Overview: History of Israel: 1980-2000
Israeli-Palestinian relations dominate the headlines.
Even without concrete solutions, the
But everything came to a crashing halt in 1995. At a peace rally in Tel Aviv on November 4th, Rabin was assassinated by Yigal Amir, an extremist right-wing Israeli who opposed the peace process. While the Rabin assassination did not halt the peace plan alone, it, along with a series of suicide bombings, led to the 1996 election of Benjamin Netanyahu and his center-right party, Likud.
While Netanyahu's campaign slogan was "Peace with Security," it became clear that he was going to take a hard-line towards negotiations with the Palestinians. The party was more supportive of settlers in the West Bank and
While the Oslo Accords were in effect, tensions between Israelis and Palestinians were still high.
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