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The indignity of being colonial losers in Palestine

Sigh:

Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat has dismissed the documents released by Al Jazeera that show private offers by PA officials to Israelis on contested issues than previously revealed as “a bunch of lies”.

In an appearance on Al Jazeera shortly after the documents were released on Sunday, Erakat said the Palestinian leadership had “nothing to hide” and dismissed most of the report as lies.

He said that the information shown contained mistakes and inaccuracies and that his words were taken out of context and he was misquoted.

“I have always said that east Jerusalem is part of Palestine.

“No body has given up anything, I have shown Jerusalem Map on Al Jazeera a year ago. The land exchange principle was discussed before,” Erakat said.

He said that all documents were shared in advance with the Arab league and several Arab countries, including Egypt, Jordan, and Qatar.

“We have not gone back on our position. If we had given ground on the refugees and made such concessions, why hasn’t Israel agreed to sign a peace accord?” he asked.

Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, told Egyptian newspapers editors in Cairo that he kept the Arab League updated on all details of the negotiations with Israel, according to the Palestinian news agency Wafa.

“I don’t know from where al Jazeera came with secret things.

“There is nothing we hide from our brothers, the Arabs,” Abbas said.

The chief Palestinian negotiator in the 2008 talks, Ahmed Qureia, told The Associated Press that “many parts of the documents were fabricated, as part of the incitement against the Palestinian Authority and the Palestinian leadership.”

Mahmoud al-Zahar, a senior Hamas offcial in Gaza told Al Jazeera that the Palestinian authority officials should be ashamed of themselves.

5 comments ↪
  • Daniel

    It is typical of extremists to attempt to shame (if not kill) those who make concessions in  negotiations for the sake of peace. Antony, you ought to be ashamed of yourself for joining in with the mockery of the moderates, instead of praising their courage. It seems to me you would prefer a violent confrontation than a peaceful resolution.

  • vaa

    Daniel

    This has to be the most ignorant comment i've seen on the subject so far.

    Tell us please ,what did those lackeys MODERATES get in return for their courageous illogical  concessions ?

    More Ethnic cleansing , more land theft , more oppression

    Palestinians knew all along that Israel has never had, will never have any intention of peace as long as it stands. Peace is an illusion. It will never happen so long as Zionism persists in the Israelis’ psyche.But at least were done with the hasbara " No one to negotiate with"

  • Daniel

    Ignorant, really? And did you actually look closely into who offered what, or just going off the Guardian editorial like everyone else?

    As far as I'm concerned the PA's reputation is enhanced. There is not going to be any peace without compromises from both sides. And yes I agree the Israelis came off looking worse here and will be under increased pressure to enter serious negotiations.

    But as for the territorial issues (not the most important in my opinion but no doubt the ones you extremists like to seize on) :

    "The Palestinian maps show that for every West Bank territory annexed to Israel, land is given to the Palestinians in compensation."
    http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/palesti
    One of the bigger stumbling blocks is that Israel wanted certain Arab towns to become part of Palestinian territory, whereas the residents insist on remaining Israeli. Seems a little ironic, until you realize that territory may not be as important as is made out. Its possible that most Palestinians just want to get on with their lives, are more interested in jobs, education, welfare, democratic rights, security, freedom. A shame that these things aren't given more prominence in negotiations – rather than who lived where, how many years ago.

    Do they really dream of returning to some ancestral farm to herd goats, or would they prefer to live in an apartment in a bustling, cosmopolitan city, with a job in a technology company? About time someone asked these questions, the conflict may not be as intractable as it seems, if their aspirations are compatible.

     

  • Andrew

    Daniel,

    It is Hamas, who are actually the elected government of the Palestinians the last time I looked, who comes out of this sad farce with their reputation enhanced, not the PA. Hamas have bravely held the line and refused to be co opted by Israel. We may not like everything they do, but one must admire their integrity. Things will get interesting if the Egyptians take Tunisia's lead and overthrow dictatorship they live under. With a bit of luck the border to Gaza will open to Egypt and life will get a bit easier for the Gazans, while putting Israel on the back foot. Israel has long relied on the support of the torturers in Egypt, with generous US financial assistance of course, it would be nice to see this nasty little arrangement terminated.

  • Daniel

    Andrew, I would LOL if it wasn't so serious.

    Hamas have never compromised with anyone because they are extremists -they want to destroy Israel, nothing less. If you admire them for not backing down, you probably also admire the Nazi SS for being steadfast in their devotion to a similar cause, and there's not much else I have to discuss with you.