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    Chief Palestinian Negotiator – No Talks Unless Israel Accepts Obama Formula

    Chief Palestinian Negotiator – No Talks Unless Israel Accepts Obama Formula

    Sure, this  may be bluster in part, but it does demonstrate the damage Obama did by adopting the Palestinian position that a peace agreement must be based on the pre-1967 border plus land swaps. 

    As reported by The Jerusalem Post:

    Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said that the Palestinians were ready to restart peace negotiations if based around the principles US President Barack Obama laid out in his State Department dress on the Middle East, the Washington Post reported Tuesday.

    According to the report, Erekat, who met Monday with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and other senior White House officials, said that if Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu accepted Obama’s platform of a return to pre-1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps, then he would have a partner for negotiations.

    Remember, the Obama formula was the previous Palestinian formula, and the prior U.S. position was that negotiations between the parties had to resolve differences.

    So the new Palestinian position post-Obama Middle East II speech is that Israel has to accept the Palestinian position for talks even to start.  Nice job.

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    What happened post-1948 is a population swap pure and simple. Part of the "Palestinian" Arabs left awaiting the victory that never came, another part was 'encouraged' to leave after shooting too much at Jews, and the remainder stayed. Part of the Jews in Arab countries were expelled, part had their lives made so unpleasant that they left of their own accord (leaving all their possessions behind), and the rest left after the French closed up shop in North Africa (partly to France, partly to Israel).
    If the Arabs want to open up the 'return' Pandora's box, let them pony up the monetary value (adjusted for inflation) of abandoned property, lost wages,… and let Israel use the money to resettle the 'Palestinian' Arabs (who only discovered that they were 'Palestinian' after 1967) in other Arab countries.
    The brutal truth is: this problem has been kept alive artificially as this was politically expedient for Arab potentates as a distraction from their own failed states.

    '67 borders with mutually agreeable land swaps sounds good. Give the Palestinians San Francisco and Berkeley, and the Isralis the West Bank and Gaza.

    Win-Win. And we won't even notice a difference in the language from the West Coast….

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