Friday, May 21, 2010

Wall Street Journal: Palestinians make surprisingly large land offer to Israel

In framework of proximity talks, Palestinian negotiators have reportedly proposed giving up twice the West Bank territory Abbas offered Olmert.
"The Palestinian Authority has offered surprising concessions to Israel regarding borders for a future state, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.
In the framework of proximity peace talks now being mediated by the United States' special Middle East envoy George Mitchell, Palestinian negotiators have reportedly offered to match and even double the amount of West Bank land territory that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas offered to former prime minister Ehud Olmert during their one-on-one 2008 talks.
During those talks, Abbas offered Olmert to exchange 1.9% of West Bank land for an equal amount of Israeli territory. Olmert countered with a much higher demand of his own, which the current reported offer would still not come close to matching.
Palestinian officials told The Wall Street Journal that the unexpected proposal was being made due to their assumption that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was not serious about reaching a final status deal within the indirect negotiations.
Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat said his government was approaching the proximity talks in good faith and "are not going to waste Mitchell's time.
"We want Mr. Mitchell to succeed because his success is our freedom," he said.

1 comment:

  1. This is an excessively generous Palestinian offer.

    Palestine should make this offer provided Israel buys the land [and offers compensation for eminent domained Palestinian property confiscated at below market prices] to the tune of $50 billion.

    In other words, enough money to transform the occupied territories into another Dubai.