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By Emanuel Miller | Honest Reporting
September 17, 2020
Arguably more than any other, the year 2000 is key to understanding the gap between the way a generation of Israelis and their counterparts across the Western world regard the chances of striking peace with the Palestinians.
Two highly significant events happened that year. 2000 was the year in which Israel made an historic peace offer to the Palestinians. Israeli leader Ehud Barak went practically all-in for peace, compromising to such an extent that then-American president Bill Clinton was astounded that Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat hesitated and eventually rejected the unprecedented peace proposal.
According to CNN:
Early 2000 – The Oslo peace process appears to be working, but Israeli and Palestinian leaders are unable to resolve some key issues and agree on a final peace settlement.”
Those reading CNN’s fact sheet are led to believe that Israeli and Palestinian leaders shared the blame, and were equally “unable to resolve some key issues and agree on a final peace settlement.” But that’s not how the Americans attempting to broker an agreement saw it.
President Clinton blamed Arafat for the failure of the two sides to reach an agreement, and later pronounced, “I regret that in 2000 Arafat missed the opportunity to bring that nation into being.” Indeed, Clinton was reported to have been so enraged at Arafat’s persistent refusal to negotiate in good faith that he banged on the table and said: “You are leading your people and the region to a catastrophe.”