Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The Impossible Peace

If there is any doubt in anyone’s minds that peace in the Middle East is impossible, this week put those doubts to rest. Peace in the Middle East is impossible.

Leaked documents obtained by the Al Jazeera television channel showed that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in 2008 offered Israel most of East Jerusalem in return for a peace deal. The leaked documents then went further stating that the Palestinian also offered major concessions on the sensitive issue of Palestinian refugees.

The Palestinian Authority has loudly condemned the leaks, saying they are nothing but a pack of lies. Unfortunately they are not help by a few things; 1) both the Americans and the Israelis have thus far refused to say the leaks were false, 2) the British Guardian newspaper had said it had access to the documents and had verified most of them, and 3) Al Jazeera said it had obtained the leaks from a variety of sources and one of the sources is almost certainly WikiLeaks.

What is truly surprising about the whole thing is Israel’s reaction to the proposals. Then Israeli Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, rejected it saying it doesn’t go far enough! You get most of Jerusalem, concessions on right of return, and peace with your most troublesome neighbor which you had been in conflict with for the past 40 years. In return you give away nothing but a signature on a peace deal which is what you want in the first place.

And still they can’t get it done! That’s it. Peace in the Middle East is impossible.


Natalie said...

It's such a ridiculous mess. Glad I'm not involved in negotiations, personally I think I'd lose it.

Ghost said...

I think that might be what happen to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Offering most of Jerusalem and the right of return issue? Not smart, not smart at all.