Truth be said, from the perspective of President Shimon Peres, the signing of the Oslo Agreement, which led to the deaths of some 1,500 victims HY”D, has been a success. For Peres, it permitted him to become a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, led to the establishment of the lucrative Peres Peace Center and has significantly boosted the political career of the man now serving as Israel’s president.
Perhaps being over 90 permits one to say what comes to mind and get away with it, but Peres was no less brazen at the signing in 1993 than he is today as officials mark the 20th anniversary. The president told Galei Tzahal (Army Radio) that looking back today he knows the agreement was the “right decision,” one that led the nation to a “great revolution”. He did not pass an opportunity to praise PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen), who he calls a genuine partner and leader.
After the countless suicide bombing attacks that were the result of Oslo, death and the thousands of maimed and injured, the uprooting of Gush Katif and the world opinion turned against Israel, Peres brazenly praises the Oslo Agreement as the nation prepares to celebrate Rosh Hashanah under a cloud of a chemical weapons attack from Syria and a growing Iranian nuclear threat.
Peres explains that there is no connection whatsoever between Oslo and the expulsion from Gush Katif and N. Shomron, or the missiles fired from Gaza into southern Israel.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)