The “Palestine Papers” Revealed

On January 23, Al Jazeera released breaking news on its extensive “Palestine Papers” coverage, introducing them, saying:

It “obtained more than 1,600 internal documents from a decade of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations,” writer, Gregg Carlstrom, explaining that:

Over the last several months, Al Jazeera has been given unhindered access to the largest-ever leak of confidential documents related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

They include “nearly 1,700 files, (and) thousands of pages of diplomatic correspondence detailing the inner workings of” peace process negotiations.

Included (from 1999 – 2010) were “emails, maps, minutes of private meetings, accounts of high level exchanges, strategy papers and even power point presentations….”

Releasing them from January 23 – 26, they reveal information about:

— the PA’s willingness to concede all East Jerusalem settlements except one;

— PA “creativ(ity)” about Islam’s third holiest site, Haram al-Sharif (Nobel Sanctuary), what Jews call the Temple Mount;

— compromise on the right of return, suggesting  abandonment beyond token amounts;

— numerous details of PA-Israeli “cooperation,” suggesting complicity and unconditional surrender to Israeli demands; and

— private late 2009 PA-US negotiator exchanges when Goldstone Report discussions were ongoing at the UN.

Because of obvious sensitivity, Al Jazeera will keep source information confidential as well as how documents were obtained.

In a January 23 London Guardian article, Karma Nabulski headlined, “This seemingly endless and ugly game of the peace process is now finally over,” saying:

It’s over. Given the shocking nature, extent and detail of these ghastly revelations from behind closed doors (shows none) of the villains on the Palestinian side can survive it….A small group of (duplicitous) men who have polluted the Palestinian public sphere with their private activities are now exposed.

In fact, the PA is infested with traitors, some more recent like Salam Fayyad. As appointed prime minister, he’s Israel’s man in Palestine as a previous article explained.

President Mahmoud Abbas’ treachery way predates him also discussed in a previous article.

Jeffrey Blankfort called him a “double agent (serving) his Israeli and US masters in plain sight.” Saying he’s “Israel’s sheriff,” Edward Said called him “colorless, moderately corrupt and without any clear ideas of his own, except that he wants to please the white man.”

As chief Oslo negotiator, he surrendered unconditionally to Israeli demands, Said explaining:

the fashion-show vulgarities of the (1993) White House ceremony, the degrading spectacle of Yasser Arafat thanking everyone for the suspension of most of his people’s rights, and the fatuous solemnity of Bill Clinton’s performance, like a 20th century Roman emperor shepherding two vassal kings through rituals of reconciliation and obeisance, (and) the truly astonishing proportions of the Palestinian capitulation.

It was unilateral surrender, a Palestinian Versailles. They got nothing for renouncing armed struggle, recognizing Israel’s right to exist, letting it colonize Palestine, and leaving major unresolved issues for later final status talks, including self-determination, the right to return, the future of settlements, borders, water rights, and status of Jerusalem as sovereign Palestinian territory and future home of its capital.

Under Arafat, a new PA was established as Israel’s enforcer. At Oslo, Abbas arranged it, getting nothing except White House photo-ops and undisclosed personal favors. Nearly two decades later, they’ve still gotten nothing under him as president, serving his Israeli and US masters.

Main PA Negotiators/Traitors

Besides Abbas, they include:

(1) Saeb Erekat: Since the 1991 Madrid Conference attempt to restart the peace process, he was involved. Thereafter, he took part in every major negotiation, including Oslo and what followed. Overall, he participated in 116 meetings with Israeli, US, and European officials, and for the past two years, served as chief negotiator.

(2) Ahmed Qurei: From 2003 – January 2006 elections defeating Fatah for a new Hamas government, he was Palestinian prime minister. After leaving office, he became chief PA negotiator until late 2008. The documents suggest political infighting reduced his status.

(3) Maen Areikat: In 1992, he began working with Hanan Ashrawi, at the time, official spokeswoman of the Palestinian delegation to peace talk negotiations. In 1998, he served as PLO director general of the Negotiations Affairs Department, supervising its Negotiations Support Unit, providing legal, policy, communications and technical support to Palestinian negotiators. He’s currently heads the PLO mission to the US representative.

