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A handshake on the White House lawn sealing the first of the landmark Oslo accords inspired hope that Israeli-Palestinian peace could finally be achieved, but 25 years later, those dreams have faded.But for those who regard an Israeli and Palestinian state existing side by side as the only viable solution, salvaging the peace process and the achievements of the Oslo accords – a second followed in 1995 – is more urgent than ever.Such moves have delighted Israeli right-wing politicians, who oppose a Palestinian state and argue the Oslo accords only led to another Palestinian intifada and more violence.The Palestinian leadership, however, remains deeply divided between 83-year-old President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party and the movement Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip and refuses to recognize Israel.As part of the agreements, the Palestine Liberation Organization recognized Israel, while Israel recognized the PLO as the Palestinians' legitimate representative.In 1995, Rabin was assassinated by an Israeli right-wing extremist in 1995 and the five-year transitional period under Oslo that was supposed to lead to a permanent settlement expired with no deal in place.
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