The Palestinian Authority 30 Years after Oslo

(Washington Institute for Near East Policy) Ghaith al-Omari - The Oslo process has produced ongoing conflict with Israel and a divided Palestinian polity with two governments whose only commonalities are corruption, poor governance, and authoritarian policies and practices. The Israelis, for their part, were promised security and acceptance, but feel they have received continued terror and delegitimization instead. One would be hard-pressed to find a single world leader today who believes that a two-state solution is at hand and, accordingly, there is no diplomatic appetite to invest in its realization. More worryingly, the Israeli and Palestinian publics are abandoning it. Concurrently, terrorism from Palestinian factions and individuals is resurgent, with the PA unable to exert its security control in areas under its authority. Moreover, the PA operates like many neighboring dictatorships to limit the political space and is fiercely resistant to any efforts towards political rejuvenation. As a result, it is drifting gradually but inexorably towards domestic and diplomatic irrelevance. Most Palestinians today see the PA as a liability rather than an asset. The writer is a fellow of The Washington Institute.

2023-09-11 00:00:00

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