Secret papers reveal slow death of Middle East peace process

Posted: January 24, 2011 in Uncategorized

All,

Here is more detail on the leaked documents showing the Palestinian negotiating position with Israel that you have doubtless heard about by now.

What they show clearly is that Israel has no interest whatever in peace.  When you think about it, why should they?  There is no terrorism to speak of anymore, so security is no longer a political issue, and Israel is getting everything it wants without peace.  So why should they make concessions?  It wouldn’t be in their interest.

But if the Palestinians were smart, they wouldn’t be suing for peace either.  They should simply bide their time, engaging in pro-forma negotiations, while conceding nothing and signing nothing.  That is because Israel will eventually collapse of its own long – and growing – list of internal contradictions, which makes unsustainable the political course on which it is engaged and to which it is increasingly committed.  So when it collapses – which it will within the next 20 years, according to an assessment by the CIA, all of Israel will be theirs for the taking, while El Al puts on additional flights to carry away all the Jews who are emigrating and abandoning the failed Zionist state.

Scott

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Secret papers reveal slow death of Middle East peace process

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jan/23/palestine-papers-expose-peace-concession

The biggest leak of confidential documents in the history of the Middle East conflict has revealed that Palestinian negotiators secretly agreed to accept Israel’s annexation of all but one of the settlements built illegally in occupied East Jerusalem. This unprecedented proposal was one of a string of concessions that will cause shockwaves among Palestinians and in the wider Arab world.

A cache of thousands of pages of confidential Palestinian records covering more than a decade of negotiations with Israel and the US has been obtained by al-Jazeera TV and shared exclusively with the Guardian. The papers provide an extraordinary and vivid insight into the disintegration of the 20-year peace process, which is now regarded as all but dead.

The documents – many of which will be published by the Guardian over the coming days – also reveal:

• The scale of confidential concessions offered by Palestinian negotiators, including on the highly sensitive issue of the right of return of Palestinian refugees.

• How Israeli leaders privately asked for some Arab citizens to be transferred to a new Palestinian state.

• The intimate level of covert co-operation between Israeli security forces and the Palestinian Authority.

• The central role of British intelligence in drawing up a secret plan to crush Hamas in the Palestinian territories.

• How Palestinian Authority (PA) leaders were privately tipped off about Israel’s 2008-9 war in Gaza.

As well as the annexation of all East Jerusalem settlements except Har Homa, the Palestine papers show PLO leaders privately suggested swapping part of the flashpoint East Jerusalem Arab neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah for land elsewhere.

Most controversially, they also proposed a joint committee to take over the Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount holy sites in Jerusalem’s Old City – the neuralgic issue that helped sink the Camp David talks in 2000 after Yasser Arafat refused to concede sovereignty around the Dome of the Rock and al-Aqsa mosques…

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