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The Stolen Car Process

Try getting your Ford Taurus back from the Palestinian Authority, and you will learn why Oslo failed

Apr 16, 2001, Vol. 6, No. 30 • By DANIEL DORON
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It is true, as Oslo's advocates pleaded, that enemies are who you make peace with, and reasons of state sometimes compel you to let a thief off the hook. But it is also true that whatever deal one strikes with criminals or terrorists must be rigorously tested by gradual and careful implementation, in full awareness of the risks. Otherwise you end up paying the ransom but not getting your car back -- or, in the case of Israel under Oslo, giving up vital strategic assets only to establish a terrorist state next-door and usher in a new era of bloodshed.

Daniel Doron is director of the Israel Center for Social and Economic Progress.