The Israel-Arab Reader: A Documentary History of the Middle East Conflict - Part VI, pp. 577-623 Summary & Analysis

Walter Lacquer and Barry Rubin
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Part VI, pp. 577-623 Summary and Analysis

Both Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir and Haydar Abd al-Shafi give speeches at the October 31, 1992 Madrid Peace Conference. Shamir discusses the history of the Jewish people and the region. The current peace meeting is based on the American initiative and the Israeli plan formed by the Camp David accords. Shamir tells the Arabs that they must accept the legitimacy of Israel before there can be peace. Aydar Abd al-Shafi spoke of the Palestinian hopes for the end of oppression and for their right to self-determination.

In his inaugural speech of July 13, 1992, Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin says his government's main goal is the end of the conflict with the Arabs and the establishment of peace. He invites the Palestinian-Jordan delegation to meetings with his government informally in Jerusalem. The Israelis will agree to autonomy and self-rule. He...

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