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Palestinian negotiators offered Israel biggest “Yerushalaim” in Jewish history
Al-Jazeera releases documents which reveal that the Palestinian Authority ceded several Palestinian rights and made unprecedented concessions on East Jerusalem
Amira Howeidy, Sunday 23 Jan 2011
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Al-Jazeera today revealed it possesses 1,600 documents and minutes on previously unknown details, deals and secrets of the peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians. The documents, the “Palestine Papers” — leaked exclusively to the Qatar-based TV news channel by sources it didn’t disclose — appear to be from the Palestinian Liberation Organisation's (PLO) Negotiations Department.

The Palestine Papers expose a weak Palestinian leadership offering concession after concession to Israel throughout the negotiations.

Ahram Online was amongst a select group of experts and journalists who were given access to the documents prior to their release. According to the minutes, the Palestinian Authority ceded several Palestinian rights including the right of return for 6 million refugees, made unprecedented concessions on East Jerusalem, accepted land swaps with Israel, accepted that Israel defines itself as a "Jewish" state and cooperated with Israel against the resistance in both the West Bank and Gaza.

Al-Jazeera began releasing selected documents from the cache tonight and will continue to highlight the most important themes and revelations in the Palestine Papers throughout the next three days.

Today Ahram Online publishes excerpts of a meeting between Palestinian Chief Negotiator Saeb Erekat, Deputy US Envoy David Hale and US State Department Legal Advisor Jonathon Schwartz where Erekat appears to offer compromises on the Haram Al-Sharif compound — the third holiest site in Islam and where Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock are situated.

In the below minutes of the meeting, dated 21 October 2009, Erekat talks in his “private capacity” and suggests “creative ways” to discuss the Haram Al-Sharif compound which is located within the 1967 borders of the occupied Palestinian territories.

Erekat proposes revisiting the “Clinton parameters” that were the base of the failed 2000 Camp David talks. The parameters included dividing the sovereignty of East Jerusalem between Israel and the Palestinians. The offer was rejected by then Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat.

This is the first time that a Palestinian official is documented at hinting that control of the Haram Al-Sharif compound may be open to negotiation, even if only in a “private” capacity.

21 October 2009

Saeb Erekat to deputy US envoy David Hale and State Department legal advisor Jonathan Schwartz

Erekat: Even the Old City can be worked out (discusses breakdown of sovereignty over Old City) except for the Haram [Al-Sharif] and what they call the Temple Mount. There you need the creativity of people like me …

[George Mitchell rejoins the meeting]

Erekat:  I want to point out I am answering in my personal capacity on these questions …

Schwartz: Discuss Jerusalem with the borders or separate?

Erekat: Its solved. You have the Clinton parameters formula. For the Old City sovereignty for Palestine, except the Jewish quarter and part of the Armenian quarter … the Haram can be left to be discussed — there are creative ways, having a body or a committee, having undertakings, for example not to dig. The only thing I cannot do is convert to Zionism.

Schwartz: To confirm to Senator Mitchell, your private idea …

Erekat: This conversation is in my private capacity.

Schwartz: We’ve heard the idea from others. So you’re not the first to raise it.

Erekat: Others are not the chief negotiator of the PLO.

Schwartz: I meant this gives you cover — that its not you who raised it. So you would separate Jerusalem from the border?

Erekat: No. But we use Clinton parameters — except for the Haram (separate from border).

Hale: So you’re not talking about the border only. You’re talking about Jerusalem, security …

Erekat: Yes. Once we define these, we can move to bilaterals.

Hale: So this is a way of moving from proximity talks to bilaterals.

Erekat: I repeat my message: no bilateral negotiations without a settlement freeze.

Hale: You succeeded in making the point.

Later, on 15 January 2010, Erekat again tells US Envoy George Mitchell’s staff that the Palestinians made unprecedented offers on Jerusalem and other issues during the Annapolis process.

