Changing the Status Quo: What directions for Palestinians?

Final Report 

Khalil Shikaki 

May 2016


From the beginning of the Oslo process in 1993, the Palestinian-Israeli peace process has been overwhelmed by obstacles. Violence, settlement construction, abandonment of obligations, and shifts in the domestic environment of Palestinians and Israelis have each played a role in derailing all efforts to end the conflict. The Oslo Accords created the Palestinian Authority (PA) in 1994, a measure that was seen by the Palestinians as the first step towards the end of Israeli occupation and the building of a Palestinian state. Despite its limitations, the PA was seen as the midwife for independence and sovereignty. Optimism about ending the conflict was high and support for mutual reconciliation was vast.....

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