I remember how Yasir Arafat was duped into coming to Camp David in 2000 on the basis of solemn promises by Bill Clinton that if the negotiations would fail he would not be blamed. Arafat was - just like Abbas now - unconvinced that the negotiations would produce any breakthrough. And he was right. Barak proposed to make Abu Dis, a suburb of East Jerusalem, the capital of Palestine. The big Israeli colonies were left untouched. In short what was offered were Bantustans just like in Apartheid South Afica. Arafat rightly refused to go along with this sham and neither Barak wanted to make a courageous commitment. But I remember it was Arafat, who in the end got blamed by Bill Clinton for the failure of Camp David This time with Nethanyahu it is even worse. Netanuyahi has nothing to offer, so he should not be given the opportunity to masquerade as a peace maker. If Netanyahu is serious, let him first extend the moratorium on colony building, then move in the army to take away first all of the illegally illegal 'outposts' and then tackle the bigger colonies. Indeed Israel's real intentions become clear not by what is said or professed but by what it is doing. The Palestinians won't buy Netanyahu's 'economic' peace, which is a fraud anyway. They will only be convinced by Israel creating facts on the ground of a kind which is radically different from the building of colonies.
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