Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Fatah Official Says Two-State Solution Is Over

That is the "breaking news" from the Jerusalem Post:

Two-State Solution is Over

The Palestinian Authority has concluded that the peace process based on a two-state solution has failed, a senior Fatah official said on Tuesday.

His statement came as PA officials repeated their rejection of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's proposal to extend the settlement construction moratorium if the Palestinian leadership recognizes Israel as a Jewish state.

Mahmoud Aloul, member of the Fatah Central Committee, said that "Israel's racist policies… were meant to undermine the peace process."

"The Palestinian Authority made every effort to avoid reaching this conclusion, but Israeli racist policies led to the failure of the peace process," he added.

Israel requested that they be recognized by the PA as a Jewish State, and they refused. Somehow this represents a "racist policy"? Huh? Well, maybe this is also the fault of the Americans:

"The Americans left us no choice but to stop the peace negotiations," he said. The Palestinian leadership has briefed the Arab leaders on the difficult situation and we have asked them to start taking real measures on the ground.

OR - maybe THIS is the problem:

PLO negotiators Saeb Erekat and Nabil Shaath also reiterated their refusal to recognize Israel as a Jewish state.

This is probably just the typical round of politics being played and a way to see if they will be offered even more to come back to the table. This is a long process and thus far Israel has lost more and more land while the PA has conceded absolutely nothing. They are patient and perhaps they will simply wait until the situation is more favorable to their needs.

It will be interesting to see what the next developments are in this ongoing process.

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