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THE END OF THE PEACE PROCESS, OSLO AND AFTER.

THE END OF THE PEACE PROCESS, OSLO AND AFTER by Edward W Said published by Granta Books ISBN 1 86207 292 2 price 15.00 [pounds sterling] paperback

Edward W Said, is one of the leading authorities on the Middle East. This passionate, engaged and constantly insightful collection of 50 essays is a commentary on the last six years of the peace process, in which Said has been one of the few voices in the West supporting the rights of the Palestinian people.

In this collection, Professor Said questions the very foundation of the Oslo accords. Signed in September 1993 on the White House lawn by Israel and the PLO, the accords were immediately hailed as a success and a breakthrough for peace in the Middle East, but Professor Said realised that the imbalance of power between the signatories would set up problematical dynamics, bringing only an illusory stability. The later interim agreements of Taba, Hebron and the Wye Plantation only limited the next phase, when the future of refugees, Jerusalem, borders, water and compensation must be decided.

Incisively cutting through the hyperbole in the press surrounding the accords, these pieces document the historical context but also give otherwise unreported accounts of what has really gone on in the occupied territories since the signing. The continuing expansion of Israel's settlements, the questionable efficacy of Yasser Arafat's leadership, Professor Said's own return to Jerusalem after 45 years, the subsequent banning of his books by the Palestinian Authority, and Oslo's inability to recognise Palestine's self-determination are among the issues of peace and justice he discusses.
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Title Annotation:Review
Author:Rhodes, Fred
Publication:The Middle East
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Nov 1, 2000
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