The actual reality in Palestine today is a direct result of the Oslo Accords and is precisely what Israel had always wanted: advancing deeper and more entrenched Israeli control over the lives, land and resources in Palestine while maintaining the appearance of a peace process, the failure of which is blamed on the Palestinians.
“Arabs have a long, unbroken history, with many ups and downs. They are used to waiting. Patience is a mighty instrument.”
When I first met Yasser Arafat in besieged Beirut, in the summer of 1982, Abu Mazen was not present. But when I met him again in Tunis, a few months later, he asked me to meet Abu Mazen, too. Abu Mazen, it transpired, was the Fatah leader in charge of Israeli matters. My first impression of Abu Mazen (Mahmoud Abbas) was that