Why did Arafat choose not to continue negotiating and turn to violence instead?Let us review what it is that the Palestinians actually got from Barak over two years:
+ A closure was imposed on the Territories as a form of collective punishment;
+ People who were involved in the peace process were not allowed to move freely;
+ Public figures were humiliated at road blocks;
+ Unemployment was rampant;
+ Water supply was scarce, especially when compared to the unlimited supply at the
+ Palestinian homes were destroyed while the settlers built more and more houses;
+ and prisoners who were sentenced for things they had done before the signing of
Oslo Accords were not released.
Barak was forced to tiptoe between the coalition and the opposition and eventually did not give the Palestinians what they were supposed to receive. Under these circumstances, the Palestinians claimed, they had nothing left to lose. The Al Aqsa Intifada caught Arafat by surprise too, and he continued negotiating until the Taba Summit in January 2001, in which both sides offered to make concessions. At the end of this summit, both sides announced that they intended to keep the talks going in the aim of signing a peace agreement.