Twenty years of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks have ended without “a document that contains any real Palestinian concession with [Palestinian President Mahmoud] Abbas’ signature.”
According to Haaretz.com, there are no such documents, which is characteristic of the pattern that has been in place for twenty years: “There never was, and there never will be.”
The website states that the document was in Labor movement politician Yossi Beilin’s possession in 1997–a document fashioned a year and a half earlier that “proved peace was within reach.” To realize this peace, the Israelis had to “get out from under the Likud’s thumb, and get Benjamin Netanyahu out of office.”
They ousted Likud and Natanyahu and met with Abbas at Camp David in 2000, only to realize he was not signing the document, that he had no intention of doing so.
In 2008, the Israelis got behind Ehud Olmert and seemed to be approaching a successful conclusion when Abbas simply “disappeared.”
“He didn’t say yes, he didn’t say no. He just vanished” from the talks.
In 2009, Israelis rallied behind Netanyahu “when he made overtures to Abbas with his Bar-Ilan speech, and the settlement freeze.” But Abbas “refused to dance the tango of peace with the right-wing Israeli leader.”
Abbas then rejected what President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry offered.
“Take heed,” says Haaretz.com. “Twenty years of fruitless talks have led to nothing.”
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