The Nature of the Palestinian Papers: Four Theories - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Joseph HaTzair
    • 24.01.11 | 17:06 (IST)

    Haaretz now reports that officials in the Palestinian leadership have been calling these documents forged. How can peace be acheived if the Palestinian leadership is afraid to voice its actual positions in public? There are four possibilities here: (A) These documents are authentic, and the PA offered to concede parts of E. Jerusalem, but, as is now evinced, they were (and are) afraid to voice this position to their 'Arab brothers' (B) The content of the documents was deliberately reported incorrectly; in fact it was Israel who offered to concede parts of E. Jerusalem. This would indicate that Israel has gone to unprecedented lengths for peace, and has yet again been rejected by the Palestinian Leadership. (C) The documents are spurious, aimed to boost the credibility of the PA in the eyes of the international community and media, whose image is quickly deteriorating due to their inability to come up with a unified voice and arrive at the negotiation table ready for peace, to end violence and the brutal occupation of Hamas in Gaza. (D) The PA is working together with Al Jazeera to create a veil of uncertainty to forestall the peace process. Devoid of all excuses for not engaging in peace talks with Israel, the PA masters of PR invent a convoluted negotiation narrative sure to stifle peace talks for many more months. Whatever the truth may be, the past is the past. The Palestinian leadership must stop its vacuous dialectic about what they have or have not done in the past, and talk about what concessions it actually is prepared to make now and in the future. Israel has been waiting for this moment since 1948.

    from the article: The Palestine papers: Al-Jazeera trumps WikiLeaks
    First published 12:07 24.01.11 | Last updated 12:07 24.01.11
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