Twenty-Five Years after Oslo Accords, No Peace between Israel, Palestinians

September 13 marks 25 years since Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization signed the Oslo Accords on the White House lawn.  Under the watchful eye of then US President Bill Clinton, then Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, Foreign Minister and Oslo architect Shimon Peres and PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat cheerfully signed the pages of the document that was supposed to pave the way to peace.  And, meanwhile, the U.S. and European Union have given billions of dollars and euros to fund most areas of Palestinian government and institutions without asking anything in return… until now.  President Trump first applied pressure when he declared Jerusalem Israel’s capital and moved the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in May.  Then, last week Trump cut funding to the United Nations body responsible for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA), and now he’s ordered the closure of the PLO offices in Washington.