The Palestinians Broke Oslo

Norway will never forgive Israel.

Why? Simple: because of the Palestinians’ repeated refusal to accept a peace deal with the Jewish state.

You think this makes absolutely no sense at all? Actually, it does, because we’re talking about the murky waters of European politicians willing to trade their principles for re-election. And more so, because the failure of Norway’s “Oslo Peace Accords” makes the Norwegians look predictably foolish.

Norway doesn’t mind how many Jews die to save Norwegian prestige in a lost cause

Norway has invested 30 years of prestige in forging a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians. The Palestinians have refused every single time. But the Norwegians cannot blame the Palestinians for the failure – no Norwegian politician looking for re-election could possibly survive the electoral upheaval this would cause in a country whose demographic structure has been irreversibly altered over the past few decades. So the Norwegian political elites lay the blame for the failure at the door of Israel.

Here’s a very brief history of Palestinian failure to accept any kind of peace deal with Israel.
1. Let’s start before there even was an Israel. In 1929, Arabs perpetrated the Hebron Massacre, in which almost 200 Jewish civilians including nurses and doctors were slaughtered in a frenzy that began on shabbat. Young girls were raped while their parents were forced to watch, then both the parents and children were butchered. Homes were burned with their residents inside, the elderly and infants in arms were hacked to pieces, medical facilities were attacked with firearms. Read that again. This is not a description of October 7th 2023, this took place on August 24th, 1929. The parallels are uncanny. Perhaps the Arabs miraculously predicted in August 1929 that in May 1948 there would be a state called Israel and that they needed to act preventively to “end the occupation”?

2. The 1947 United Nations Partition Plan envisaged the creation of two states: Israel, where about 20 percent of the population was to be Arab, and and an unnamed Arab Muslim state, where zero percent of the population was to be Jewish in keeping with the Arabs’ demands for ethnic purity in their land. Even so, the Arabs declined the deal and five Arab armies invaded Israel upon independence in May 1948. They lost their war. To this day, more than 20 percent of Israel’s population is Arab, zero percent of the population of “Palestine” is Jewish.

3. The 1993/95 Oslo Peace Accords envisaged two states living in peace, Israel and Palestine, as part of a phased process. Various steps in this long-drawn-out process included the Hebron Protocol, the Wye River Memorandum and the Sharm el-Sheikh Memorandum under Israeli Prime Ministers Netanyahu and Barak from the Right and Left respectively. However, amid constant attacks from Palestinian terror groups such as Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) and Fatah, that process came to a halt.

4. The Camp David Summit of 2000 saw far-reaching compromises by Israel, granting the Palestinians 97 percent of the land they wanted, plus additional land from inside Israel to compensate for the remaining 3 percent. The Palestinians rejected the offer out of hand, leading to the mass terrorism of the Second Intifada.

5. The Gaza Disengagement of 2005 saw every last Israeli withdraw from the Gaza Strip. Even dead Jews were dug up from their graves and reburied inside Israel to satisfy the ethnic cleansing demands of the Gaza Arabs. Israel also left behind an immensely generous endowment in the form of agricultural and industrial infrastructure to set the nascent Palestinian state on the road to economic welfare. However, that was not enough, and the Palestinians launched five massive terrorist wars hitting almost exclusively civilian targets in Israel from 2008 to 2023.

6. The 2007 Annapolis Conference saw Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert make the most far-reaching concessions ever to the Palestinians – who failed to even answer his offer.

7. The 2009-2010 Settlement Freeze under Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu stopped settlement building in return for a freeze on Palestinian terrorism. Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas abandoned the ongoing peace discussions when it became apparent that he was actually required to abandon terrorism.

8. The 2020 Peace to Prosperity plan devised by US President Donald Trump would have given the Palestinians unprecedented political and financial clout to pursue their longed-for independence. The plan was abandoned due to pressure primarily from Europe. For the simple reason that it represented the best opportunity ever of actually succeeding, giving the Palestinians everything they claimed they wanted in exchange for security guarantees for Israel. It’s that last clause, “security guarantees for Israel”, that was too much for Europe to swallow. It would have meant abandoning the unrealistic chimera of Norway’s famed “Oslo Peace Accord”; the Norwegians had invested way too much prestige in that dead-end process to accept its demise. So it was back to business as usual.

