TERJE RØD-LARSEN: It is quite true. It is not something I find on the. I sit there in his office, in Tel Aviv, right before him, and before any of us have ever said anything, it goes up for me: time is not even twelve, and he is full.
MARIANNE HEIBERG: Give you!
JOHAN JØRGEN HOLST: He overdo it. Bob always put on a little extra.
LARSEN: Johan Jørgen, it was as far as I could understand what he said. And it smelt whisky of the spirit is his.
MARIANNE: you say that Yitzhak Rabin is alkoholikar?
LARSEN: Delete not. Only that he drink. Hard.
SO IS ÅPNINGSREPLIKKENE in the theater piece "Oslo" which has its premiere at The Norwegian Theater on Friday, an award-winning production about the Oslo agreement which, after success in New York and in London have found their way to Norway. Present is Terje Red-Larsen and his wife Mona Juul, a Norwegian foreign minister Johan Jorgen Holst and his wife, Marianne Heiberg.
the Session reminds me of an episode of the Grand Hotel in Oslo on the evening of 10. December 1994. Israel's prime minister Yitzhak Rabin, foreign minister Shimon Pharez and PLO leader Yassir Arafat has earlier the same day, received the Nobel peace Prize for having chosen the road to peace through the now so famous and oil the Oslo accords. Rabin has promised a group of Norwegian journalists an interview, and the clock begins to approach midnight. Nothing happens, before an English messenger come down to us in the hotel lobby.
-Rabin is indisponert. There is no interview.
We knew very well that the israeli prime minister had a drinking problem caused, but the good oppdratte pressegruppa we were, we were shut up. Not a word about the indisponerte the prime minister, neither in Norwegian newspapers, radio or tv. Social media was not the time. Had it been the case, would not, perhaps, nobel laureate have released so cheap away.
THE AMERICAN SKUESPILLFORFATTEREN J. P. Rogers has written a play about the secret middle East negotiations at Borregaard between palestinian and israeli negotiators in the winter and in the spring of 1993, with the married couple, Mona Juul and Terje Rød-Larsen as facilitators and intermediaries.
Rogers got the idea for the "Oslo" after a meeting with the Red-Larsen in 2012. Later he met the protagonists several times, at the same time that he otherwise did thorough research.
As he says 'myself', is the historical events true, but he has taken "dramatic liberties". "Oslo" is the story of the secret negotiations, about characters, about themes, about the drama and about how this could have been going on. For Rogers was not a fly on the wall, neither of Borregaard, in PLO, the headquarters in Tunisia, in Israel, in the west bank or in Norway.
As the american copywriter cultivates Rogers the great heroes, in this case the married couple, Mona Juul and Terje Rød-Larsen. She as the ministry of foreign AFFAIRS-a diplomat, he as the manager of the research foundation Fafo.
But Rogers cultivates not only the heroes, he continues the myth of the Oslo agreement that "almost" brought peace between the israelis and the palestinians. Today we know how wrong it went, and even though the agreement was obtained by the action of time and mistakes from all parties involved, was the prinsipperklæringen as it was, questionable right from the start, something many midtøstenkjennere pointed out. All major disputes were among other things exposed, which meant that the undersigned – as the killjoy I am – called it a swiss cheese full of holes.
HOW THEN HAS the AUTHOR SUCCEEDED with their version of what happened on those dramatic weeks when we journalists – and everyone else - had no idea that it was going on top-secret negotiations in our country? So top-secret that a leak could have caused both the Norwegian and the israeli government's case. It was in any case a police officer on the then-Fornebu airport, information about.
If we reporters that the time covered the middle East was held outside of everything that happened before the Oslo agreement was announced in august 1993, we came close enough to the main characters in the weeks, months and years after – both good and bad.
Let it be clear immediately: the Relationship between the israelis and the palestinians were nearly as equal as it is portrayed in this show. It was the israelis who mostly had the bay and both ends, and the palestinians had to eventually give the most.
And in retrospect, there have been known that Israel had good help from Norway. Middle east researcher Hilde Henriksen Waage beat in his research report about the Oslo agreement in 2004 that the Norwegian managers with foreign minister Johan Jørgen Holst in the lead mostly served as løpegutter for Israel.
JOHAN JØRGEN HOLST is in the play portrayed as a tough commander of the Norwegian managers, and he becomes enraged every time things don't go quite the way he will. His role as kontrollfreak and initiator, however, is little studied.
This was the secretary Holsts large international project – that he should control yourself. Neither during the process or later he took contact with the Ministry of foreign skilled israeleksperter and arabister. Leading midtøstendiplomat Hans Wilhelm Longva was until his death in 2013 never been asked for advice or input in connection with the Oslo agreement. It was he who opened the communication channel to Yassir Arafat and the PLO in the 1970s.
One that is completely forgotten, is Holsts predecessor, Thorvald Stoltenberg. It was he who gave the go-ahead to start the Oslo process, and it was he who held the reins until He took over. But J. P. Rogers is not alone in having omitted Stoltenberg. Thorvald got in place its fame as fredsmekler in the Balkans.
Terje Rød-Larsen, as it arbeidsjernet he is, ongoing, idérik, persuasive, at times arrogant, and to some extent manipulative. He pulls the strings, he plays high and seems to often as the Boss.
But the boss is Norway's minister of foreign affairs. And Red-Larsen is not the man who admits error. In an interview in the program to play, he says:
It has been a paradox in my life, that the more friends I have synst that the tasks and challenges have been, the easier it has been to implement them.
MONA JUUL IS TEATERSTYKKETS NARRATION and has a slightly more prominent role than was the case. The person who comes only fleeting, she looked like would have been a direct part of the process, the researcher Marianne Heiberg, Johan Jørgens Holsts wife,
The one who is being treated unfairly, Tor Bjørnevog from the Police Security service, PST. He was close to the negotiations at Borregaard and a stalwart monument when something should be arranged. To present him as cannon full during a late night celebration of a preliminary agreement, is very wrong.
all in All, this shows the piece how hard this job really was and what that required of the physical and political endurance. And Rogers hit well in one of sluttreplikkene – located close to us in time:
LARSEN: Without Oslo it would not have been any peace between Israel and Jordan. The israeli especially would not have been pulled back from Lebanon. Or from Gaza. Or –
MONA: Terje! I try. But even now the toil I with it. To know about what we did and how we did it – was right.