Oslo II Agreement

Agreement that established the second phase of Israel’s redeployment from the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip. Formally called the Interim Agreement on the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, or colloquially the Taba Agreement, Oslo II was signed in the Egyptian city of Taba between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) on September 28, 1995. Israel was to withdraw from 6 Palestinian cities and some 400 villages in 1996, putting Areas A and B under Palestinian Authority autonomy, and Area C under complete Israeli control. Further redeployments in 3 stages were to take place every 6 months, to be finalized 18 months after the inauguration of a Palestinian council. The agreement detailed the holding of elections and the creation of the Palestinian police. It also stipulated that a safe passageway would be created between the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and described the handling of international crossings. Several joint committees were created for coordination, effectively ensuring that decisions on key issues such as water resources, economic relations, and security were subject to Israeli veto. Finally, it required the PLO’s Palestinian National Council (PNC) to meet and revise the PLO covenant in order to recognize Israel. The agreement was over 300 pages with attached annexes and maps.

See also Oslo Accords, Gaza-Jericho Agreement, Oslo I Agreement, Hebron Protocol, Wye River Memorandum, Sharm El Sheikh Memorandum, Palestinian Authority, Area A, Area B, Area C, Second Intifada, Palestine Liberation Organization, Palestinian National Council (PNC).