(4) Mohammed Dahlan: After Oslo, he headed the PA’s Preventive Security Service in Gaza. In the 1990s, his soldiers were accused of torturing Hamas prisoners. As a notorious Palestinian strongman, he’s perhaps its most controversial figure. In 2007, he headed the failed CIA-funded attempt to unseat Hamas in Gaza, and since August 2009, he’s been an elected member of Fatah’s Central Committee.

Erekat’s Yerushalayim/Haram al-Sharif Solution

As chief PA negotiator, he “suggested unprecedented compromises on the division of Jerusalem and its holy sites,” including ceding control to an international committee. Palestinians accused Israel of Judaizing East Jerusalem as well as pursuing destructive excavations to undermine the al-Aqsa mosque’s foundation, damaging its structural integrity, perhaps intending to destroy it.

Documents reveal that during an October 21, 2009 meeting with George Mitchell and other US negotiators, he said:

It’s solved. You have the Clinton Parameters formula. For the Old City sovereignty for Palestine, except the Jewish quarter and part of the Armenian quarter….the Haram can be left to be discussed – there are creative ways, having a body or a committee, having undertakings, for example, not to dig (under the mosque). The only thing I cannot do is convert to Zionism.

Haram’s status was seldom considered. As late as a July 2, 2008 meeting, Israeli negotiators were told discussing it was off-limits and that they couldn’t bargain on Jerusalem. Yet Erekat and those under him did so, “regardless of the tactical consequences.”

A month later, at a June 30, 2008 meeting, he said:

It is no secret that on our map we proposed we are offering you the biggest Yerushalayim in history. But we must talk about the concept of Al-Quds (Jerusalem). (We) have a detailed concept (and) it’s doable.

He seemed willing to accept an international overseeing arrangement, what never before was considered, fearing it would be a first step to losing it entirely and angering the entire Arab world. As chief negotiator, he “appeared totally disconnected from his own people, as well as his wider Arab and Muslim constituency.”

He was “so consumed by the negotiations that he became oblivious of the import of his remarks among Arabs, Muslims, and – most of all – his own people. Even among some Israelis, this seemed infantile.” According to Israeli lawyer Danied Seidemann:

(A)ny attempt to construe the API (Arab Palestine Initiative) in a manner that falls short of ‘full-stop’ Palestinian or Arab sovereignty on the Haram/Mount would be an exercise in self-delusion.

World Headlines

On January 14, Haaretz News Agencies headlined, “Abbas: Concessions in Palestine papers came from Israel, not us,” saying:

He “denied offering secret concessions to Israel and said that reporting of purportedly leaked documents” mistakenly presented Israeli positions, not those of his negotiators. Calling it a “mix-up,” he said it was “intentional….We say things very clearly, we do not have secrets.”

Clearly embarrassed like Abbas, Ahmed Qureia, chief 2008 negotiator, said “many parts of the documents were fabricated, as part of the incitement against the (PA) and the Palestinian leadership.” He denied making duplicitous offers, calling reports about Erekat “lies and half truths.” In fact, they came from his own verbatim comments.

On January 24, Haaretz writer, Akiva Eldar, headlined, “Lieberman’s map for future Palestinian borders is a joke,” calling it:

a predetermined ritual: The government refuses to freeze settlement construction, the Palestinians freeze the negotiations, (Netanyahu) blames (Abbas), the international community presses Israel, Netanyahu/Lieberman/Barak (leak) ‘a new political program,’ (and) Palestinians reject it.

With nothing constructive in it, it’s like trying to make eggs out of omelets or caterpillars out of butterflies.

BBC headlined, “Excepts: Leaked Palestinian ‘proposals,’ ” saying:

Their negotiators offered unprecedented concessions, including willingness “to accept Israel’s annexation of all but one of its settlements built illegally in occupied East Jerusalem.” They also “show how the Palestinians offered concessions on” Haram.

They could not be independently verified and the chief Palestinian negotiator has dismissed them as a ‘pack of lies.’

The last refuge of a scoundrel caught red-handed is lying about it, revealing even greater treachery.

On January 23, London Guardian writers, Seumas Milne and Ian Black, headlined, “Secret papers reveal slow death of Middle East peace process,” saying:

Offered concessions sent “shockwaves (across Occupied Palestine and) the wider Arab world.” Revelations include:

— unprecedented “confidential concessions,” including on some of the most sensitive issues;

— Israeli leaders asking “some Arab citizens to be transferred to a new Palestinian state;”

— intimate “covert cooperation between Israeli security forces and the” PA;

— British intelligence’s “central role (in) drawing up a secret plan to crush Hamas…;”

— how PA “leaders were privately tipped off about” Cast Lead, showing their complicity and willingness to go along; as well as much more.

