Monday, 24 January 2011
News flash: A Sensible Explanation for the Palestine Papers/This will blow your minds by Barry Rubin
I have put this on an update of my article but it does make sense, even if not 100 percent in large measure. It will blow your minds:
But there's another explanation, offered by PA leader Mahmoud Abbas, and although I can't verify it the idea does make sense. If this is true it should instantly change the world's thinking. Abbas suggests that the documents or the translation reverses the Israeli and Palestinian positions. In other words, it is Israel offering compromise and the Palestinians rejecting it. In general, it is Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, not the PA that is proposing to divide east Jerusalem and so on. This does fit much of what has already been known publicly
Now if that is true, much of the media should announce that it has made a mistake and that in fact they have got the story wrong all along. The headlines should read: Israel Offers Compromise, PA Rejects It. Oh, and by the way remember this information is from 2008 and since then the PA has basically refused to negotiate at all.
Oh, how about this one: the papers say the PA offered to recognize Israel as a Jewwish state. Um, that was in 2008 under Olmert. Israel didn't ask for such recognition until 2009 under Netanyahu!