Israel-PLO Peace Agreement
May 4, 1994
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The Israel-PLO signing ceremony establishing palestinian selfrule in the gaza strip and in jericho was shown live on israeli television. The ceremony was temperarily delayed when Mr. Arafat refused to sign a portion of .. Read More
The Israel-PLO signing ceremony establishing palestinian selfrule in the gaza strip and in jericho was shown live on israeli television. The ceremony was temperarily delayed when Mr. Arafat refused to sign a portion of the agreement due to a misunderstanding. Consquently, toward the end of the ceremony, there was an uncomfortable series of moments in which particpants argues over the details of that portion of the agreement. Last fall in Washington D.C., a declaration of principles was signed at the White House between Israel and the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) which called for Israel to pull its troops out of the Gaza Strip and Jericho by April 13. This deadline was missed because of Israeli concerns about security. The signing of this new accord by Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin of Israel and Yasir Arafat of the PLO marks the end of Israel’s 27 year military occupation of the region. In addition, after six months of negotiation, this agreement establishes the first areas of Palestinian rule in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. In accordance with the agreement, Israeli troops are to begin withdrawing from the Gaza Strip & Jericho within 24 hours after the accord signing. In addition, a Palestinian police force will be deployed and a Palestinian council will be put in charge of the daily administration of the region. The council will be authorized to establish laws and regulations based on Israeli approval.