Peace Talks of the 1990s

At the beginning of the 1990s, the PLO realized that its only hope was to make peace with Israel. In 1993 an agreement was signed between the PLO and Israel. The PLO recognised Israel’s right to exist and Israel promised to give back some of the land that it took away in 1967. It also agreed to talks on a Palestinian state. By the end of the century, more and more land was given back to the Palestinians and they also set up their own government in these areas.

But when the peace talks slowed down in 2000, the second Intifada began. Palestinian suicide bombers started blowing themselves up in Israeli towns , killing many Israelis . In return, Israel’s army took control of most parts of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.

Today, lasting peace is farther away than ever before, because there are extremists on both sides who don't want to live together peacefully.

Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, US President Bill Clinton and and PLO leader Yasser Arafat sign a peace treaty in 1993