently, in the year 2000, Camp David was organized by Bill Clinton in his effort to address the final issues of the Oslo Agreement which were boarders, Jerusalem and refugees. In this peace talk, the Palestinians were represented by Arafat while the Israelis were represented by Barak. Arafat and Barak failed to agree in the talk as the maximum Barak could offer was less than the minimum Arafat would accept (Reynolds). Subsequent peace talks after Camp David also faced similar problems.
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