Daily Israel Report

Oslo Architect: No Repeat of Past Mistakes

Architect of Oslo Accords admits mistakes made, opines that no agreement will be signed with Palestinians.
By Ari Yashar
First Publish: 11/6/2013, 3:48 PM

Palestinian police entering Jericho 1994
Palestinian police entering Jericho 1994
Flash 90

Doctor Yair Hirschfeld of Haifa University, one of the architects of the Oslo Accords, has admitted that "mistakes were made" in the plan, and expressed his opinion that the current round of peace talks with the Palestinians will not end with the signing of a comprehensive agreement.

Regarding Oslo, Hirschfeld said he sees it as an important part in the process of the "two state solution," however he admits that the the process saw mistakes and problems from both sides.

The Oslo Accords allowed the PLO terrorist organization to established an armed presence in Judea, Samaria and Gaza and form the Palestinian Authority. Intifada terror wars following the accords costs thousands of Israeli lives.

As for the current talks, Hirschfeld said "on the core issues of Jerusalem, refugees and borders, there is no consensus between us and the Palestinians, and there will be no agreement, the gap between the positions is very great."

This comes after Hirschfeld in August declared a peace agreement was closer than ever.

Hirschfeld predicts that Netanyahu will continue trying to establish the "two state solution" by which an Arab state would be founded in the heart of Israel. After allowing the Palestinians to establish a state, he says it will be possible to discuss the other issues in the future.

He further added that Israel will not repeat mistakes of the past, referring to the "Disengagement Plan" in which Jews were expelled from Gaza and parts of northern Samaria (Shomron) in 2005. He says most of the "settlers" - referring to Jews living in Judea and Samaria - live in "blocs" that will be annexed to Israel, but went on to say that even regarding those who don't, "the country won't repeat mistakes of the past."

The "settlers" are an important part of the nation of Israel and will need to be taken care of, he said, mentioning several proposals including having Israelis who do not wish to leave their homes in Judea and Samaria live in a proposed Palestinian state.

The statements come after reports Monday claimed the US will force a peace deal if an agreement isn't reached. Other reports revealed that US President Barak Obama is using the Iranian nuclear crisis as leverage in pressuring Israel in the peace agreements.

There has been a recent move calling for alternatives to the "two state solution" which many consider failed. Those alternatives include a "one state solution" annexing all of Judea and Samaria, or the establishment of a Palestinian state in Jordan where those who identify as Palestinians are already a clear majority.