Most revealing is “the weakness and growing desperation of PA leaders (to) reach agreement or even halt (settlement construction) temporarily,” undermining “their credibility in relation to their Hamas rivals.” In addition, Israeli negotiators showed “unyielding confidence,” and US politicians “dismissive(ness) towards Palestinian representatives,’ mere pawns to manipulate freely.

After the revelations, former Palestinian negotiator, Diana Butto, demanded Erekat resign, saying he “must step down and if he doesn’t it will only serve to show just how out of touch and unrepresentative the negotiators are.”

On January 23, New York Times writers, Ethan Bronner and Neil MacFarquhar, headlined, “Word of Palestinian Concession in 2008 Roils Mideast Debate,” saying:

New details emerged as Washington “is facing unusual pressure from its Arab and European allies, and even some former top American officials, not to veto a draft Security Council resolution reaffirming the longstanding international view” that Israeli settlements are illegal.

Of course, it’s far more than a “view.” Fundamental international laws affirm it, including Fourth Geneva prohibiting an occupying power from transferring its own population into territories it controls or changing their demographic makeup. Moreover, on March 22, 1979, UN Security Council Resolution 446 determined:

that the policy and practices of Israel in establishing settlements in the Palestinian and other Arab territories occupied since 1967 have no legal validity and constitute a serious obstruction to achieving a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East.

At the time, Washington abstained. Now it obstructs by vetoing anything detrimental to Israel. According to Maged Abdelaziz, Egypt’s UN ambassador:

The statements by the secretary of state and the American administration are that ‘We are against settlements and we are not going to do anything about (them) and we don’t want you to do anything about (them). We will let Israel do what they want. We will wake up one day to find that the two-state solution has become a dream that is unachievable.

That day, in fact, long since passed, given how untenable division is after Israel expropriated all choice land and plans total Jerusalem Judaization, one home demolition and stolen dunam at a time.

On January 23, State Department spokesman PJ Crowley said “The US government is reviewing the alleged Palestinian documents released by Al-Jazeera. We cannot vouch for their veracity.” Later he added that Washington “remains focused on a two-state solution and will continue to work with the parties to narrow existing differences on core issues.”

So far, Obama and Netanyahu said nothing, and on January 24, Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal was silent.

In contrast, Financial Times contributor Nadia Hijab headlined, “Leaks will cripple Palestinian authority,” saying:

“It is likely to deal a death blow to an American-led peace process already on life support, and hasten the end of the” Oslo-created PA. Al Jazeera’s revelations confirm what’s been “clear to Palestinians for decades: their leadership” has conceded virtually all their rights, getting nothing back in return. Ahead are “two plausible options,” likely neither of which will be taken:

— dissolving the PA, uniting all factions (including Hamas), and refocusing on liberation, the only viable goal; or

— “continu(ing) down the road of hoping” pressure will get Israel to yield what it never did before.

Because of PA treachery, it looks “increasingly (like) a hollow shell, that may soon be blown away. The winds are coming from Tunisia. Palestine may be next.”

A Final Comment

Haaretz writer, Akiva Eldar, said Al Jazeera’s bombshell “trump(ed) WikiLeaks.” Perhaps so if duplicitous peace talks end, exposed Israeli/US perfidy weaken their influence internationally, PA credibility crumbles, then self-destructs, inspiring Palestinians to unite under viable leaders, choosing liberation as their goal.

Achieving those objectives won’t come easily or soon, but what’s more important than seizing a rare opportunity for change. Tunisian winds are spreading regionally. Thousands are demonstrating in Tunis, other Tunisian cities, Algeria, Yemen, Jordan, and may erupt anywhere from Morocco to Egypt to Occupied Palestine.

Sustained grassroots anger brings change, and what better reasons than poverty, unemployment, repression, occupation, and suffocating conditions under siege. Maybe exposed PA treachery created a rare chance seldom possible. Now’s the time to seize it.

Stephen Lendman wrote How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War. Contact him at: Also visit his blog site and listen to The Global Research News Hour on Mondays from 11AM-1PM US Central time for cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests. All programs are archived for easy listening. Read other articles by Stephen.

