The Oslo peace process which sought to address the conflict between Palestinians and Israelis and which came to symbolize the possibilities for peace when Rabin and Arafat shook hands on the White House lawn in September 1993, having committed to the Declaration of Principles, provides an interesting case study by which to think about the media’s relationship with peace. Importantly, the Oslo process sought to develop a substantive negotiations dynamic between Israeli and Palestinian delegates in order to bring the conflict to an end. As Corbin points out, this was no small task since the participants were dealing with:
nearly fifty years of bloodshed and retribution since the founding of Israel, and before that many decades of strife between between Jew and Arab in the region. There had been four wars and countless skirmishes, laced with sustained campaigns of terror that had indelibly marked the psyche of both peoples. The history of Israel and the Palestinian diaspora since 1948 is dominated by a roll-call of tragedy, the stuff of headlines and shocking television broadcasts.
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