David Bedein

US Peace Proposal: Based on Oslo Accords which the PLO Never Ratified

The US peace plan of 2020, offered by US President Trump, cannot be understood without noting that it openly states that it continues the Oslo Accord of 1993, never ratified by the PLO.

That accord was based on the vision of Foreign Minister Peres and Deputy Foreign Minister Yossi Beilin of a NEW MIDDLE EAST.

For those who were not active in 1993, Peres and Beilin promoted the notion that the PLO, a terrorist organization, could be repackaged as an economic partner, to create peace and prosperity.

They would call that “THE NEW MIDDLE EAST”.

It occurred very fast.

On August 7, 1993, the Israel Foreign Ministry briefed the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations that the PLO remains a terror group with whom no progress towards peace could be possible.

On August 20, 1993, Foreign Minister Peres and Deputy Foreign Minster Yossi Beilin proclaimed that recognition of the PLO was in the offing.

On Sept. 13, 1993, The US hosted Israel and the PLO at the White House when they signed The Declaration of Principles, otherwise known as the Oslo accord, contingent on ratification by the legislative bodies of Israel and the PLO.

On September 15, 1993, Israel announced that it would arm the PLO, now recognized as a peace partner, even though the PLO did not yet ratify the Declaration of Principles.

On September 25, 1993, the Knesset ratified the Declaration of Principles.

On October 6, 1993, the PLO convened the Palestine Executive Council to ratify the Declaration of Principles, but could not get a quorum. 27 years later, the PLO has not yet ratified the Declaration of Principles, otherwise known as the Oslo accord.

However, in the public eye, the Palestine Liberation Organization was transformed into a business partner. PLO acts of violence are portrayed as the exception to the rule, while thousands of Jews would make their living from the PLO.

Jews would soon forget that the PLO remains in a full state of war with Israel, never having ratified the Oslo accords.

Yet the PLO’s fundamental enmity gets little publicity.

Jews do not know that humanitarian aid rendered to the Palestine Liberation Organization is used as a weapon.

This week, the PLO launched a bank to pay anyone who kills a Jew.

As a matter of policy, The PLO distributes funds for the killer and for the family of the murderer-for- life.

Yet that official “Pay for Slay” PLO policy gets little publicity, even though the largest US Jewish organization, The Union of Reform Judaism, has now seen fit to stand up against the policy of the Palestine Liberation Organization to pay and honor anyone who  murders a Jew.

Indeed, the new PLO curriculum, used by UNRWA schools, maintains a singular purpose: preparing the next generation for war against the “Zionists.”

This has been well documented by our think tank over the past 20 years.

Arab states, especially Saudi Arabia and Qatar, adhering to the Arab League charter of war, are increasing their funding for these schools of belligerency.

Yet the PLO/UNRWA school system gets little publicity.

What gets reported are economic initiatives that Arab states launch with Jews.

As a condition of aid, Israel and COGAT demand that PLO and UNRWA schools stop promoting the “right of return by force of arms.”

However, that would require a change in the mindset of the NEW MIDDLE EAST.

Can anyone imagine that your business partner has a deadly ulterior motive: to weaken your willingness to defeat a genocidal adversary?

That is the legacy of the Oslo accords, on which the new US peace plan is based.

About the Author
David Bedein, who grew up in Philadelphia and moved to Israel in 1970 at the age of 20, is an MSW community organizer by profession and an expereinced investigative journalist. In 1987 he established the Israel Resource News Agency, with offices at the Beit Agron Int’l Press Center in Jerusalem, where he also serves as Director of the Center for Near East Policy Research. In 1991, Bedein was the special CNN middle east radio correspondent. Since 2001, Bedein has contributed features to the newspaper Makor Rishon. In 2006, Bedein became the foreign correspondent for the Philadelphia Bulletin, writing 1,062 articles until the newspaper ceased operation in 2010. He is the author of " The Genesis of the Palestinian Authority" and "ROADBLOCK TO PEACE- How the UN Perpetuates the Arab-Israeli Conflict: UNRWA policies reconsidered"and the director and producer of the numerous short films about UNRWA policy which can be located at: