At Camp David in July 2000, hosted by President Clinton, Barak offered Arafat exactly what the Guardian proposes â€“ an agreement based on the Clinton parameters.
Arafat kicked and screamed (literally, from reports of the meetings) â€“ and walked away.At Taba, in January 2001, Barak offered Arafat even more, going beyond the Clinton parameters
Arafat walked away and launched the second intifada.In 2008 just before resigning, Olmert offered Abbas a detailed proposal, complete with maps showing Israelâ€™s proposal for a border with a future Palestinian state.Netanyahu has (very cleverly, I might add, since he knows the Palestinians only too well) offered to resume talks.
Abbas and Erekat refused (but see below what happened yesterday ).Far from â€œMr. Netanyahu [kicking and screaming] against an imposed plan, â€¦ the consequence of rejecting lesser demands nowâ€ it is obvious to any impartial observer that:
1. The kicking and screaming has, for close on 100 years, come from the ArabsBut in the topsy-turvy world of the Guardian, facts and history matter for nothing against blinkered bias and an alternative universe with an alternative history that they have created.
2. The consequence of rejecting greater offers in the past has always been to leave the Arabs (known as the Palestinians since 1967) with less than they had before.
Despite the cynical use of C.P. Scottâ€™s famous statement, at the new Guardian â€œfacts are not sacredâ€, and the Guardian acts like an official media outlet for an Orwellian â€œMinistry of Truthâ€. Having abandoned the Labour fold, the Guardian joins forces with the Liberal Democrats, and, like Orwellâ€™s creatures, we are left looking at them in disbelief:
â€œNo question now, what had happened to the faces of the pigs. The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.â€â€”â€”â€”â€”â€”â€”â €”â€”
- George Orwell, Animal Farm, Ch. 10
1. Martin Gilbert â€“ â€œChurchill and the Jewsâ€, paperback, 2007, pgs 144-145.
The 564,379 Jews of Germany at the most recent census â€” that of 1925 â€” made up 0.9 per cent of the total German population. The highest Jewish percentage before Hitler came to power had been among lawyers â€” both barristers and solicitors â€” where it amounted to 10.25 per cent of the German population. The percentage of Jewish doctors was 10.88. In German cultural life, 5.61 per cent of theatre producers were Jews, 5.05 per cent of editors and authors, 3 per cent of actors and dancers. 2.44 per cent of painters and sculptors and 2.04 per cent of musicians and singers. Among university teachers the percentage was 2.64 per cent. The percentage of Jews among teachers in the elementary and secondary schools was 0.53 per cent. These percentages, commented the Manchester Guardian, were neither a stranglehold nor a monopoly.â€™â€™
2. In fact, more recently â€“ yesterday â€“ the Arab League, which apparently still holds a veto over what the â€œPalestinian Authorityâ€ (i.e., the representatives of the West Bank Arabs) can or cannot do and is not familiar with the Guardianâ€™s views on the subject, announced its support for resumption of peace talks, and apparently the Palestinians, who, it is clear still get their orders from the Arab League, agreed:(Of course, Erekat and Hanan Ashrawi (hello? Where has she been lately?) immediately set pre-conditions for restarting talks unacceptable to Israel, which may meant that they do not, in fact, agree to restart talks â€“ no wonder the Guardian and Arabs get along so well in their upside-down universes)
Moreover, this does not meet with the support of the other Palestinian representatives â€“ the representatives of the Arabs living in Gaza, who, true to form, will not agree to negotiations:Hamas blasts Arab support for indirect peace talks
The Damascus-based leadership of the Palestinian movement Hamas on Sunday condemned the Arab Leagueâ€™s backing for the indirect peace talks between Palestinians and Israelis.