August 21, 2013
WHENEVER YOU SIT DOWN TO NEGOTIATE...:US letter guaranteed our preconditions, PA negotiator says (Elhanan Miller, August 20, 2013, Times of Israel)
The Palestinians would not have returned to the negotiating table with Israel were it not for an American letter of assurances guaranteeing their main negotiating preconditions, chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said on Tuesday.
In a lengthy interview with Nazareth-based A-Shams radio, Erekat said that the US had assured Palestinians in writing that talks would recognize the pre-1967 lines as the basis of a Palestinian state; would deal with all core issues (Jerusalem, refugees, borders, security and water); would take place within a six- to nine-month timetable; and would not allow for any provisional or interim solutions before a final status agreement was signed. Erekat also said that an American-Israeli agreement existed regarding settlements, but did not elaborate on its contents.
...one side has already won.
Posted by Orrin Judd at August 21, 2013 11:38 AM