Israeli and Palestinian women participate in a march organized by the "Women Wage Peace" organization, near the Dead Sea, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017. Thousands of women are wrapping up the march around the region, demanding that their leaders act to achieve a peace agreement. "The group says the two-week march sends a message to their leaders to work toward a negotiated solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and to make sure women have equal representation in any talks.
Trump and Netanyahu on Wednesday each expressed great affection for the other's administration and pledged deep security and political cooperation in the years ahead, marking a departure from tense U.S.-Israeli relations under the Obama administration, which culminated in a U.S. abstention on a U.N. Security Council resolution in December condemning Israel's settlement activities. Netanyahu described the resolution at the time as "hostile and imbalanced."
In September 1993, on the lawn of the White House in Washington, an agreement was signed to bring about peace between Israel and the Palestinians. In the months leading up to the historic handshake between Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, Norway had been instrumental in the negotiations. Mona Juul, Norway's Ambassador to the UK, spoke to the BBC World Service's Witness programme about being part of the team that planned and orchestrated the secret meetings that culminated in the signing of the Oslo Accords. Witness: The stories of our times told by the people who were there.