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Where peace is no longer an option November 15, 2000

Posted by elizabethwong in International, Op-Eds, Politics, Writings.

I was still in university when the Oslo peace process was first mooted in 1993.

The Palestinians in Sydney were devastated by what they called, an "Arafat sell-out". However in time, the Palestinians were told to give "peace" a chance. Many accepted, although not without reservations.

Today, the two-word "peace process", brandished liberally by the United Nations, the US and its allies, has become what Edward Said called "the most hated phrase in the Palestinian lexicon".

Yet, the breakdown of the Oslo peace process was not unexpected. From the start, it has been fundamentally flawed. How can there be peace when a murderous armed state continues to patrol and control the disputed territories?