Barak's amnesia - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Jabo
    • 04.11.12 | 21:59 (IST)

    Probably no Israeli Jew in the last 12 years set back the peace process more than Barak. His claim after Camp David that he had no one to negotiate with on the Palestinian side began the Myth of the Generous Offer. Thus were even moderate Israelis turned off from the peace process. Yet, Barak’s “final offer at Camp David…proposed that Israel annex the 9 percent of the West Bank that included the largest settlement ‘blocs’ while offering in return an area one-ninth as large inside the green line. Nine percent may not seem like much, but as some Israel officials have since conceded, annexing settlements like Ariel, which stretches thirteen miles beyond the green line, would have severely hindered Palestinian travel between the northern and southern halves of the West Bank. It also would have left Israel in control of much of the West Bank’s water supply. Moreover, Barak insisted on maintaining sovereignty for up to twelve years over part of the Jordan Valley, which comprises another 25 percent of the West Bank.” In the words of former Barak aide Tal Zilberstein, “[T]here are still people who say, ‘We gave them everything at Camp David and got nothing.’ This is a flagrant lie.” http://detailedpoliticalquizzes.wordpress.com/israel-palestine-quiz/

    from the article: Barak to Haaretz: Netanyahu government should have done more to advance peace
    First published 01:09 04.11.12 | Last updated 01:09 04.11.12
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