As Mideast Peace Process Lags, Science Endures

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Science  06 Mar 1998:
Vol. 279, Issue 5356, pp. 1447-1448
DOI: 10.1126/science.279.5356.1447

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In the 5 years since Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization forged the famous peace accords in Oslo, Norway, a series of research efforts among Palestine, Israel, and Germany has been launched. By infusing money for labs and training at woefully underfunded Palestinian research institutions, these projects, totaling about $10 million in 1998, are providing crucial sustenance for science in Arab Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza, researchers say. The mostly applied-science collaborations are also meant to help promote peace between Arabs and Jews--although the stalled peace talks have prevented such joint efforts from truly blossoming.