Photostream : Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak meets Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, right, meets with Palestinian authority President Mahmoud Abbas, centre, at the Presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Jan. 24, 2011. Talks come within the framework of efforts aimed at reviving the Middle East peace process. At left is Senior Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

From right to left, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak meets with Palestinian authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Senior Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat, Egyptian foreign minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit and Abbas spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh at the Presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Jan. 24, 2011. Talks come within the framework of efforts aimed at reviving the Middle East peace process. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak (R) talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (C) and Palestinian Chief Negotiator, Saeb Erekat, during their meeting at the presidential palace in Cairo, January 24, 2011. Palestinian negotiators secretly told Israel it could keep swathes of occupied East Jerusalem, according to leaked documents that show Palestinians offering much bigger peace concessions than previously revealed. The documents, obtained by the Al Jazeera television channel, could undermine Abbas's position, whose public declarations about Jerusalem are at odds with what his officials were promising in private. REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih

Palestinian authority President Mahmoud Abbas, right, listens to Senior Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat during a press conference following his meeting with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, not pictured, at the Presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Jan. 24, 2011. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

Leaked document shows what the Palestinian Authority really thinks of Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) shakes hands with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (R) as U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton looks on at the State Department in Washington September 2, 2010. REUTERS/Jim Young

In meet between Saeb Erekat and U.S. diplomat David Hale, Erekat describes difficulty arranging a phone call with Netanyahu, says Israelis want a two state solution ‘sometimes more than Palestinians.’

Jan 23 (KATAKAMI.COM / HAARETZ) — A document leaked by Al-Jazeera TV on Sunday reveals a string of unsuccessful interactions between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Palestinian Authority, as well as a serious mistrust between the two sides.

The document, from January 15, 2010 is a summary of a meeting in Jericho between Palestinian Authority negotiator Saeb Erekat and the United States diplomat David Hale.

During the meeting, Erekat complained about Netanyahu and National Security Advisor, Uzi Arad, describing incidents where he couldn’t manage to arrange a phone conversation between Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas.

“I called Uzi Arad before Passover and arranged a call from Abbas to Netanyahu to congratulate him. I got nothing. Come Ramadan, the feast, nothing. I called them to meet from the beginning, they kept canceling. This is Netanyahu,” Erekat told Hale during the meeting.

The meeting between the two took place shortly after Netanyahu’s cabinet had agreed to a 10 month freeze on West Bank settlement building.

Hale apparently pressured Erekat to renew negotiations with Israel, emphasizing to him that the U.S. government wanted to do this in a way that would honor the Palestinian viewpoint. He also told Erekat “a freeze in Jerusalem is beyond reach,” saying that Netanyahu would never agree to it.

Further on in their conversation, Erekat tells Hale “Abbas will not allow Netanyahu to do to him what he did to Arafat.”

“Abbas is the father of the peace camp,” Erekat tells Hale. “His heart aches when he sees families thrown into the streets of Jerusalem.”

He describes the Palestinian Authority desire for a state with “’67 borders with agreed swaps” and tells Hale “That is also your postion so say it.”

“Israelis want the two state solution but they don’t trust. They want it more than you think, sometimes more than Palestinians,” Erekat says.

He mentions a paper that lays out the Palestinian Authority position on negotiations, saying “What is in that paper gives them the biggest Jerusalem in Jewish history, symbolic number of refugees return, demilitarized state… What more can I give?”.  (*)

Palestinian chief negotiator rejects plan for 'provisional state'

Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat

Jan 23 (KATAKAMI.COM / RIA NOVOSTI) — Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat has rejected a plan for a Palestinian state in provisional borders drafted by the Israeli foreign minister.

The Palestinians seek to create an independent state on the territories of West Bank, East Jerusalem, partially occupied by Israel, and the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip.

Israeli media unveiled on Sunday a ‘map of a Palestinian state’ drafted by Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman in an effort to resolve the long-standing Arab-Israeli conflict.

“After a Palestinian state has been established in provisional borders, it would be possible to resume diplomatic negotiations and maybe reach agreements on transferring additional territory to the Palestinian state,” Ha’aretz quoted a senior Foreign Ministry official as saying.

Referring to the proposal, the Palestinian negotiator said: “Lieberman’s plan came after the Israelis felt embarrassed and isolated by the international community, which has gradually supported the establishment of a Palestinian state with east Jerusalem as its capital.”

“This is why they are trying to turn the ball over to the Palestinian and Arab side,” quoted Erekat’s statement.

Earlier this week, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev reaffirmed Russia’s endorsement of an independent Palestinian state. Erekat described the statement as “an historic move to make the Palestinians proud for a very long time to come.”  (*)

GAZA, January 23


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