Posted by Brad @ 11:15 am on January 24th 2011

Al Jazeera Releases “The Palestine Papers”

1,700 files in all, most of them diplomatic correspondence from 1999 to 2010 dealing with the Israel-Palestine situation. Site here.

Nothing earth-shattering, I don’t think, and pretty clearly the sources are PA or Western – not Israeli – in origin. Still, the sum total is to make Israel look more intransigent and even flippant about negotiations than, at least, the perception in America.

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  1. And because this wasn’t clear to me at first, this is indeed from WikiLeaks, published by the Guardian and al Jazeera concurrently. The Guardian sums up the revelations – which include the willingness of the PA to essentially give up on Jerusalem, accede to demands on the right of return for Palestinian refugees, and even a high level of covert coordination as the PA worked with Israeli security to a degree much larger than generally assumed, thusly:

    The overall impression that emerges from the documents, which stretch from 1999 to 2010, is of the weakness and growing desperation of PA leaders as failure to reach agreement or even halt all settlement temporarily undermines their credibility in relation to their Hamas rivals; the papers also reveal the unyielding confidence of Israeli negotiators and the often dismissive attitude of US politicians towards Palestinian representatives.

    Comment by Brad — 1/24/2011 @ 1:10 pm

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