Monday, January 24, 2011

#PalestinePapers: Another Myth Bites The Dust ("Everyone Knows What A Final Status Agreement Will Look Like”)

Elliot Abrams, who was actually involved in the negotiations covered by Palileaks, notes that a major assumption in the Mideast peace talks is undercut by the Palestine Papers:
It is often said that “everyone knows what a final status agreement will look like” but these documents powerfully undermine that conclusion; a good example here is the Palestinian refusal to accept that Maale Adumim, a “settlement” with a population just short of 40,000 that is actually a suburb of Jerusalem, will remain part of Israel. It may be true that the range of options is limited, but the negotiators never concluded on agreement and the proposal made by then-prime minister Olmert in 2008 was not accepted
Of course such a simplistic assumption--that “everyone knows what a final status agreement will look like”--is far too necessary to be dislodged so easily. So expect self-proclaimed experts to hold onto this myth with both hands.

But be aware that this is just an invention.

Hat tip: Elder of Ziyon

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