Address by Dr Stephanie Latte Abdallah at MEMO’s ‘Oslo at 25: A Legacy of Broken Promises’ conference held in London on September 29, 2018.
Stéphanie Latte Abdallah is a historian and political scientist. She has been a research fellow at the L’Institut de Recherches et d’Études sur les Mondes Arabes et Musulmans in Aix-en-Provence since 2006 and at the Institut Français du Proche- Orient since September 2013. Her latest book (co-edited with Cédric Parizot) A l’Ombre du Mur: Israéliens et Palestiniens entre occupation et séparation was published in September 2011.
PANEL: Living with the Occupation
While the PLO envisaged the Oslo Accords as a vehicle to self-determination in the territories occupied in 1967, the Israelis viewed them as a means to transform their direct military rule into a system of indirect rule. This required the transformation of the PLO from a liberation movement to Israel’s security sub-contractor in the occupied territories. Its primary function was to quash any form of resistance to the occupation. The asymmetry in the relationship between the two sides allowed the stronger, Israel, to dictate the direction and speed of the process according to its wishes.