Professor Ephraim Kleiman
11.02.2013 analysis by Professor Ephraim Kleiman

Paris Protocol: Past, Present, Future

In the third installment of Molad's Paris Project, Professor Ephraim Kleiman, argues that the Paris Protocols should be reworked into a new format for our era
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As we approach the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Oslo Accords, Molad takes a new look at the Accords, wha they mean, and their application over time with an eye to the future. With both the world and the Palestinian Authority's economic situation in dire straits, we chose to open with the "Paris Project" to discuss the economic Annex to the Oslo Accords that established an economic union between Israel and the Palestinians. The first part of the project was an interview with former Finance Minister Avraham Shochat on his perspective from the Israeli side of the Accord. Shochat's central claim was that though the Protocol was written with Israeli interests in mind, and did not allow for an independent Palestinian economy, and the Palestinians accepted its constraints and that the Protocol was effective, functioned well as a coordinating mechanism, and continues to do its job well even today. The second part of Project Paris was an analysis of the Protocol by retired Colonel Ephraim Lavie, an expert who served in senior positions in the security coordination body opposite the Palestinians during the relevant years. His conclusions is that the framework that was created for the Palestinians, who were, in fact, interested in building an independent economy, is the very framework that contributed in no small way to the economic woes Palestinians face today.

In this third installment, economist and Professor Ephraim Kleiman, who participated in the talks and was one of the architects of the ageement, that the framework that resulted from the Paris Protocol shoud be understood as only applying to that time — not to ours. It would be opportune, he argues, to build a new, alternative framekwork.

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