Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has given U.S. special envoy George Mitchell a list of written proposals for reaching a peace agreement with Israel, which includes leaving the Jewish Quarter in Jerusalem and Western Wall under Israeli control, Arabic-language daily Al-Hayat reported on Saturday.
According to the report, Abbas offered Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a set of concrete proposals for a peace deal, including proposals on borders and security arrangements.
Abbas is said to have proposed the creation of a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders, but with a land swap encompassing 2.3 percent, which would leave larger settlement blocs such as Gush Etzion, Pisgat Ze’ev and Modi’in Ilit in Israel’s hands, along with a swathe of land overlooking Ben-Gurion International Airport.
This type of proposal from an unconstitutional government hearkens back to the unsuccessful Camp David talks in 2000 between Ehud Barak and Yasser Arafat. As Norman Finkelstein explained, “judged from the perspective of Palestinians’ and Israelis’ respective rights under international law, all the concessions at Camp David came from the Palestinian side, none from the Israeli side.”
We shouldn’t be surprised, though–at every opportunity, from the Goldstone report to the flotilla massacre, the Abbas government disregards international law and has shown that they will take any chance to cower in front of Israel’s demands. And yet, as the past two decades showed, they will get nothing but settlements, wars and massacres in return.