Barak made an offer to PA to retrurn 95% of WB and gaza and East Jerusalem to establish an Palestinian State. They pleaded with Arafat to accept it as a starting principle for negotiation to conclude a final agreement. Arafat refused, walked away and told Palestinians in a speech "Terrorize them (Jews)...and in then shortly comming election Barak was defeated and Likud with Sharon won by a large majority., while Arafts 2nd Intifada was in full speed. Barak was stunned by this and never forgot Palestinians this slap in the face. He did say it when Olmert was talking about concessions to Abbas led PA..... Don't forget it... Palestinians did not change their approach to Jewish state . They just demand a surrender to 1967 lines (armistice lines since 1948. Thats the first stage of their dream. In the secong stage the rest of Israel is their target. Hamas says it opnely, majority of palestinians on WB say it in surveys. The only party to this conflict to be blamed for non existance of Palsetinian state on WB and Gaza are palestinians themselves.
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