The Problem Is Palestinian Rejectionism

Kuperwasser, Yosef; Lipner, Shalom
November 2011
Foreign Affairs;Nov/Dec2011, Vol. 90 Issue 6, p2
The authors argue that peace attempts between Israel and the Palestinians have failed because of the failure of the Palestinians to adhere to the spirit of the 1993 Oslo peace accords to recognize Israel as a Jewish state. The authors assert that the Palestinian leadership established preconditions to recognition that did not previously exist, particularly regarding Israeli settlements. According to the article, when Israel froze settlement construction in 2009 and 2010, the Palestinians continued to refuse to negotiate. The article discusses various actors in the conflict including the Israeli Knesset, Palestinian Authority (PA) leader Mahmoud Abbas, and Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.


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