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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

'Palestinians': US letter guaranteed our preconditions, Europeans published guidelines to entice us to talks

'Palestinian' chief negotiator bottle washer Saeb Erekat claims that the 'Palestinians' would not have returned to the 'negotiating' table without a letter of assurances from the United States that all of their preconditions would be met.
In a lengthy interview with Nazareth-based A-Shams radio, Erekat said that the US had assured Palestinians in writing that talks would recognize the pre-1967 lines as the basis of a Palestinian state; would deal with all core issues (Jerusalem, refugees, borders, security and water); would take place within a six- to nine-month timetable; and would not allow for any provisional or interim solutions before a final status agreement was signed. Erekat also said that an American-Israeli agreement existed regarding settlements, but did not elaborate on its contents. 
(The Palestinians long-time preconditions for resuming talks were that they negotiate Palestinian statehood on the basis of the pre-1967 lines; that Israel freeze settlement building; and that pro-Oslo accords Palestinian prisoners be set free. Israel agreed to a phased release of 104 prisoners, but rejected the other two conditions.)
Erekat also claimed that the European Union’s new directives outlawing all EU cooperation with settlements and other Israeli entities over the 1967 lines were part of a deal reached with Europe in exchange for returning to negotiations
He noted that the Palestinian Authority was currently holding talks with Latin American countries, China, Russia, Japan and the African Union to adopt similar sanctions toward settlements.
“This is an accomplishment,” Erekat told the Israeli radio station. “We would not have returned to the table without a written document confirming these points.”
The Obama administration has so far refrained from revealing the contents of American letters of assurance reportedly delivered to both parties ahead of talks, and has not confirmed sending any such letters. US Secretary of State John Kerry has demanded that negotiating parties maintain complete silence regarding the progress of talks, even including the precise location of meetings.
But in his interview, Erekat blasted the negotiating tactics of the Israelis.
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It sounds like there were a lot of promises made to the 'Palestinians' without telling Israel. I don't trust Obama and I don't trust Kerry. This situation could yet be a bigger disaster than it already appears to be.

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At 5:48 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

For sure he promised them all this....and more.

Israel should know better then to trust this 'admin'.

At 8:38 PM, Blogger mrzee said...

As much as I distrust Kerry and Obama, is there a less credible source anywhere on the planet than Erekat?


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