Thursday, 3 August 2017

Yitzhak Shamir on Binyamin Netanyahu & the Hebron Protocol

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

Yitzhak Shamir, in an interview with Maariv, in 1997, said, “The fact is he is working against the principles of the Likud.  He has no principles at all. I do not see any principles.”  He was protesting the Hebron Protocol, and referring to Binyamin Netanyahu.

Also known as the Protocol Concerning the Redeployment in Hebron, it was signed on the 17th January, 1997 by Israel, represented by its Prime Minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, and the Palestine Liberation Organization, represented by Yasser Arafat.   This was overseen by US Secretary of State, Warren Christopher.

The Hebron Protocol was the negotiated partial withdrawal of Israeli military forces from Hebron in accordance with the 1995 Interim Agreement on the West Bank & the Gaza Strip, better known as Oslo II.   Accordingly, about 80% of the area was to come under Palestinian control, while the remaining would be under Israeli control.  Although the redeployment began on the 16th January, 1997, the protocol has never been ratified by either contracting party.


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