Leaked "Palestine Papers" Show Major PA Concessions Which Israel Rejected

A stunning leak of thousands of documents to Al Jazeera revealed the inner workings of years of negotiations between the Palestinian Authority and the Israeli Government--including major concessions made by the PA which the Israelis rejected during Condoleeza Rice's tenure as Secretary of State, the AFP reports:

During series of meetings that year, the Palestinians offered to let Israel keep all its settlements in east Jerusalem, with the exception of Har Homa, as well as the Jewish Quarter and part of the Armenian Quarter in the Old City.

But Israel rejected the offer, saying it did not meet their demands, the papers show.

Naturally, the leaks have caused diplomatic consternation in the Middle East, with some denying their veracity and accusations flowing back and forth between hard-liners and moderates in both the Israeli and Palestinian camps. Still, the full implications of the leaks are devastating in terms of Israel's apparent refusal to compromise, and will hopefully help inform future peace talks. 

Read the full story at the AFP via Raw Story.

Meanwhile, TPM draws our attention to an open letter asking the U.S. not to veto a Security Council resolution condemning illegal settlement activity, an indication that the sands are shifting Stateside in terms of aggressive responses to the peace process and leveraging pressure on Israel in particular.

AlterNet / By Sarah Seltzer

Posted at January 24, 2011, 4:01am

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