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  1. Ismail Zayid said on January 25th, 2011 at 9:36am #

    Abbas and his ‘set’, in this incredible capitulation of Palestinian rights, have clearly complied with the orders of their masters in Tel Aviv and Washington. However, despite all this capitulation, Israel clearly confirms its longstanding determination to annul Palestine and the Palestinians from its history books.

    Can there be any more shocking epoch of history?

  2. MichaelKenny said on January 25th, 2011 at 9:59am #

    It can usefully be repeated for the umpteenth time: Wikileaks does not guarantee the accuracy of the documents. Thus, none of these documents prove the truth of their content nor contradict the denials of the persons named in them. Even if true, they would be part of an ongoing negotiation process where everything has to be put on the table. Moreover, the documents date from 2008. It was only from the bank crisis at the end of 2008 that the world realised that the US was collpasing. Thus, even if any of this is true, it took place in the context of an “invincible” Israel, with its American bully solidly and eternally behind it. Things are very different today. The “peace process” is effectively over, since, once the US collapses, the Palestinians will have no need to negotiate about anything. Essentially, the Israelis will have to accept whatever terms the Palestinians offer them. That, indeed, may well explain why Al Jazeera published the documents: the elite in the Gulf monarchies are now backing Hamas, which effectively won the last Palestinian election, and are ditching Fatah. All this could fit in with the appointment of a Hesbollah prime minister in Lebanon. And could, indeed, be a knock-on effect of events in Tunisia. Uneasy may lie the heads of those who wear the crowns in the Gulf!

  3. shabnam said on January 25th, 2011 at 10:09am #

    {The “peace process” is effectively over, since, once the US collapses, the Palestinians will have no need to negotiate about anything. Essentially, the Israelis will have to accept whatever terms the Palestinians offer them.}

    If you are taking your MEDICINE please STOP it now.
    If not, then take your MEDICINE now.

  4. mary said on January 25th, 2011 at 10:51am #

    The reality of the situation.

    Israel’s European Friends Get Active
    By David Cronin

    BRUSSELS, Jan 25, 2011 (IPS) – The pro-Israel lobby is seeking to increase its influence among members of Europe’s parliaments by offering them an expenses-paid trip to the Middle East.

    Brochures circulated in several elected assemblies invite their representatives to take part in a visit to Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories, organised by the group European Friends of Israel (EFI). Established in 2006, the EFI has emerged as Europe’s closest equivalent to the America Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the most powerful pro-Israel lobby group in Washington.

    The brochures give no details about how the visit from Feb. 5 to 8 is being financed, other than requesting a 300 euro (408 dollars) contribution from each member of parliament who accepts the invitation. The contribution, which will only cover a fraction of the visit’s costs, is described as “non- mandatory”.

    Marek Siwiec, a Polish member of the European Parliament (MEP) who sits on the EFI board, said the organisation has a “fundraising system, where the money is coming from the private sector.” When asked to name its main donors, Siwiec referred IPS to the organisation’s Brussels office.


  5. shabnam said on January 25th, 2011 at 10:54am #

    The “peace process” is effectively over, since, once the US collapses, the Palestinians will have no need to negotiate about anything. Essentially, the Israelis will have to accept whatever terms the Palestinians offer them.

    Do we really need a Mossad/CIA agent, Assange, tells us about traitors like Salam Fayyad appreciated by the Zionists including Noam Chomsky, Abbas, Dahlan(an Israeli spy who became a millionaire overnight by selling Palestinians, Mahmoud Abbas (a Zionist spy), Saeb Erekat, an impotent ‘negotiator’ and a petty man, that these people have ‘betrayed’ Palestinian people. Wikileaks by ‘leaking’ the ‘secret papers’ intends shade a ‘light’ on ‘sell out Palestinians’ who have been forced by Judeofascists behave as such to deliver the stolen land of Palestinians to thieves and terrorists who CAME FROM EUROPE as COLLONISTS.
    This is nothing but disinformation to direct people’s attention on pettiness of ‘Palestinian leaders in the service of Zionism and their STOOGES at the WH, senate, Congress and the media BLACK & WHITE.
    Julian Assange has a mission to make Zionist information stick to gullible people brain where we have plenty in the west. Wikileaks is trying to make the criminal activities of judeofascists ‘normal’ and ‘acceptable’ by repeating the information which is KNOWN TO EVERYONE including the CHILDREN.
    The closet zionists can not fool anyone except themselves. Julian Assange is a MOSSAD/CIA agent and his job is to make disinformation ‘acceptable’ and ‘credible’ to ignorant Westerners, because no one in the region believes or follows the lies of Assange, a Mossad agent.
    I want to know who did not know the ‘leaked’ informations?
    Why don’t you leak information about the Judeofascists crimes against humanity. Why don’t you leak information related to ways that Judeofascists FORCE their puppet to OBEY. Why don’t you leak their desinged assassinations against so many people? Why don’t leak information about zionist stooges who obey the leadership of zionism, like Obama, H. Rotten Clinton and Biden?

