Peace in the Middle East: Unique Relic of the Oslo Accords for Sale for First Time

Signed at the White House ceremony itself, the only such document signed by all the major leaders and signatories to the agreement, including Clinton, Arafat, Rabin, Peres, and Abbas

Never before offered for sale, acquired from the archives of a primary participant, and on display at The Raab Collection, April 29-May 3


The Raab Collection today announced that it has acquired and will offer for sale a remarkable historical relic from the signing of the Oslo Peace Accords: a document from the White House signing of the Oslo Accords, held September 13, 1993, featuring the signatures of all the primary signers and leaders in the landmark Arab-Israeli peace agreement, the only such document our research has found having been offered for sale. It is signed by: U.S. President Bill Clinton, Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) Chairman Yasser Arafat, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzak Rabin, U.S. Secretary of State Warren Christopher, Israeli President Shimon Peres, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, and Russian Foreign Minister Andrei Kozyrev.

This unique document was acquired from the archives of one of the important participants at the event and has never before been offered for sale. It will go on exhibit and for sale for the first time on April 29, valued at $35,000. 

Oslo Accords on display at The Raab Collection

The Signing of the Oslo Accords

In 1991, recent political changes in the Middle East indicated that a lasting peace in the region might be achieved. Together with the Soviet Union, the U.S. co-sponsored the Madrid Conference, bringing together world leaders and representatives to begin the process, though it ultimately stalled. Two years later, however, backchannel negotiations between Israel and the PLO led to a series of meetings near Oslo, Norway, that resulted in a Declaration of Principles on Interim Self-Government Arrangements, now known as the Oslo Accords. 

“It is time to put an end to decades of confrontation and conflict.”

One month later, President Clinton hosted a formal signing ceremony at the White House, where a famous photo was taken of Rabin and Arafat shaking hands.

Bill Clinton, Yitzak Rabin, and Yasser Arafat
Credit: White House Photograph Office

At the White House ceremony, one organizing participant asked the present leaders to sign a program–bringing together Americans, Jews, Palestinians, and Russians on paper, as in real life, and creating a one-of-a-kind memento.    

The Oslo Accords were a milestone in Israeli-Palestinian relations, aimed at propelling the peace process forward. While sustainable peace between the two groups ultimately failed, this remarkable document captures the hopeful spirit of the day.

The Signers

  • U.S. President Bill Clinton
  • PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat
  • Israeli Prime Minister Yitzak Rabin
  • U.S. Secretary of State Warren Christopher
  • Israeli President Shimon Peres
  • Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas
  • Russian Foreign Minister Andrei Kozyrev

To learn more about this exciting discovery, Nathan Raab, president of The Raab Collection and author of The Hunt for History, is available for interviews. The signed program will be on display at The Raab Collection from April 29-May 3. Appointments for viewings are necessary; please email or call to schedule. 

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