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Diplomacy & Politics
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Norwegian group coming to Knesset to apologize for Oslo Accords
Rabin Arafat Clinton 370.
They are coming from Oslo – to apologize for “Oslo.” A group of more than 20
Christian leaders from Norway will be coming to the Knesset on Wednesday to ask
for forgiveness for the diplomatic process between Israel and the Palestinians
that began in their capital.The group will be delivering an apology for
the Oslo Accords, which passed in 1993 and 1995, to Deputy Knesset Speaker Gila
Gamliel (Likud), the co-chair of the Knesset’s Christian Allies Caucus and a
vigorous opponent of the accords from the start. They will also apologize for
other policies of their government.“Forgive us Israel as a nation for
the Oslo Agreement dividing up the Land of Israel, for the money from Norway
ending up supporting terrorist organizations, for not moving our embassy from
Tel Aviv to Israel’s eternal undivided capital Jerusalem, for not standing up to
defend Israel in a world with increasing hostility, and for the anti-Semitic and
anti-Zionist attitude of politicians and media in Norway,” the apology
says.The apology also asks forgiveness for Norway hindering Jews from
entering the country until 1851, for sending Jews to Nazi death camps during the
Holocaust, and for rejecting Jews who sought to come to Norway after the
war.“We hope to do what we can to rectify mistakes,” said Pastor Terje
Ligerod, head of the delegation.“Apologizing for the Oslo Accords is
important, because the Land of Israel belongs to the Jews according to the
Bible. Norway was wrong to be a part of dividing the land. [The Accords] have
not been a step to peace. We have to acknowledge that Norway has had a role in
what has unfortunately happened.”The group hopes to change attitudes
back home by coming to Jerusalem.That was why they contacted the
Christian Allies Caucus and will be meeting with Gamliel.“The awakening
on the Oslo Accords has occurred not just in Israel, but also among people
around the world who care about Israel and the Jewish people,” Gamliel said. “I
am not surprised by their apology. I hope that more Europeans realize that they
made a mistake by supporting an impossible division of the land, and innocently
providing funding that ended up going to terrorist groups.”The caucus
has MKs for and against dividing the Land of Israel. Besides Gamliel, the group
from Norway will also be meeting with Yesh Atid MK Dov Lipman, a member of the
caucus whose party supports the creation of a Palestinian state.“People
of faith are coming together around the world in support of Israel through
various political initiatives,” said caucus director Josh Reinstein.“The
linchpin of Israel’s diplomatic efforts is faith-based diplomacy.”
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