With US envoy George Mitchell in the region for the second round of indirect peace talks, the Palestinian Authority has reportedly made a surprisingly bold opening offer, including major new land concessions.
“We are not going to waste Mitchell’s time,” noted Palestine’s top negotiator, Saeb Erekat, “we want Mr. Mitchell to succeed because his success is our freedom.”
Mahmoud Abbas confirmed that the offer was made, but said that no deal had yet been reached and the exact details of the amount of land involved hasn’t been settled.
Everyone seems quite impressed with the Palestinian offer, except for the Netanyahu government which has reacted with skepticism. Officials have reportedly said they believe the Palestinians intentionally made the offer overly generous to underscore that Netanyahu has no intention of reaching any deal with them, regardless of the terms.
Indeed, Netanyahu’s response to the offer so far has been a non-response, and a demand that the Palestinians stop supporting the international boycott against Israel. Still, the gauntlet has been laid down on the peace talks, and the Netanyahu government will likely be under pressure soon to respond, one way or another.
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no peace until every palestinian has declared their undying support for the "jewish state of israel" and has agreed to move to china
oh wait…… LOOK AT IRAN! SCARY! SCARY! quick give us more money
That’s an insane offer, not a generous offer. Israel may not accept it, but you can be sure that it, instead of the 1976 borders, will be treated as the maximum from now on. Abbas … wow … there has surely never been a more shameless quisling. And Israel is right. In the face of such a complete surrender by the Palestinians, who have now given up any ground they may have had to stand on, pretty much literally, why should Israel concede anything?
I should be shocked by this developement, but of course I’m not. It’s been obvious for a long time now that the ‘peace’ outcome was going to be nothing but legitimized apartheid. This isn’t a state by state solution. It’s a fiction of statehood used to legitimize apartheid. And now even Carter won’t have the honesty and integrity to call it what it is.
I'm sorry which did the Israeli government do?
"Netanyahu government which has reacted with skepticism."
"Netanyahu’s response to the offer so far has been a non-response"
Schizoanalysis provides the obvious answer.
The handwriting is on the wall.
Since you aren't to bright I'll explain. Netanyahu hasn't responded. People who work in Netanyahu's government have…got it?
It is not clear from ths article what large concessions were made, how they would be implemented , and what would happen if oher groups in the Arab world didn’t agree
One State, Palestine, is the only acceptable solution.
How can Mr. Abbas and Mr. Erekat legitimately negotiate for the Palestinian people, they lost the election in Gaza and their term expired in the West Bank. They have refused to hold new elections and by their behavior they have been nothing short of a heavy-handed police force for the Israelis. Right at this minute, they are urging European governments and Arab states to block the naval convoy that hopes to break the illegal, criminal blockade of Gaza. When the Israelis poisoned Mr. Arafat, they and the US Government finally secured what they wanted perfect maleable stooges, who would sell out their people for trinkets.
Abbas "government" has no legitimacy. Having lost the election in Gaza, and their own term expiring in West Bank, what is his status now? And how on earth this "international community" can punish the elected government in Gaza, and treat the dictator in West Bank as a "partner"…
However, in a recent speech, Zbignew Brzezinski has opined that the biggest problem the governments are facing is the "awakened political awareness of pupulace" . He believes that never in the history of mankind did the population world-wide become politcally "awakened", and that spells all sorts of trouble. As nobody is buying this Middle East "problem" as served, it is becoming harder and harder to sell fog of different color. Yes, a problem indeed.
Abbas is wasting his time.
The only negotiation Israel understands is rockets.
Israel needs to go.
Robert lets start with the Israelis in the Whitehouse, the Israelis on Capitol Hill, the Israelis in the Judiciary, the Israelis that are part of the Military Industrial Complex, the Israelis on the Federal Reserve, the Israelis at Goldman Sachs, the Israelis who own Major Media, and the Israelis claim to work for America but do not. In summary, lets start with the Israelis that are destroying America for the benefit of the racist, criminal, segragated, twisted thugocracy known as Israel.
Lets eliminate the parasites that are eviscerating everything that is good about the US.
JFK, RFK, The USS Liberty, the Berlin Disco, 911……….Lets stop this cancer before it stops us.
poor innocent americans always being taken advantage by those israelis
The American Establishment is populated by fools, prostitutes and traitors. Five pieces of silver has been enough for most to sell out their family, neighbors and country. Yet the real villains are the dual-citizen parasites, whose only allegiance is to a criminal ideology. The American people, an many others throughout the world, are finally waking up to the utter depravity of these monsters. Because the crimes are now so blantant, the arrogance is so uncontrolled and the greed is so far-reaching, even the most effective paid lackeys, prostitutes and traitors cannot hide, excuse, or redirect the lies. Vengence will be swift. Vengence will be complete. Vengence will be purifying. Choose your side carefully.
and each one elected
i think i will continue not to take sides and think vengeance is never "purifying"
What about the duel citizen israelis working here at antiwar.com? dont forget about these dis info agents.
They tell everyone that 19 arabs carried out 911
I like you Richard Braverman . keep up the good work telling the truth about these baby raping israelis
do you idiots here check to see if what you post is true or just put up crap all the time that has no truth at all.
The Palestinians didn't offer all that land, even after they come out and say it's a lie, antiwar still leaves it up here. They just post bullshit stories that they pick up OR make up.
Dont forget to donate your hard earned money to these lousy duel citizen israelis who run this site. They and all the CIA agents working here will just to take your money to build a new settlement in Gaza
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Why should we expect Netanyahu to react positivly to the Palestinian offer if he can, with little presure on the Palestinians,get a far reaching one, meaning; total Palestinian expulsion from Palestine.So why the rush??.The history of Western mediation has never let the Israeli expectations down.
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