8 Handshakes That Changed History

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Yitzhak Rabin - Yasser Arafat

September 13th, 1993

Pictured here in Washington, D.C., Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat shook hands to signify their agreement on a Declaration of Principles, resulting from the Oslo Peace Accords, that would mandate Israel's removal of its troops from the Gaza Strip and West Bank territories. Not long afterwards, Arafat's exile was lifted and he returned to Palestine.

Arafat and Rabin, along with Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres, were later awarded the Nobel peace prize for their efforts in the negotiations. Slightly more than a year later, Rabin would be assassinated by an extremist who had founded an illegal Jewish settlement on the West Bank.


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