Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Good analysis here on Israel/Palestine and the reasons why the Pals keep walking away from a peace agreement. It's not because they haven't been offered enough.

Perhaps Arafat could be given an ultimatum – but even Malley recognizes that Arafat “sees in every ultimatum a last demand before the next concession.”

Arafat can hardly be blamed for that view. How could anyone have a different one, looking at the extraordinary concessions made by Ehud Barak at Camp David (a state in all of Gaza and more than 90 percent of the West Bank, with a capital in Jerusalem, in exchange for “peace”), which were followed by a Palestinian walkout and a new war, which then led to the Clinton Parameters of December 23, 2000 (with new concessons for the Palestinians), which were conveyed to Arafat as his last chance and then personally rejected by Arafat, in the Oval Office, in his January 2, 2001 meeting with Clinton – which was then followed by Israel's willingness, just three weeks later, to send a team to Taba, Egypt for still another round of negotiations, in the midst of Arafat's war, with still more Israeli concessions.

Arafat's refusals led, each time, to new movements in his direction.

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