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Israel PLO Peace Treaty The Middle East has always been known as the Holy Land the land of the Bible For centuries prophets have walked there nations have collided and conquerors have come and gone While Jews claim a three thousand-year-old attachment to this ancient land Arabs also stake their devotion In 1993 these two peoples involved in a tragic conflict that has lasted more than half a century saw the possibility of a new beginning It was called the Oslo Accord and it transformed the political realities of the Middle East Peres p2 However there have been many turbulent events that have followed the signing of the Accord events that have undermined the agreement and are threatening to drive Israelis and Arabs apart once again Since the founding of Israel in 1948 there has been continuous conflict between Israel and the Arab states This conflict has been marked by six bloody wars In 1867 during the six-day war of Syria Jordan and Egypt Israel captured the West Bank Sinai and the Gaza strip Subsequently a population of over a million Palestinian Arabs together with their land was now under Israeli control Spencer p70 It was during this time that a Palestinian leader emerged Yasser Arafat Labeled a terrorist by Israel and the United States he and his Palestine Liberation Organization called for the eviction of Israel from the occupied territories by force of arms In 1979 Israel returned Sinai to Egypt by a peace treaty Although Egypts Prime Minister Anwar Sadat was assassinated in 1982 by anti-peace forces the peace still remained between the two countries This paved the way for negotiations with Jordan Syria and the Palestines Hunter p17-20 However Israels continued occupation of the Palestinian territories led to the uprising of Arab youth in the West Bank and Gaza known as the Intifada For the Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza the Intifada provided them with a new and
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