Negotiations Leak: Palestinian Concessions to Israel

Monday, January 24, 2011

The biggest leak of confidential documents in the history of the Middle East reveal that Palestinian negotiators secretly told Israel it could keep swathes of occupied East Jerusalem. Thousands of pages of confidential Palestinian records of negotiations with Israel and the U.S. have been published by the Guardian and Al Jazeera. The Guardian’s Middle East editor Ian Black says the documents show a weak and desperate Palestinian side offering a string of concessions that will shock Palestinians and the wider Arab world.The former United States Ambassador to Israel and director of Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institute, Martin Indyk, disagrees.


Ian Black and Martin Indyk

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Duncan Wilson

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Atticus Madison from Washington DC

The biggest problem for the Israeli - Palestinian problem is that everyone seems content with ignoring binding International Law. It clearly requires: 1) the removal of troops from occupied territory after the end of a war; 2) that the occupier can not settle its own people in occupied territory; and 3) no territory may be taken as a result of war. These principles are clearly recognized by the United Natons, which (as stated in Resolution 332 etc.) requires the removal of all Israeli personnel from the territories it occupies.

Why is this so difficult to understand and why do those who comment on the situation never cite binding International Law? Because the U.S. never forces Israel to respect the law.

There is no need or reason for "negotiations" between Israelis and Palestinians. Just make all parties observe the law.

Jan. 24 2011 08:50 AM

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