M996.10.757 | And save the last dance for me...
And save the last dance for me...
1993, 20th century
Graphite on paper
43 x 35.5 cm
Gift of M. Serge Chapleau
© McCord Museum
Keywords: Cartoon (19139) , Drawing (18637) , drawing (18379) , figure (1849) , International (540) , International conflicts (608) , International stakes (660) , Israel (8) , Leaders (428) , male (1608) , Middle East (61) , pair (195) , Palestine (4) , Peace Accord (1) , Peace process (138) , Politicians (860) , politics (10928) , Politics (1624) , Yasser Arafat (6) , Yitzhak Rabin (2)
Keys to History
Too good to be true? This portrayal of the negotiations between Yasser Arafat and Yitzhak Rabin as a form of cheek-to-cheek dance makes an unusual contrast with the bitter rivalry that opposes Palestinians and Israelis. The soldiers in the background with their weapons at the ready serve as a reminder of the enduring distrust between the two parties.
Though many points of disagreement remained and there were still plenty of sceptics, the discussions between Israel and the Palestinians that resulted in the Oslo accords opened the door to the possibility of peace in the Middle East.
Several negotiating sessions between Israelis and Palestinians were held in Oslo, Norway.
A declaration of principles, the outcome of the negotiations, was signed on September 13, 1993.
Yasser Arafat was the leader of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) from 1969 to 2004. Yitzhak Rabin was prime minister of Israel from 1974 to 1977 and again from 1992 to 1995. The two men were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1994.