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  Cheshvan 10, 5773 , 26/10/12

Report: Rivlin to Declare Oslo Dead

Speaker Reuven Rivlin will tell the Knesset, Sunday, that the Oslo Peace Process is dead, according to a Friday report by Ze'ev Kam in Makor Rishon. The newspaper cited a draft of a speech to mark the 17th anniversary of the assassination of Yitzchak Rabin, the prime minister who signed the accords.

Rivlin is expected to say that the Oslo concept is fundamentally flawed and cannot be implemented between the River Jordan and the Mediterranean. According to the draft, "Today, from a distance of time of almost 20 years since Oslo, one can clearly argue that the idea of separation between the peoples - is a failure. It never settled into [people's] hearts and did not mature into a long-term solution." It continues, "For many in Israel and the Palestinian Authority, the concept of Oslo - is dead." Rivlin concludes, as a student of Ze'ev Jabotinsky, that one state with a solid Jewish majority is the way to go. Referring to the oft-cited threat of Arab population growth, he said the odds were more in favor of the Arabs when he was nine years old and that all absurd attempts to divide the land have failed time and time again.

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