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Israel and Palestine: what’s gone wrong?

By David Makovsky   December 2000

Dear David

6th November 2000

Surveying the wreckage of the Oslo agreement, I am struck by the vast gap in perceptions between our two peoples. We are all in danger of falling into this abyss. What many Israelis see as mindless Palestinian violence contradicting repeated professions of peaceful intent, we see as a long-delayed and justifiable expression of anger against an occupation that has lasted far too long and a peace process that has delivered far too little. Thirty-three years after UN resolution 242 set up the “land for peace” formula, nine years after the Madrid conference launched the…

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