Prime minister Yitzhak Rabin remained opposed to the creation of a Palestinian State more than a year after his historic handshake on the White House lawn with PLO leader Yasser Arafat in September 1993, a new letter obtained by Times of Israel reveals.
The brief response letter to a private Israeli Citizen, dated December 25, 1994, and signed by Rabin’s adviser and bureau chief Eitan Haber, states: “Concerning your letter to the prime minister with regard to a Palestinian state I am replying: The prime minister is of the opinion that there is no room for a Palestinian state.”
Fischer told the Times of Israel that he also received, in 1994, a letter from Uri Savir, a former aide to then-foreign minister Shimon Peres, in which Savir states that it was the current government’s policy to “reject the creation of a Palestinian state.”
Fischer, a writer living in Petah Tikva, told The Times of Israel that he had written the letter to Rabin “simply to inquire what the government’s intentions were vis-à-vis a Palestinian state — yes or no.”
Haber, said Monday he did not remember sending the letter to Fischer in Rabin’s name. “But at that time there were days on which we wrote 400 letters a day… It’s really possible that we sent such a letter, but I don’t remember. How could I remember?..It was difficult for me to believe that in ’94 we wrote this. But it’s possible. I really don’t [know]. I don’t want to tell you yes or no.”
According to the Oslo accords’ the primary aim was “to establish a Palestinian Interim Self-Government Authority… for the Palestinian people in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, for a transitional period not exceeding five years, leading to a permanent settlement.”