Negotiating from a weak position (Ben Alofs #99) - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Tosefta
    • 04.08.07 | 21:45 (IDT)

    Hello Ben Alofs, Abbas seems to be following Arafat's big mistake in Oslo. Arafat legally gave up the potential for an armed resistance and ultimately this lost him the ability to bargain from a position of strength. Arafat was in a very weak position in 1991-3, after he supported Saddam's invasion of Kuwait, losing all financial support for this. The result was that he didn't get a good bargain. The weakest part of the deal was that settlements could continue. (I believe, though, that he could have gotten more than he did, but was not a good negotiator.) Perhaps Abbas is even more incompetent. Not good for the Palestinians, but also bad for Israel because the Palestinians will not approve a weak agreement.

    from the article: Deja vu
    First published 00:00 03.08.07 | Last updated 00:00 03.08.07
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