The Oslo Accords, signed on 13th September 1993, were not a definitive peace agreement between the state of Israel and the Palestinians but an intermediary agreement. Based on the principle of mutual recognition, the Accords were part of a process of reconciliation that was intended to end in a definitive end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict five years later. The basic error was to focus on questions of procedure, leaving the most difficult questions till the end. Each partner blamed the other side for delays, blockages and violations in the process: acts of terrorism on the one hand, resumption of settlement building on the other. The impasse was neither inevitable nor irreversible.

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