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Ramallah - Thousands of Confidential Palestinian Documents Leaked

Published on: January 23, 2011 04:45 PM
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Ramallah - Palestinians were prepared to compromise over two of the toughest issues, Jerusalem and refugees, during peace talks in 2008, the Al-Jazeera TV channel reported Sunday, quoting from documents it said came from the talks.

Palestinian negotiators quickly denied the reports, saying parts of the documents were fabricated. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said he has kept Arab countries fully briefed on the negotiations with Israel.

Al-Jazeera said the Palestinians offered to let Israel keep all but one of the Jewish enclaves it build in east Jerusalem after capturing it in the 1967 Mideast war. About 200,000 Israelis live there now.

In return, according to the quoted documents, the Palestinians wanted Israeli land, including a section close to the West Bank-Israel line where many of Israel’s minority Arab citizens live.

Also, they proposed international control of the key Jerusalem holy site as a temporary measure. The Palestinians, Israel, the U.S., Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Jordan would administer the site where the Al Aqsa Mosque compound sits atop the ruins of the biblical Jewish temples, until Israel and the Palestinians could work out a permanent arrangement.

On the issue of refugees, the documents said the Palestinians agreed that Israel would take in 10,000 refugees a year for 10 years — a total of 100,000. The Palestinians have insisted that all refugees from the 1948-49 war and their descendants — several million people — have the right to return to Israel. The Israelis have always rejected that as a threat to the Jewish character of their state.

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The chief Palestinian negotiator in the 2008 talks, Ahmed Qureia, told The Associated Press that “many parts of the documents were fabricated, as part of the incitement against the Palestinian Authority and the Palestinian leadership.”

He denied making an offer about the Jewish enclaves in east Jerusalem, claiming that Israel refused to discuss the issue.

The current chief negotiator, Saeb Erekat, dismissed the TV report as “lies and half truths.”

Abbas told Egyptian newspaper editors in Cairo on Sunday that he kept the Arab League updated on all details of the negotiations with Israel, according to the Palestinian news agency Wafa. “I don’t know from where Al-Jazeera came with secret things,” Abbas was quoted as saying. “There is nothing we hide from our brothers, the Arabs.”

The peace talks referred to in the documents went through 2008 but ended without agreement when Israel attacked Gaza to try to stop daily rocket barrages by Palestinian militants there.

The report quoted a document that said Israel informed Abbas in advance of its plan to invade Gaza. Abbas has denied that in the past.

Erekat said the Jerusalem document was an Israeli proposal, not Palestinian, and he denied the report about a Palestinian offer to limit the return of refugees.

The Israeli prime minister at the time, Ehud Olmert, has said he offered the Palestinians a state in the Gaza Strip and about 95 percent of the West Bank, with territorial swaps to make up the difference, including a corridor to link the West Bank and Gaza. In Jerusalem, he said, he suggested the same international arrangement outlined Sunday by Al-Jazeera for the holy site and division of the Arab and Jewish sections.

Olmert said the land swap would be for territory along the length of the West Bank but would not include the sections were Israeli Arabs live.

Al-Jazeera claimed it has 1,600 leaked documents from peace talks over the past decade. The Al-Jazeera program Sunday, concentrating on Jerusalem, was the first of four this week. Others are set to cover refugees and other issues


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 Jan 23, 2011 at 05:09 PM charliehall Says:

If this is true, those ARE huge concessions. Why were they rejected?

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 Jan 23, 2011 at 05:25 PM kulanu chachamim Says:

probably those who offerred these "consessions" are 6 feet under or will be shortly

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 Jan 23, 2011 at 05:25 PM Anonymous Says:

If all this were true the Palestineans would have released this information and there would be no need for leaks. The leaks are bobba maasos to make Israel look bad. These are Soros driven lefty so called leaks

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 Jan 23, 2011 at 05:43 PM AlbertEinstein Says:

This is probably not true.

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 Jan 23, 2011 at 05:48 PM yaakov doe Says:

Anything leaked about Arafat's millions?

