Elusive search for peace: Former Palestinian peace negotiator

Very serious and dangerous phase

Dr Hanan Ashrawi has spent decades witnessing and participating in the struggle for a Palestinian homeland.
Dr Hanan Ashrawi has spent decades witnessing and participating in the struggle for a Palestinian homeland. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

This month in 1993, the leaders of Israel and Palestine signed the Oslo Accords and exchanged a historic handshake on the White House lawn. A quarter of a century on, both sides are nowhere close to peace. The Straits Times speaks to former negotiators Hanan Ashrawi and Tzipi Livni on what went wrong.

"We are entering one of the most serious and dangerous phases in our history," scholar and former Palestinian peace negotiator Hanan Ashrawi tells The Straits Times.

After decades of witnessing and participating in the struggle for a Palestinian homeland, she has accepted that the principles of the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Accords, with the notable one being agreed to by both parties in Oslo in 1993, are slowly being erased.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 29, 2018, with the headline 'Very serious and dangerous phase'. Print Edition | Subscribe