When I first traveled to Israel-Palestine in 1994, during the heady early days of the Oslo peace process, I was expecting to see more of the joyful celebrations I’d watched on television at home. The emotional welcoming of Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) Chairman Yasser Arafat back to Palestine. The massive demonstrations for peace on the streets of Tel Aviv.
It was doomed from the start, Arafat said it himself. Just six weeks after the accords were signed at the White House Arafat promised that the accords would serve as an interim step before they continued the war to destroy the Zionists. Six weeks after it was signed. The world thought if they just looked the other way he would see reason. Power hungry despots never see reason.