Otiose. When Arafat confirmed for the PLO that the articles in their Covenant 'which deny Israel`s right to exist... are now inoperative', that meant THEY NO LONGER APPLY. It's a very simple issue really. The PLO charter called for the end of Israel. Likud's charter calls for the seizure and populating of the West Bank by Jews, therefore for the end of Palestine. Arafat agreed 16 years ago to drop the Pal claim. However, Likud and its far-right allies have NEVER agreed to drop the Israeli claim. Why should the PLO, having made an historic step to peace, change their charter, when the Israeli governing right is still committed to its aggressive charter? Both sides should jump in the water at the same time, surely? If the Pals are ready to change their charter, what's stopping the expansionist Jews doing likewise? This is the core question that sdhd and chums continually evade and skate around.
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from the article: Netanyahu: Change in the air over Israel-Palestinian peace talks