January 26, 2011

The Palestine Papers: A Summary (Part 2)

The PA Asked Israel to Tighten the Siege on Gaza

The Palestinian Authority (PA) had pleaded with the Israeli government to re-occupy the Philadelphi corridor on the Gaza-Egypt border, in order to tighten the siege on Hamas-run Gaza, The Palestine Papers show…

In one of the most candid examples of the PA’s bid to tighten the noose around the Gaza Strip in order to punish Hamas, Erekat shows his disagreements with Israel and Egypt on their Gaza policy. In a meeting with George Mitchell, the US Middle East envoy in October 2009, Erekat appears frustrated that not enough was being done to maintain the siege on Gaza.  (Al Jazeera)  (See also Ali Abunimah)

Livni Proposed Ethnic Cleansing
During several 2008 meetings with Palestinian negotiators, [Israel’s Foreign Minister Tzipi] Livni proposed annexing Arab villages to the future Palestinian state, forcing tens of thousands of Israeli Arabs to choose between their citizenship and their land…

Polls of Israeli Arabs over the last decade have consistently [show that] most would rather remain in Israel than live under Palestinian jurisdiction.  (Al Jazeera)

This [proposal] is not only catastrophic for Palestinian rights and the prospects for justice, but represents a return to nineteenth century notions, banished in the wake of two world wars, that population groups can be traded between states without their consent as if they were mere pieces on a chess board.  (Ali Abunimah)

Livni Confessed the Real Rationale Behind Settlement Expansion

In an attempt to show her good faith, Livni is recorded confirming what Palestinians have always accused Israeli governments of doing: creating facts on the ground to prevent the possibility of a viable Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza.

At a west Jerusalem meeting in November 2007, she told Qureia that she believed Palestinians saw settlement building as meaning “Israel takes more land [so] that the Palestinian state will be impossible”; that “the Israel policy is to take more and more land day after day and that at the end of the day we'll say that is impossible, we already have the land and we cannot create the state”. She conceded that it had been “the policy of the government for a really long time”.  (Guardian)

The PA Agreed to Relinquish Haram al-Sharif

Saeb Erekat, the chief negotiator of the Palestinian Authority (PA), had suggested unprecedented compromises on the division of Jerusalem and its holy sites, the Palestine Papers obtained by Al Jazeera show.

Minutes of negotiations at the US State Department in Washington DC indicate that Erekat was willing to concede control over the Haram al-Sharif, or Temple Mount, to the oversight of an international committee.  (Al Jazeera)

This was probably the biggest concession of all—control of the Haram was the issue that “blew up” the Camp David talks, according to an Israeli official who was present.  (Jonathan Cook)

The PA Colluded with Israel to Kill Palestinians

The Palestinian Authority (PA) has shown operational willingness to co-operate with Israel to kill its own people, the Palestine Papers indicate. 

Among the documents are notes, handwritten in Arabic, revealing an exchange in 2005 between the PA and Israel on a plan to kill a Palestinian fighter named Hassan al-Madhoun, who lived in the Gaza strip…

The Palestine Papers appear to reveal two primary motives for the Palestinian Authority’s collaboration with Israel and their crackdown on dissent. 

Firstly, it serves to maintain the movement’s political supremacy at a time when it is being questioned. Secondly, it is an attempt to signal to the US that it wants to remain a trusted partner in peace talks, regardless the costs…

The Palestine Papers show how the Al Aqsa Martyr’s Brigade, once the spearhead of action against the Israeli occupation, has been transformed into a body that helps maintaining it.  (Al Jazeera)

Obama Abandoned the Road Map for Peace

One of the more astonishing revelations in The Palestine Papers…is that the administration of US President Barack Obama effectively repudiated the Road Map, which has formed the basis of the “peace process” since 2003. In doing so it has backed away even from commitments made by the George W. Bush administration and blown an irreparable hole in the already threadbare “two-state solution.” [According to Palestinian negotiators, Bush’s Road Map sought to establish a Palestinian state based on 1967 borders with minor, mutual land swaps.]

But even worse, the US position perhaps unwittingly opens the door to dangerous Israeli ambitions to transfer—or ethnically cleanse—non-Jewish Palestinian citizens of Israel in order to create an ethnically pure “Jewish state.”  (Ali Abunimah)

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The Palestine Papers: A Summary (Part 1)
The Palestine Papers: A Summary (Part 3) 

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