Rabin, Peres, and Arafat Share 1994 Peace Prize

This news clip (2:14) from the AP Archive covers the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony and some of the aftermath faced by its winners—Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres, and PLO leader Yasser Arafat. The prize was awarded following 1993’s Oslo Accords which granted Palestinians self-rule in the Gaza Strip and parts of the West Bank. The three leaders were recognized for having “made substantial contributions to a historic process through which peace and cooperation can replace war and hate.” But the Nobel committee’s choice was met with mixed reactions from sympathizers of Israel and the PLO alike. The backlash, which was vocal and violent, eventually led to Rabin’s tragic assassination by a right-wing extremist in 1995.

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