Sunday, January 23, 2011

Why the Offer of the "The biggest Yerushalayim" Didn't Fly

Here are some Palestine Papers that have just come to light on negotiations that took place as much as two and one half years ago. What happened?

Remember the big fuss about half a year ago about Israel starting to build 1600 units in Ramat Shlom?  Well, it turns out that the Palestinians had granted that to Israel in talks two years earlier.  According to the Palestine Papers, the P.A. even offered Israel control of the Jewish Quarter and part of the Armenian Quarter in Jerusalem's Old City.  (The Temple Mount was not under discussion.)  No apparent further concessions were being requested of Israel except recognition of a Palestinian State in Gaza and the West Bank.  (P.A. will not allow Israel to annex certain Israeli settlements deep in the West Bank.  Israel, on its part, won't settle without those.)

It's all about some of those settlements in the West Bank -- Israel won't dismantle them and Palestinians don't want the Jewish settlements in what would be their new "state".  The third solution -- leaving them as Jewish settlements in the Arab Palestinian just won't fly with all members of both sides.   When Condoleezza Rice had heard that back then, she remarked to the Palestinians, "then you won't have a state!" and she may well be right.   Soon I'll publish another blog on why she may be right.

Here are the details on this part of the story.  . . .

"The biggest Yerushalayim" - The Palestine Papers - Al Jazeera English

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