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Thursday, January 24, 2013
Weekly Commentary: Absurd to demand negotiations resume based on Olmert concessions

Weekly Commentary: Absurd to demand negotiations resume based on Olmert
concessions

Dr. Aaron Lerner Date: 24 January 2013

Once again Palestinian officials are demanding that negotiations resume with
Israel’s opening position being the tremendous concessions that Ehud Olmert
offered Mahmoud Abbas.

This demand is an insult to our intelligence.

The Palestinians know full well that when an Israeli prime minister makes an
offer that it is not binding on Israel unless the offer is brought before
the Cabinet and approved. And even then, until a deal is signed, it only
takes a unilateral vote of the Cabinet to rescind the offer.

One might argue that the same limitation applies to Palestinian offers.

This is a dynamic of the negotiations that introduces a risk to rejecting an
offer in the hopes of getting even more concessions in the future.

If anything, “friends of peace” should rebuke the Palestinians for their
ridiculous demand.

After all, if every concession made in the course of negotiations is
permanent, an almost inevitable consequence will be that the Palestinians
will never conclude an agreement as they continually seek more Israeli
concessions.

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

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