What is it about?

The article records my interview with Track Two Palestinian peace negotiator Hussein Agha. We discussed his own involvement in the peace process; the Oslo Accords; the Stockholm channel; the Beilin/Abu Mazen Agreement and Camp David 2000. We also discussed the qualities of the two Palestinian leaders who chose him for different assignments, Arafat and Abbas; the use of violence as a political weapon; Palestinian internal rivalries; the merits of Track Two negotiations, and the Palestinian Right of Return. The interview assesses the positive and negative lessons and implications of the peace process.

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Why is it important?

The project is important because the protracted Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been destabilizing the Middle East and world peace at large. Lessons learned from the peace process are important first and foremost for the Israelis and the Palestinians but they are also of importance for other actors including European and Middle Eastern countries. Successful peace negotiations enhance the security of all those affected by the conflict.


This is a fascinating interview. Agha told me some things I did not know and enriched my understanding of the Palestinian perspective.

Professor raphael cohen-almagor
University of Hull

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This page is a summary of: History of Track Two Peace Negotiations: Interview with Hussein Agha, Israel Studies, January 2021, Indiana University Press,
DOI: 10.2979/israelstudies.26.1.03.
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