An event that polarized society: Then-PM Yitzhak Rabin (L) shakes hands with PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat in presence of US President Bill Clinton. (Wikipedia) (Wikipedia)
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PA Chair Mahmoud Abbas nullifies previous agreements this week at the70th UN General Assembly. (Richard Drew/AP)

On September 28, 1995, the Israeli-Palestinian Interim Agreement, known as Oslo II, was signed by Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO leader Yasser Arafat at a White House ceremony.

Palestinian terror is on the rise notwithstanding the Oslo Accords, signed 20 years ago in Washington.

On September 28, 1995, the Israeli-Palestinian Interim Agreement, widely referred to as Oslo II, was signed by then-Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) leader Yasser Arafat in Washington.

Witnessed by the US, Russia, Egypt, Jordan, Norway and the European Union – the agreement established the Palestinian Authority (PA) as an elected, self-governing body to oversee Palestinian interests in Judea and Samaria (West Bank) and the Gaza Strip. The basic principle behind the accord is that neither side should take any unilateral action that would change the status of the territories.

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From the right: Then Israeli PM Yitzhak Rabin, Foreign Minister Shimon Peres and PLO leader Yasser Arafat received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1994 following the Oslo Accords. (GPO)

Since then, however, the PA has repeatedly violated that principle as well as issuing statements in support of violence, culminating this week in PA Chair Mahmoud Abbas’ dismissal of the accords.

Speaking at the UN General Assembly on Tuesday – two decades to the day since the signing of Oslo II – Abbas, in a speech filled with lies and anti-Israel incitement, declared all past agreements, including Oslo, null and void.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has stated his willingness to resume the peace process on numerous occasions, most recently this month in London during a press conference ahead of a meeting with British Prime Minister David Cameron.

By: United with Israel Staff

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