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Thursday, June 23, 2005

Why Do the Israeli-Palestinian Talks Seem Stalled?

The Main Stream Media will tell you it is because Israel has refused to talk about anything until the Palestine Authority eliminates all terrorist strikes against Israel (an understandable goal). But the MSM do not mention the intransigence of the PA:

The meeting Tuesday, June 21, between Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian chairman Mahmoud Abbas – their first since the February Sharm al-Sheikh summit - went badly, as all the parties admitted. There was an attempt to present the failure as emanating from Sharon’s impossible demand of Abbas to crack down on terrorism, countered by the Palestinian leader’s complaint that he would if he could, but lacks the necessary strength. Israeli Labor spokesmen later criticized Sharon for failing to offer Israeli concessions to buy the embattled Palestinian leader more popular backing.

But, all in all, DEBKAfile’s Palestinian and intelligence sources claim the published account is misleading. Nothing was settled between the Israeli and Palestinian sides because the interchange was dominated by a flat refusal by Abbas flanked by prime minister Ahmed Qureia and other cabinet ministers to budge on any of the points raised by the Israeli side. Instead they pressed hard on their own. The atmosphere of the talks dropped to freezing before they broke up.

The above quotation is taken from this source, which details the points raised by Israel on which the PA refused to budge. [h/t to Joy Wolfe]
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