Actually, Everybody Recognizes Oslo Failed

The challenges to peace today are different than they were thirty or even ten years ago. It’s better to focus on them rather than beating an already well-flogged horse.

February 22, 2021 | Michael Koplow
About the author: Michael Koplow is the policy director of the Israel Policy Forum and an analyst of Middle Eastern politics.
This is a response to The Return of the Peace Processors, originally published in Mosaic in February 2021

The Palestinian village of Beit Sahur in July 2019. HAZEM BADER/AFP via Getty Images.

Some of Shany Mor’s indictment of the Middle East policy professionals whom he calls “the peace processors” is apt and deserved. His critique of the process that led to the 1993 Oslo Accords, and of course the agreement itself, explains why today it is hard to find unreserved defenders of Oslo, even among its original architects. Even though the unintended consequences—so harmful to Israeli civilians, and ultimately Palestinians, too—of the 1990s peace process are ripe for criticism, the mistaken assumptions that contributed to Oslo’s failures are, by now, well-trod ground.

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