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Monday, December 10, 2012
Observation: Chutzpah and lies in Palestinian Conditions to Renew Talks

Observation: Chutzpah and lies in Palestinian Conditions to Renew Talks

Dr. Aaron Lerner Date: 10 December 2012

Let’s walk through the three “principles” Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat
set for a return to the negotiating table in remarks broadcast on Voice of
Palestine Radio today – as reported by AFP:

+++"The first principle is that the goal of the peace process -- according
to all previously signed agreements and international law -- is the
withdrawal of Israel to the June 4, 1967 borderline, including Jerusalem."

This is a barefaced lie. Nowhere in any of the signed agreements is there
any indication that Israel agreed to withdraw “to the June 4, 1967
borderline, including Jerusalem."

+++"The second principle is related to the necessity of re-launching
negotiations from the point they were halted, which means they should not
start from scratch like Netanyahu wants them to be.”

This is incredible chutzpah. Saeb Erekat knows damn well that Israel is a
democracy and what that means. And first and foremost that means that the
Israeli public has every right to change its leadership and in turn its
negotiating positions. Yes, signed agreements remain agreements regardless
of who is defeated and who elected, but it is downright silly to assert that
elected Israeli leaders are somehow obligated to honor the negotiating
positions of their political rivals.

+++"The third principle is to set a six-month time-table for the
negotiations to reach an agreement over all final status issues…Settlement
activity should be halted during this period of time and Palestinian
prisoners should be released in accordance with previously signed agreements
and not as preconditions."

This is a combination of a lie and chutzpah: the provisions in the
agreements for prisoner release as they apply to the prisoners serving time
now do not actually require the release of groups Erekat apparently has in
mind (including terrorists serving time for such heinous crimes committed
before Oslo that they remain behind bars to this day). Settlement activity
is not restricted by the agreements signed to date.

Dr. Aaron Lerner, Director IMRA (Independent Media Review & Analysis)
(Mail POB 982 Kfar Sava)
Tel 972-9-7604719/Fax 972-3-7255730
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Website: http://www.imra.org.il

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