Why did peace fail ?

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The years between 1995 and 2000 (known locally as the "Oslo Years") initially brought relative prosperity to Ramallah. Particularly, there was a significant surge in the number of new restaurants in the city. Many expatriates, particularly those who lived in the United States and had left because of the First Intifada (and even some descendants of long-emigrated natives who had never lived there ) returned to establish businesses there. There was immense optimism in the mid-1990s about the future of the peace process. However, many of the promises of the process did not materialize. As unemployment among the Palestinians rose from single digits in 1990 to 37% in 2000, the economy of Ramallah suffered greatly [15], [16]. The Israel Defense Force still controlled all surrounding areas, and freedom of movement for Ramallah residents to that enjoyed prior to 1987 (the start of the first Intifada) was never achieved. On the contrary, Jerusalem, less than 10 miles south, was off-limits without special hard-to-obtain permits [17]. Also, expansion of Israeli settlements around Ramallah increased dramatically, and the network of bypass roads for use of settlers that were built around Ramallah cut off more and more area residents from surrounding communities, as did more land confiscations for settlements [18], [19]. Many official documents previously handled by the Israeli Civil Administration, including the residency-requiring "Identity Card" and permits to travel abroad, were now handled by the Palestinian Authority but still required Israeli approval. For example, a Palestinian passport issued to a Ramallah resident was not valid until the passport serial number was registered with the Israeli authorities, who still controlled all border crossings [20]. The Oslo process was no longer popular by the end of the decade, and with the collapse of the Camp David summit in July 2000, optimism had diminished. In September 2000, a second Intifada known as Al Aqsa Intifada erupted.
Those of you who blame terrorists for the failure of the Oslo Accords should study what actually happened.  I for one am not convinced that Israel lived up to the spirit of the agreement. 

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  3. peace
  4. terrorism
  5. israel
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Comments


Seth says
Here is a suggestion of why  peace continues to fail ...
source: Palestinians face unprecedented recession
Palestinian economy faces an

Mark de LA says
seth 2006-09-03 17:17:34 4154
Try examining the facts objectively ... withold the usual knee jerk repsonse ... because, that i already know and don't need you to repeat it. 
Yes, but you repeat the propaganda against Israel quite readily every chance you get!  What actions would you take to defend Israel given that the Palestinians elected a terrorist government which refuses to recognize it?
    Here's one idea nobody seems to have made. Why not repartition the area so that it is not all interconnecting as it is now?

Seth says
source: Aljazeera.Net
Israel has apologised for an artillery barrage which killed 18 civilians including eight children in Gaza, as the Palestinian government declared three days of mourning to commemorate those who died.
... To truly understand the human dimensions of this conflict, me thinks you need to comprehend just how far the balance of terror is shifted to one side.  When does self defense become opression and murder?  Why is this necessary?

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