Op-Ed: Oslo is a Double Edged Sword
Ted BelmanThe author is a retired attorney and the editor of Israpundit. In 2009 he made aliya and is now living in Jerusalem.
Over the weekend, Abbas Propose[d] Canceling Oslo Accords. He sees the accords as imposing too many controls over the PA. The Accords provide what the PA and Israel can and cannot do, like a constitution.
Israel for its part prefers the Accords to remain in place because it feels they favour Israel and mandate negotiations.
Nevertheless, the willingness of the Israelis to abrogate Oslo is growing, because it restricts them from annexing Area C or more and anyway, the PA consistently violates them.
Now , legally no one has the right to cancel the accords unless they can attribute fundamental breach to the other. But regardless, if the PA would do it they would have a better chance of world support than Israel, except for one thing.
The US is demanding negotiations and wouldn’t let the accords be formally set aside, because it would undermine negotiations and bring in an era of instability and chaos.
Presently the strategy of the PA, with the active support of the EU countries and even the US, is to accept the Accords in name only while violating them everyday with their incitement and theft of state land in Area C.
Regavim is fighting a daily battle to prevent this theft by, inter alia, petitioning the Supreme Court. It is doing the job the GOI is turning its back on.