Erekat: Israelis want the two state solution but they don’t trust. They want it more than you think, sometimes more than Palestinians. What is in that paper gives them the biggest Yerushalaim in Jewish history, symbolic number of refugees return, demilitarised state … What more can I give?

The documents also show that the PA gave Israel the green light to annex East Jerusalem settlements during the Annapolis process.

In a meeting on 15 June 2008, Palestinian negotiator Ahmed Qurei is quoted telling US and Israeli negotiators:

Qurei: “This last proposition could help in the swap process. We proposed that Israel annexes all settlements in Jerusalem except Jabal Abu Ghneim (Har Homa). This is the first time in history that we make such a proposition; we refused to do so in Camp David.”

For more on the documents visit: http://transparency.aljazeera.net/





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Jay Shahid
27-01-2011 10:20am
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There will be NO peace
Salam. as long the Palestinians keep on stabbing each other in the back, no peace can be achieved. Hamas must be brought to the negotiation table along with the PA.Hamas is an elected government by the Palestine majority! The west calls them terrorists but they are NOT. They are just defending their rights with whatever means they have. Fair elections should e held to determine who represents Palestine (Democratically)US will always back Isreal for the personal interest. Down with the US, Down with Israel and PA!
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yusuf A.sani
26-01-2011 10:07pm
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palestinian papers
Allah in His wisdom has finally the shameless and wicked hypocricy of the so called palestinian negotiators.They are the real enemies of palestinians.THANKS ALJAZEERA.
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Nada
26-01-2011 08:22pm
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what we can do
its not new but its documented !!!! we cant deny that and really i thanks aljazeera channel so much
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HASSAN
26-01-2011 05:46pm
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palestine papers
The PA negotiators have been trying to achieve something from nothing.The present position leaves no benefit both to the Palestinians and the Israelis. One step towards peace is far better than one hundred steps towards war. With peace, Palestine and the Muslim world can gain back whatever we has lost in the present day negotiations. Instead of losing so many lives on both the ZIONISTS and ARABS/MUSLIMS side. May Allah grant peace to those who believe in Him.
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HASSAN
26-01-2011 02:25pm
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The PA negotiators have been trying to achieve something from nothing.The present position leaves no benefit both to the Palestinians and the Israelis. One step towards peace is far better than one hundred steps towards war. With peace, Palestine and the Muslim world can gain back whatever we has lost in the present day negotiations. Instead of losing so many lives on both the ZIONISTS and ARABS/MUSLIMS side. May Allah grant peace to those who believe in Him.
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Efosa Aruede
25-01-2011 11:12am
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Negotiations are usually a tortuous process involving "give and take". For those not present at the actual sessions, meaning can always be read into whatever is conveyed as the minutes of such meetings. In the present climate generated by the release of the palestine papers, I would advise cautious reaction while the key players at the negotiating sessions are given the chance to expatiate on their thought processes which led them to say certain unexpected things and offer high priced concessions.Condemning people outright is not the way to go in this matter. Peace is a worthy and laudable goal but a just and lasting peace should be the objective of the negotiators in this process.
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abu mohammed
24-01-2011 09:35pm
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so we are
the question is how &why do they get all these documents?iwish for once not to follow our emotions.plz wake up .these are such a fuss in a cup
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Mark
24-01-2011 07:56pm
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Betrayal
It is absolutely sickening to see Palestinians co-operating in the destruction & genocide of their own people for short-term gain..."The only thing I cannot do is convert to Zionism." ...Arab blood,Israeli heart
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ordesy
24-01-2011 11:43am
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shamful on you Abas
nothing to say,but they must be shoten if they are giving up all what we have been fighting for, that is shameful and hard for all who died and who are suffering prisoned for the case, Hamas has the right when they say that these people are more zionist than Parak and others. stop this nonesense or they will forced
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Ibrahim
24-01-2011 09:05am
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Do we have a say anymore?
We none Palestinians who supported their cause have no say anymore. When they give up, we have no option than to give up to. We can not cry more than the berieved.
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