Public Negotiations began amid great fanfare in Washington DC. Saeb Ereklat sat next to a war criminal (Tsipi Livni who is responsible for massacre of hundreds of civilians in Gaza) and across from the Israeli lobbyist Indyk (representing the US) after giving up on the requirement (that is part of Oslo and the Road map) for a settlement freeze and settling for informal verbal assurances. This is the same Erekat who has been fruitlessly “negotiating” for 20 years along the sa,e lines (hence his book titled “Life is negotiations”). It is the same person who the Palestine Papers leaked to AlJazeera was shown giving one after another concession while the Israeli side yawned and asked for more (see http://www.aljazeera.com/
But most disturbingly, Abbas and Erekat accepted Martin Indyk as a US key broker in the talks. Indyk was appointed as US envoy to the “peace process”. Indyk will broker the deal between Erekat and Livni even though Indyk is a Zionist Jew who was an Israeli lobbyist. Indyk took leave of absence from the Zionist group the Brookings institute in Washington DC. A major funder of this institute is Haim Saban (see more about Saban athttp://www.mediamonitors.net/
Ya’alon said, “Releasing prisoners came as a result of choosing a bad option over a worse option… We reached the decision to avoid the worse [option]. Many strategic considerations, which may be revealed in the future, stood behind this, and hence we must go forward with a release of pre-Oslo prisoners.”
Netanyahu said it even more clearly: that he refused to accept borders of 1967 or a settlement freeze.
Palestinian Authority police prevent a Palestinian march and attack demonstrators who object to the unilateral decision by Abu Mazen to return to negotiations http://www.
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