Posted: February 9, 2011 in Uncategorized
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    Two decades of secret Israeli-Palestinian accords leaked to media worldwide

    Al-Jazeera TV begins leaking 1,600 secret documents: PA agreed to concede almost all of East Jerusalem to Israel, accept Israeli demand to recognize Israel as a Jewish state.

    “Al-Jazeera TV and The Guardian revealed Sunday the details of 1,600 confidential documents on negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians over the last two decades.

    The documents leaked so far mostly reveal secret concessions offered by Palestinian negotiators on the issues of the right of return of Palestinian refugees, territorial concessions, and the recognition of Israel.

    According to Al-Jazeera, Palestinian negotiators secretly agreed to concede almost all of East Jerusalem to Israel.

    The Palestinian Authority reportedly offered in 2008 that Israel take control of all neighborhoods in Jerusalem except Har Homa, the first time in history the Palestinians made such a proposal, one that they refused to during the Camp David summit.

    Saeb Erekat, the chief Palestinian negotiator, also proposed in an October 2009 meeting that Jerusalem’s Old City be divided, giving Israel control over the Jewish Quarter, part of the American Quarter, and part of the neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah.

    Further details reveal that the Palestinian agreed that solely10,000 Palestinian refugees return to Israel as part of the Palestinian right of return, and that Erekat agreed to the Israeli demand that Israel be recognized as a Jewish state.

    Among other documents due to be released is an Israeli offer to transfer Israeli Arabs citizens to the territory of a future Palestinian state.

    Moreover, Al-Jazeera revealed that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas was personally notified by a senior Israeli official that Israel was planning an attack on the Gaza Strip, the night before Operation Cast Lead. Israeli and Palestinian officials reportedly discussed targeted assassinations of Hamas and Islamic Jihad activists in Gaza.

    Al-Jazeera reported that it plans to dedicate one day for every issue detailed in the thousands of pages of documents, which are regarded as the largest leak in the history of the Middle East conflict.

    The documents already released on the Al-Jazeera website can be seen as official documents with Palestinian Authority stamps and signatures of several PA senior officials, in particular Saeb Erekat. ”


    Introducing The Palestine Papers
    Al Jazeera has obtained more than 1,600 internal documents from a decade of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.

    “Al Jazeera will release the documents between January 23-26th, 2011. They will reveal new details about:

    * the Palestinian Authority’s willingness to concede illegal Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem, and to be “creative” about the status of the Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount;
    * the compromises the Palestinian Authority was prepared to make on refugees and the right of return;
    * details of the PA’s security cooperation with Israel;
    * and private exchanges between Palestinian and American negotiators in late 2009, when the Goldstone Report was being discussed at the United Nations.

    Because of the sensitive nature of these documents, Al Jazeera will not reveal the source(s) or detail how they came into our possession. We have taken great care over an extended period of time to assure ourselves of their authenticity.”


    more on Israel:

    more on Gaza:

    about 2 weeks ago · Report

  • “The biggest Yerushalayim”
    PA offered to concede almost all of East Jerusalem, an historic concession for which Israel offered nothing in return.

    about 2 weeks ago · Report

  • Bump

    about 2 weeks ago · Report

  • Erekat’s solution for the Haram
    The PA’s chief negotiator suggested unprecedented compromises on the division of Jerusalem and its holy sites.

    about 2 weeks ago · Report

  • I’m getting sick of this whole Middle East, religious conflict. Both sides need to grow up and admit the truth about religions and stop sacrificing innocent people for their petty gains.

    about 2 weeks ago · Report

  • The “napkin map” revealed
    The Palestine Papers include a rendering of the Israeli land swap map presented in mid-2008 to Mahmoud Abbas.

    “The Palestinian Authority proposed an unprecedented land swap to the Israeli government, offering to annex virtually all of the illegal Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem.

    Not only did the Israeli government offer no concessions in return, but – as The Palestine Papers now reveal – it responded with an even more aggressive land swap: Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert wanted to annex more than 10% of the West Bank (including the major settlements in Ma’ale Adumim, Ariel and elsewhere), in exchange for sparsely-populated farmland along the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.

    The Israeli offer is documented in a Palestinian rendition of what’s colloquially called “the napkin map,” a rendering of which is revealed for the first time in The Palestine Papers.

    Olmert met in mid-2008 with Mahmoud Abbas and showed him a map of the proposed swaps. Abbas was not allowed to keep a copy of the map, and so the 73-year-old Palestinian president had to sketch a copy by hand on a napkin.”

    The Palestinian rendition:

    about 2 weeks ago · Report

  • Are u a robot?

    about 2 weeks ago · Report

  • FAQ: The Palestine Papers

    “What are the Palestine Papers?

    The Palestine Papers are the largest leak of confidential files in the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a cache of more than 1,600 documents encompassing the most recent decade of negotiations between the Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority. They are an unprecedented window into Israeli, PA, US, European, and Arab relations and reveal a wealth of information about how the parties negotiate behind closed doors.

    Taken in total, the Palestine Papers instigate a broader conversation on such issues as whether a two state endgame is achievable and desirable and whether international and US-led processes to reach that goal have only deepened Israeli occupation.

    There are 1,684 total documents, including

    * 275 sets of meeting minutes;
    * 690 internal e-mails;
    * 153 reports and studies;
    * 134 sets of talking points and prep notes for meetings;
    * 64 draft agreements;
    * 54 maps, charts and graphs;
    * and 51 “non-papers.”

    Why are most of these documents in English?

    Because Israeli and Palestinian negotiators almost always conduct their meetings in English, not Arabic or Hebrew. The delegations occasionally talk amongst themselves in those languages – you’ll find such exchanges noted in the minutes – but the actual negotiations, and any documents reflecting their agreements, are in English.
    The PDF versions of these documents say they were created in 2011. How do you explain that?

    In order to protect the integrity of The Palestine Papers, Al Jazeera created fresh PDF copies of each document. They are exact duplicates of the originals, except where personal contact information was redacted (see below).
    Why are certain documents redacted?

    We have redacted personal contact information – e-mail addresses, mobile phone numbers, etc. – found in some of these documents.
    Why are certain documents available only in PDF?

    The formatting of some documents meant that we were unable to automatically import their text into our database. Instead, we’ve provided a summary of the document, and posted PDF versions for download. For those reasons, some documents in the database are not be keyword searchable and require manual examination.”

    about 2 weeks ago · Report


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