'abbas did not respond or make a counter offer, that speaks volumes.' Read it again. "Giving Abu Mazen the map was conditioned upon signing a comprehensive and final agreement with the Palestinians so it would not be used as an 'opening position'... Ultimately, when Abu Mazen did not give his consent to a final and complete agreement, the map was not given to him." So basically Abbas was shown the Israeli demand, told it was non-negotiable and he had to agree or Olmert would take his ball back. That's not a 'negotiation', that's dictated terms from the people the world believes have stolen the land. There is not a snowball's chance that Abbas could have got PLO approval for the map as it stands. It would have passed leadership on a plate to Hamas. There has to be some flexibility here. Abbas said various maps had passed between them so it may be that Olmert was not able to agree a compromise. (Abbas offered 2.6% and Olmert wanted 6.4% so there HAS to be a half-way house surely?).
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