The trade-off waiting to happen - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • ArabAmerican
    • 03.04.07 | 00:31 (IDT)

    As every student of negotiation knows, successful agreements always involve a trade-off of things of value: You get X, for which I get Y. The Saudi Plan strongly hints at such a trade-off in its call for a "just solution" to the refugee issue, and not for a full return. The trade-off is: Israel returns to '67 borders (including E. Jerusalem) with only minor adjustments in exchange for Palestinians accepting to limit "return" to the new Palestinian state. The problem, as Eldar alludes to, is that neither side has the leadership needed to make these two huge concessions. Could Rabin and Arafat have gotten there? Maybe. Olmert and Abbas? Extremely unlikely.

    from the article: Leaders have been ousted for less
    First published 00:00 02.04.07 | Last updated 00:00 02.04.07
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