The Prime Minister's Report
Volume 2, Number 25
September 11, 1998

(communicated by the Israel Government Press Office)

PART ONE: In 5 Years Since Oslo, More Israelis Have Been Killed by Palestinian Terrorists than in the 15 Years Prior to the Accord Death Toll Since Oslo is 50% Greater than During the Intifada

More Israelis have been killed by Palestinian terrorists in the 5 years since the first Oslo agreement was signed in September 1993 than in the 15 preceding years, the Israel Government Press Office (GPO) announced today.

A total of 279 men, women and children have been killed in 92 lethal attacks by Palestinian terrorists since the signing of the Oslo Accords. This does not include victims of attacks launched by Lebanese-based terror organizations or incidents along Israel's borders.

As Figure 1 below indicates, the number of people killed by Palestinian terrorists in the 5 years since Oslo (279) is larger than the number killed in the 15 years which preceded the agreement (254).

Table 1: Fatalities in Palestinian Terror Attacks Since 1978

Year # of Israelis killed in terror attacks
1978 12
1979 14
1980 10
1981 5
1982 2
1983 6
1984 7
1985 14
1986 7
1987 5
1988 14
1989 32
1990 23
1991 26
1992 39
1993 (thru Sep.9) 38

15 years before Oslo: 254

Year # of Israelis killed in terror attacks
1993 (post Sep.9) 24
1994 73
1995 52
1996 92
1997 29
1998 7

5 years since Oslo: 256

Table 1 below presents comparative data concerning the number killed by Palestinian terrorists during the six years of the intifada and the five-year period since the Oslo accord.

Table 1: Comparison of Oslo and the Intifada

Time Period Number killed in Palestinian terror attacks
6 years of Intifada
(Dec. 9, 1987 to Sep. 9, 1993)

172

5 years since Oslo Accord
(Sep. 9, 1993 to the present)

279

As the table demonstrates, the number of people killed by Palestinian terrorists since Oslo (279) is more than 50% greater than the number killed during the six years of the intifada (172).

Note: Figures include Israeli civilians and security personnel, and foreigners killed in Palestinian terrorist attacks in Israel and the territories. They do not include Palestinians killed by other Palestinians on suspicion of cooperating with Israel. The date of September 9, 1993 is used above to mark the beginning of the Oslo process since it was on that date that Chairman Arafat and Prime Minister Rabin exchanged letters in which Arafat renounced terrorism and recognized Israel. These letters were incorporated into the Oslo Accords, which were signed on the White House Lawn four days later.



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