When Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat shook hands in September 1993, peace seemed within reach. The conciliatory gesture at the White House was meant to seal an accord between the Israeli Prime Minister and the Palestinian leader.
Earlier, Arafat and Rabin had both accepted a declaration of principles known as the Oslo Accord. In it, they committed themselves to resolving the conflict in the Middle East together. The top-secret negotiations that led to the agreement were held in Norway. The one-time archenemies were united in their belief that the bloodshed finally had to stop.
This documentary tells the story of those who tried to make peace back then. It examines the 1995 negotiations for Oslo II, the interim accord pertaining to the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Filmmakers Mor Loushy and Daniel Sivan have given their work the pace of a political thriller. The story features participants’ personal accounts and exclusive new file footage. “The Oslo Diaries” was screened at the Sundance Film Festival in 2018 and went on to be nominated for an an Emmy in the “Outstanding Historical Documentary” in the following year.
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