Today in 1993: First Israeli-Palestinian agreement ever signed
13 September 2017
The famous handshake between Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestine Liberation Organization chairman Yasser Arafat on the White House’s south lawn with President Bill Clinton constitutes the first time Israelis and Palestinians recognized each other as legitimate partners in negotiations to end the conflict. The Declaration of Principles, known as the Oslo Accords, provided a framework for the beginning of limited Palestinian self-rule, transferring control of major Palestinian cities and towns in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip to a newly-created Palestinian Authority. The interim agreement was the product of months of secret talks between Israeli and Palestinian officials held in Oslo, Norway. It was supposed to be followed by negotiations to achieve a final resolution within five years.
Learn the history of the occupation so that we can overcome it, because #50isEnough.
The occupation has gone on for 50 years. It’s a problem that must be addressed for Israel’s sake and for the Palestinians. Over 5 decades and in every month of the year, Israelis, Palestinians, Americans and others have made their mark on reality. Telling these stories is part of how our movement grows stronger. This series marks the watershed moments we all need to know about.