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 Jan 23, 2011 at 06:26 PM Pesach Says:

Reply to #3  
Anonymous Says:

If all this were true the Palestineans would have released this information and there would be no need for leaks. The leaks are bobba maasos to make Israel look bad. These are Soros driven lefty so called leaks

Or you could just be wrong.

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 Jan 23, 2011 at 06:30 PM enlightened-yid Says:

Reply to #3  
Anonymous Says:

If all this were true the Palestineans would have released this information and there would be no need for leaks. The leaks are bobba maasos to make Israel look bad. These are Soros driven lefty so called leaks

PA would not want such leaks to be made public when HAMAS was threatening to retake power in the West Bank all on a public campaign that the PA is a failure which appeases Israel and the U.S. HAMAS just got free campaign material with this leak to prove that PA was giving lands away to the Zionists--worse charge that Abbas can be accused of. But all of this does not matter anymore because more and more countries are willing to unilaterally recognize Palestine. Wait till powerful E.U. countries start recognizing Palestine and 60 years of Israel-Palestine negotiation games will become absolutely irrelevant. We have former senior officials from the State Department for the first time in history sending a letter to the President of the U.S. to formally condemn Israeli settlement construction in the U.N. Security Council. Israel can continue beating the drum until the battery drains, but sooner or later that time will come when Israel will not have anyone to hide behind anymore. AIPAC won't be successful forever, so Natanyahu and Lieberman better wake up before Palestinians end up with the entire Jerusalem as their capitol.

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 Jan 23, 2011 at 05:45 PM Abe Says:

Then-foreign minister Tzipi Livni mentioned that Israel was "giving up the Golan" in peace talks with Syria, during negotiations with Palestinian Negotiator Ahmed Qurei, as revealed in the Palestine Papers leaked

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 Jan 23, 2011 at 06:36 PM Rachel W. Says:

Leaked and released by al-Jazeera TV... that says it all. A mimicking of WikLeaks, hoping for a sensational impact like the one achieved by Julian Assange. And I have a bridge.......

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 Jan 23, 2011 at 08:34 PM Godol-Hador Says:

Reply to #3  
Anonymous Says:

If all this were true the Palestineans would have released this information and there would be no need for leaks. The leaks are bobba maasos to make Israel look bad. These are Soros driven lefty so called leaks

Why does this make Israel look bad?! Just the opposite it makes the palestinians look foolish.
The real question is who turned down who?

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 Jan 23, 2011 at 10:23 PM OyGevald Says:

Blame Obama. That will definately put an end to American meddling in Israel's security.

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 Jan 23, 2011 at 10:03 PM skvererebbe Says:

so maybe now its israel's chance to make (or take ) a leak !?

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 Jan 24, 2011 at 01:15 AM A_Simple_Chussid Says:

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enlightened-yid Says:

PA would not want such leaks to be made public when HAMAS was threatening to retake power in the West Bank all on a public campaign that the PA is a failure which appeases Israel and the U.S. HAMAS just got free campaign material with this leak to prove that PA was giving lands away to the Zionists--worse charge that Abbas can be accused of. But all of this does not matter anymore because more and more countries are willing to unilaterally recognize Palestine. Wait till powerful E.U. countries start recognizing Palestine and 60 years of Israel-Palestine negotiation games will become absolutely irrelevant. We have former senior officials from the State Department for the first time in history sending a letter to the President of the U.S. to formally condemn Israeli settlement construction in the U.N. Security Council. Israel can continue beating the drum until the battery drains, but sooner or later that time will come when Israel will not have anyone to hide behind anymore. AIPAC won't be successful forever, so Natanyahu and Lieberman better wake up before Palestinians end up with the entire Jerusalem as their capitol.

"...so Natanyahu and Lieberman better wake up before Palestinians end up with the entire Jerusalem as their capitol."

And how do you propose that will happen?

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 Jan 24, 2011 at 04:18 AM Elchonon Says:

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charliehall Says:

If this is true, those ARE huge concessions. Why were they rejected?

These are worthless.... fact is the arabs are in no position to even ask for toilet paper... you hear the 2012 rumbles ? congress, senate and all are going to shift.. the arabs are going to learn hardball

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