Skip to comments.Papers reveal how Palestinian leaders gave up fight over refugees
Posted on 01/24/2011 1:24:58 PM PST by La Lydia
Palestinian negotiators privately agreed that only 10, 000 refugees and their families out of a total refugee population exceeding 5 million could return to Israel as part of a peace settlement, leaked confidential documents reveal. PLO leaders also accepted Israel's demand to define itself as an explicitly Jewish state, in sharp contrast to their public position. The latest disclosures from thousands of pages of secret Palestinian records of more than a decade of failed peace talks, obtained by al-Jazeera TV... The latest documents to be released reveal:
The-then Israeli foreign minister, Tzipi Livni, repeatedly pressed in 2007-08 for the "transfer" of some of Israel's own Arab citizens into a future Palestinian state as part of a land-swap deal that would exchange Palestinian villages now in Israel for Jewish settlements in the West Bank.
The US secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, and other American officials refused to accept any Palestinian leadership other than that of Mahmoud Abbas and the prime minister, Salam Fayyad....
Condoleezza Rice, secretary of state under George Bush, suggested in 2008 Palestinian refugees could be resettled in South America. "Maybe we will be able to find countries that can contribute in kind," she said. "Chile, Argentina, etc...."
The PLO's chief negotiator, Saeb Erekat, is recorded telling the US Middle East envoy, George Mitchell, in February 2009: "On refugees, the deal is there." ... "Olmert accepted 1,000 refugees annually for the next 10 years."...
On the issue of accepting Israel as an explicitly Jewish state, Erekat privately told Israeli negotiators: "If you want to call your state the Jewish state of Israel you can call it what you want." He told his staff privately that it was a "non-issue"....
(Excerpt) Read more at guardian.co.uk ...
Lol! So true! I don’t really believe these “leaked” documents though. The Palestinians were given better deals than this and turned them down. As this story is being published by the Guardianista’s, they obviously want to make Israel out as the intransigent party.
Alpo might be interested in a continuing supply of Palisimians.
I am sure that was the primary purpose, but I was still amused at the duplicity of the Palestinian “leaders.”
If youd like to be on or off, please FR mail me.
With all the illegal immigration that comes out of South America, Condoleesee argued that it was the least they could do. :-)
Yes, you’re right on that score.
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