Talks won’t produce results

No Peace Will Result From Talks

Reprinted from Daily Alert, August 24, 2010

Why Palestinians Don’t Want Direct Talks to Succeed
– Mordechai Kedar
Following the show in Washington, the current Palestinian leadership will find a way to thwart the direct negotiations because they cannot finalize a deal. Any Palestinian or Arab leader who says something that is interpreted as any kind of concession on the right of return knows that he shall immediately be accused of treason. Moreover, the Palestinian leadership cannot present its public with a deal that would include less than the dream outlined by Arafat: “One Palestinian state with the holy Jerusalem as its capital.”
Another reason is economic. The PA has been making a good living off public and government funds from Europe, the U.S., and the Arab and Islamic world – to the point where Palestinian per capita disposable income is double that of Egypt. The PA leadership fears that the moment an independent Palestinian state is declared, donations would dry up, as the world will expect the Palestinians to start supporting themselves just like any other independent state. The writer is a lecturer at Bar-Ilan University. (Ynet News)
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Mordechai Kedar served for 25 years in IDF Military Intelligence, specializing in Arabic and Islam. He defends Israel in Arab media, directly engaging Arabs in their language. (    

  • Not Taking Yes for an Answer – Efraim Karsh
    No sooner had Hillary Clinton announced the imminent resumption of direct Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations without preconditions, than the Palestinian leadership threatened to pull out of the talks if Israel didn’t extend the freeze on all settlement activities. Furthermore, the Arabic-language version of the PLO’s decision makes no mention of the two-state solution. Instead it adds a few new preconditions, notably the rejection of Israel’s annexation of east Jerusalem.
    There lies the heart of the problem. While the PLO leadership, since the launch of the Oslo “peace” process in 1993, has been singing the praises of the two-state solution whenever addressing Israeli or Western audiences, it has consistently denigrated the idea to its own constituents, depicting the process as a transient arrangement required by the needs of the moment that would inexorably lead to the long-cherished goal of Israel’s demise. Both Hamas and the PLO are committed to Israel’s eventual destruction. The writer is professor of Middle East and Mediterranean studies at King’s College London. (Jerusalem Post)
  • Do Abbas and Fayyad Have a Mandate to Negotiate?

    Khaled Abu Toameh (Hudson Institute-New York)

    A president whose term in office expired in January 2009, and a prime minister who won about 2% of the vote when he ran in an election, have now been invited by the U.S. to hold direct peace talks with Israel on behalf of the Palestinians.

  • Mahmoud Abbas, the president, and Salam Fayyad, his prime minister, won the “backing” of the 18-member PLO Executive Committee, which is dominated by unelected veteran officials. Only nine PLO officials attended the meeting. The PLO constitution requires a minimum of 12 members for a quorum. This means that, contrary to reports in the Palestinian and international media, Abbas and Fayyad do not have the support of the PLO committee to negotiate directly with Israel.
  • Would Abbas and Fayyad be able to sell any agreement to a majority of Palestinians after they told their people they are going to the talks only because the Americans and Europeans threatened to cut off financial aid? Any agreement they bring back home will be seen by many Palestinians as the fruit of “extortion” and “threats.”
  • Abbas and Fayyad are well aware of the fact that they do not have a mandate to sign any agreement with Israel. This is why they will search for any excuse to withdraw from the direct talks and blame Israel for the failure of the peace process.
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