Noam Chomsky: Why the Israel-Palestine ‘negotiations’ are a complete farce

september 11, 2013

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By Noam Chomsky – 2 Sept 2013 – Israeli Occupation Archive

The negotiations provide a cover for Israel’s takeover of the territories it wishes to control and should spare the United States some further embarrassment at the UN

Noam Chomsky

Noam Chomsky

The Israel-Palestine negotiations currently underway in Jerusalem coincide with the 20th anniversary of the Oslo Accords. A look at the character of the accords and their fate may help explain the prevailing skepticism about the current exercise.

In September 1993, President Clinton presided over a handshake between Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestine Liberation Organization Chairman Yasser Arafat on the White House lawn – the climax of a “day of awe,” as the press described it.

The occasion was the announcement of the Declaration of Principles [DOP] for political settlement of the Israel-Palestine conflict, which resulted from secret meetings in Oslo that were sponsored by the Norwegian government.

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