"The Palestinians have never been given 'opportunities'". Shall.. - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Eitan
    • 08.02.10 | 13:26 (IST)

    ...we examine a few? 1. 1937 - Peel Commission proposal for an independent Arab state, rejected. 2. 1947 - UN Resolution for an independent Arab state, rejected. 3. 1948 to 1967 - all the territories now demanded under Arab rule, yet the local Arabs did nothing to demand an independent state with eastern Jerusalem as its capital city. 4. 1978 - Begin and Saadat offer for autonomy, to be turned into independence, rejected. 5. 2000 - Barak and Clinton offer for an independent state, rejected. 6. 2005 - Gaza was evacuated, but its Arabs opted not to set up an independent state there. 7. 2008 - Olmert's offer to set up an independent state with eastern Jerusalem as its capital, rejected. Shall we move on...?? Thus, the Arabs have never missed an opportunity to miss an opportunity and Abbas's refusal to recognize Israel right to exist and to negotiate with its elected officials directly is yet another opportunity the is being missed. Now, the question that must be asked is why...?

    from the article: Abbas give in to U.S. pressure for indirect Mideast talks
    First published 02:20 08.02.10 | Last updated 14:43 08.02.10
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