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Friday, March 30, 2012

The Camp David mistake

After explaining that 'moderate' 'Palestinian' President Mahmoud Abbas Abu Mazen has no mandate to make peace with Israel, Egyptian journalist Abdul Karim Shalabi makes an important point that one does not often hear outside of the Israeli Right.
Just as Arafat dismissed the generous offer he received from former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak during the failed Camp David summit in 2000, Abbas rejected Olmert's plan because it did not offer all of the Palestinian leader's demands. Perhaps one of the biggest problems is also what happened during Israel's negotiations with us in Egypt: Egypt got from Israel 100% of what it asked for; how, after that, can any Arab leader ever settle for anything less?
Shalabi is correct. And if anything, the mistake has been compounded: Rabin and Clinton gave Jordan's King Hussein every last inch of former Jordanian land not located in Judea or Samaria as part of that treaty in 1994, plus extra water to boot (in case you're wondering why the 'Palestinians' complain so much about water, that's part of it too).

But giving the 'Palestinians' everything they demand is in a whole different category, and every Israeli leader realizes that cannot be done.

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