9. Which brings us up to date – more precisely to October 7th, 2023. The Hamas and PIJ massacre, carried out with the eager assistance of more than a thousand Gaza civilians, was the worst in Israel’s history. It resulted in the slaughter of 1200 people and the abduction of another 250 from their homes in Israel to captivity in underground dungeons in Gaza. A large proportion, possibly the majority, of these abductees have been murdered in captivity, and Israel is continuing its search for both live and deceased hostages.

The Palestinians have rejected their own state from 1929 to today.
So what are the prospects for peace now in the wake of the Palestinian massacre and kidnapping of so many people from Israel? Depending on which polls you look at, between 80 and 90 precent of Palestinians in the area ruled by Palestinian Authority President Mahmud Abbas wholeheartedly support the Hamas massacres and want to see more of the same. In Gaza, where Hamas holds sway, backing for the terrorist organisation’s barbarity is almost universal. Ironically, many of the Israelis butchered, maimed and abducted by Hamas were highly sympathetic to and supportive of the Palestinians’ political and territorial aspirations. Tragically, that sympathy and support did not earn them any mercy at the hands of their Palestinian neighbours.

So the question still stands: what are the prospects for peace now? Well, after the Oslo Peace Accords were finally shattered by Palestinian intransigence, the Norwegians did what we here in Scandinavia have come to expect of them: they doubled down and rewarded Hamas’s massacre with “recognition of Palestinian statehood”. Except, in the twisted logic of Norwegian Foreign Minster Espen Barth Eide, this move is instead “driven by the fact that we saw that no real negotiations were happening and there wasn’t any progress towards the two-state solution … (recognising Palestine) does not change much, but as a contribution to this process, it might help”. It would appear Mr Eide needs a lesson in simple chronology. And basic logic.

Logic-defying stupidity
Of course, Norway does not stand alone in embracing this logic-defying approach. Sweden, which recognised Palestine back in 2014, is also infected with the kind of absurd chronology-reversing syndrome that prevents all reasoned debate. Below is a photo taken on 25 May 2024 outside the University of Gothenburg, where well-funded professional protesters rolling up in expensive 70,000 and 100,000 dollar cars have set up camp on public property behind a banner that reads: “The last day of the occupation is the first day of peace”.

Photo copyright: Ilya Meyer

But Gaza is occupied by Hamas following their rejection of every single peace treaty that Israel signed off on for Palestinian independence. The only Jews there are those who were illegally kidnapped by Hamas. The area governed by Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas, currently in the 18th year of his 4-year tenure without the inconvenience of intervening elections, is occupied by Fatah following their rejection of every single peace treaty that Israel signed off on for Palestinian independence.

Palestinians don’t want Palestine. They want Israel. All of Israel

The Palestinians do not want independence. They do not want their own state. They want Israel. All of Israel.
Norway, Sweden, Ireland, Spain and various other countries under the yoke of rapidly expanding Islamist voter demographics have no choice but to go the way their voters demand.

But Israel has no need to pander to the domestic voting interests of European politicians. Let them stew in the demographic cauldron they created for themselves. Israel has no intention of committing national suicide just to pander to Norway’s thirst for prestige, Sweden’s addiction to virtue-signalling as it begs for appreciation, or other countries’ inability to survive the onslaught of voters who neither can nor want to understand history.

Or, as it is sometimes referred to, that frightening concept known as the truth. In today’s snowflake culture, of course, notions such as “fact” and “truth” are regarded as personally insulting, culturally oppressive and insensitive to the pre-selected narratives that offer a sense of community, of belonging to a mass-movement.

Even if most adherents of that movement have absolutely no understanding of what the movement of “Palestinianism” is actually about.

Did someone mention “death cult”?

About the Author
Served as deputy chair of the West Sweden branch of the Sweden-Israel Friendship Association. Written three political thrillers about Sweden-Israel-Gaza in The Hart Trilogy: "Bridges Going Nowhere" (2014), "The Threat Beneath" (2015) and "From the Shadows" (2016), where the action switches seamlessly between Samaria, Gaza, Israel, Sweden and Iran. Work has started on a fourth book, "Picture Imperfect".