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The Oslo peace process: interview with Joel Singer

Cohen-Almagor, Raphael



This article records one interview with one of the authors of the Oslo Accords: Joel Singer who was brought to the negotiations from Washington at a later stage. The Oslo channel was established by Yossi Beilin, Terje Rød-Larsen and Yoel Hirschfeld who understood Yassir Arafat’s need to initiate a new path for relationships with Israel. At that time, negotiations with the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) were illegal. The PLO was regarded as a terrorist organization and the Israeli government refused to officially negotiate with Arafat, although it was clear to them that he was still the most capable person to strike a deal, and the only true representative of the Palestinian people. Bilateral negotiations begun in Washington between Israel and Palestinians who were supposedly independent of the PLO while everyone knew they were not. As mentioned above, these talks led to nowhere. This is Singer’s version of this peace chapter.


Cohen-Almagor, R. (2018). The Oslo peace process: interview with Joel Singer. Israel affairs, 24(5), 733-766.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 20, 2017
Online Publication Date Aug 24, 2018
Publication Date Sep 3, 2018
Deposit Date Feb 6, 2018
Publicly Available Date Feb 25, 2020
Journal Israel affairs
Print ISSN 1353-7121
Electronic ISSN 1743-9086
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 24
Issue 5
Pages 733-766
Keywords Joel Singer; Yasser Arafat; PLO; Israel; Oslo Accords; Peace process; Yitzhak Rabin; Shimon Peres; Yossi Beilin; Mahmoud Abbas; Yasser Arafat
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Additional Information This is the accepted version of an article published in Israel affairs. The published version is available at the DOI link.


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