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0309 – Palestinian-Israeli Relations Hussein Agha and Robert Malley – The Tragedy of Errors Ehud Barak  1. Deep antipathy toward the concept of gradual steps from the 1993 Oslo  agreement that promised for the withdrawals of Israeli forces from parts of  Gaza and West Bank – it cost a heavy price without getting anything tangible  in return and without knowing the scope of the Palestinians’ final demands 2. The Palestinian leadership would make a historic compromise. 3. The Israeli public would ratify an agreement, even one that entailed far- reaching concessions, so long as it was final and brought quiet and normalcy  to the country. Barak’s single-minded focus on the big picture only magnified the significance of the  small steps.  All-or-nothing approach Six   years   after   the   Oslo   Agreement,   there   were   more   Israeli   settlements,   less 
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Unformatted text preview: freedom of movement, and worse economic conditions. Powerful Palestinian constituencies were disillusioned with the results of the peace process, doubtful of Israel’s willingness to implement signed agreements. The Barak government concentrated on reaching a deal with Syria. Arafat believed he could discern the objective of either forcing him to swallow an unconscionable deal or mobilizing the world to isolate and weaken the Palestinians if they refused to yield. Unfulfilled interim obligations made Palestinians cast doubt on Israel’s intent to deliver and think that they directly affected the balance of power that was to prevail once permanent status negotiations commenced....
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