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Israel and the Palestinian territories

Last Updated: Friday August 21 2009 08:54 GMT

Have the Israelis and Palestinians talked about peace?

Bill Clinton (centre) standing between Palestine Liberation Organization leader Yasser Arafat (right) as he shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin after signing the peace deal in 1993.

Yes, many times.

In 1993, the two sides signed a historic agreement known as the Oslo Accords, with American President Bill Clinton. They agreed to a peace deal based on the idea of 'land for peace'.

The two sides met many times in the 1990s and did make some progress, but those talks ended when more violence broke out in 2000.

The Israeli Prime Minister and Palestinian President met regularly throughout 2008, but those talks ended when the fighting in Gaza began.