  6. hayate said on January 25th, 2011 at 11:11am #

    I initially thought these papers were part of the wikileaks material and they had begun giving the documents to other news sources (since they did pass along some to Counterpunch recently). It looks like these are unconnected to wikileaks and more devastating to what wikileaks has. Wikileaks provided the idea, but has dropped the ball, now others have taken that ball up and are running with it.

    Hopefully, this will consign the “old guard” quislings to oblivion and the Palestinians can get a new leadership together that DOES represent them.

  7. bozh said on January 25th, 2011 at 11:12am #

    i’d be carefull in making conclusion about anything revealed to us in lendman’s piece or, rather, wikileaks.

    i base this conclusion on the fact that what is won in a war can only be gotten back in another war.

    i aslo expect that pal’n and israeli ‘negotiators’ r aware of this fact. however, u.s. wants ‘negotiations’ and that’s it– u.s. gets to ‘negotiate’ as it did for ?two centuries with indigenes of america.

    palestina is no more. only u.s. can restore it by either an ultimatum to ‘jews’ or arming arabs.

    in addition, the leaks might have been redacted or even faked! tnx

  8. hayate said on January 25th, 2011 at 11:24am #

    Well done piece from Lendman – forgot to mention that.

    This is another article on the subject worth reading:

    January 25, 2011 We Told You So! The Palestine Papers and What They Reveal About the US/Israeli Agenda



  9. mary said on January 25th, 2011 at 4:16pm #

    Stephen Lendman refers to British involvement – British intelligence’s “central role (in) drawing up a secret plan to crush Hamas…;”

    Black and Milne have written further on this today and confirm MI6’s involvement in the plan to smash Hamas. Note the involvement of the Quartet Peace Envoy in the plan!


    Almost all this was known or could be surmised. But written confirmation is welcome. What was set up was little different from the regime under the Mandate. The Guardian is hiding the fact that some religious men have been tortured to death. We recall the torture of Sheikh Barghouti who was heard crying out ‘Allah will forgive you’ as he was beaten to death. The quislings claimed he died of a coronary but a group of lawyers had a post mortem performed and truth was out.

    We say that calling Abbas, Erekat, Fayyad et al quislings is too lame. They are on a par with the Israeli intelligence Shin Bet who stoop to anything.

  10. jayn0t said on January 25th, 2011 at 5:13pm #

    Kathleen Christison’s article on Counterpunch is the usual fare. She quotes a fellow CIA spook saying the US ‘has always followed a path of political expediency, “at the cost of decency, justice and our clear, long-term interests”‘. Differentiating between ‘expediency’ and ‘long-term interests’, she thinks the problem with US policy toward Palestine is short-termism! It’s no good whining about ‘ignominy’. What’s needed is a critique of J-power.

    She quotes the ‘Guardian’ accusing the USA of ‘bullying the weak and holding the hand of the strong’. But this doesn’t describe US foreign policy. It’s not that the US supports the strong, it’s that the strong are whomever the US supports. In 1956, president Eisenhower, a major war criminal, and not a bleeding-heart liberal, supported Egypt against Israel.

  11. Deadbeat said on January 25th, 2011 at 6:19pm #

    What’s needed is a critique of J-power.

    Correct! The 3rd rail of the pseudo-Left.

  12. hayate said on January 25th, 2011 at 7:27pm #

    Rice: US army presence in Iraq protects Israel By JPOST.COM STAFF 01/24/2011 12:20


    “Former US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice reassured Israel that the US military presence in Iraq should calm any Israeli security concerns “from the east,” minutes from a 2008 trilateral meeting between Rice and the Israeli and Palestinian negotiation teams reveal.

    Discussing the needs of Israel regarding Palestinian security forces in a future-Palestinian state, former foreign minister Tzipi Livni expressed concern over a third-party military force protecting a Palestinian state’s external borders. Secretary Rice inserted, “At this time there is no threat from the east because our forces are in Iraq and will stay there for a long time.” Chief Palestinian Authority negotiator Saeb Erekat added, “For a very, very long time.”


  13. Deadbeat said on January 25th, 2011 at 8:14pm #

    These leaks, I hope, will forever end the idea that the war on Iraq was “for oil”. The pseudo-Left who promoted that the war on Iraq was for oil or “resources” is a shameful bunch with no credibility whatsoever.

  14. jayn0t said on January 26th, 2011 at 8:17am #

    This article cites Edward Said saying Mahmoud Abbas “wants to please the white man”. Said’s problem was, he fused Jewish racism with white racism, colonialism and so on. This is not a strategy for helping the Palestinians. It fails to separate European and Jewish interests. White racism is not pro-Semitic. If the West was racist, it would have no bias in the Israel-Palestine dispute! Said was the American left’s pet Palestinian. ‘Nuff Said.

  15. hayate said on January 26th, 2011 at 9:25pm #

    Hamas: “Abbas No Longer Authorized To Negotiate On Behalf Of the Palestinians”

    Wednesday January 26, 2011 04:30author by Saed Bannoura – IMEMC & Agencies


    “The Hamas movement in Gaza stated that Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, does not represent the Palestinian people, and is no longer authorized to negotiate with Israel on behalf of the Palestinians.

    Hamas political leader, Khalil al-Hayya, stated that Hamas is withdrawing its authorization granted to Abbas under the National Unity Agreement of 2006, which was never implemented.”


    Been waiting for this opening salvo.

  16. hayate said on January 26th, 2011 at 9:40pm #

    MI6 offered to detain Hamas figures British government also provided financial support for two Fatah security forces linked to torture. Gregg Carlstrom Last Modified: 25 Jan 2011 19:35 GMT

    “The Palestine Papers reveal that the British government played a significant role in equipping and funding the Palestinian security forces, several of which have been linked to torture and other abuses. The “rendition plan”

    More unbelievably, the UK’s MI-6 intelligence service proposed detaining members of Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad, an extraordinary –and illegal – scheme in which the European Union would have paid for their detention.

    Under the heading “degrading the capabilities of the rejectionist groups,” the MI-6 document suggests:

    “… the disruption of their leaderships’ communications and command and control capabilities; the detention of key middle-ranking officers; and the confiscation of their arsenals and financial resources held within the Occupied Territories. US and – informally – UK monitors would report both to Israel and to the Quartet. We could also explore the temporary internment of leading Hamas and PIJ figures, making sure they are welltreated, with EU funding.”


    The British establishment needs to burn on the next Guy Fawkes Day. You know, I really don’t understand the British people putting up with these ziofascist public skoolbois who are applying the buggery practiced upon themselves at school to the whole of the British people by sucking up to ziofascist war criminals who make the nazis look like angels.

  17. 3bancan said on January 26th, 2011 at 9:51pm #

    hayate said on January 26th, 2011 at 9:40pm #

    The Anglo-Saxons have always been the most treacherous tribe on earth…

  18. hayate said on January 26th, 2011 at 10:10pm #

    A dangerous shift on 1967 lines US position on borders perhaps opens the door to dangerous Israeli ambitions to transfer non-Jewish citizens. Ali Abunimah Last Modified: 24 Jan 2011 19:42 GMT

    “One of the more astonishing revelations in The Palestine Papers — detailed records and minutes of the Middle East peace process leaked to Al Jazeera — is that the administration of US President Barack Obama effectively repudiated the Road Map, which has formed the basis of the “peace process” since 2003. In doing so it has backed away even from commitments made by the George W. Bush administration and blown an irreparable hole in the already threadbare “two-state solution.”

    But even worse, the US position perhaps unwittingly opens the door to dangerous Israeli ambitions to transfer — or ethnically cleanse — non-Jewish Palestinian citizens of Israel in order to create an ethnically pure “Jewish state.”….