The Arabic news network Al Jazeera has obtained more than 1,600 classified documents detailing a decade of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. The documents include memos, emails, maps, meeting minutes, strategy papers, and accounts of “high level exchanges” between 1999 to 2010. Among the most significant revelations so far is the apparent willingness of the Palestinian Authority to make significant concessions on the issue of illegal Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem, which then Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni’s refused to accept because it did not include other settlements in the West Bank. The leaks are expected to be damaging to Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian Authority, who were unable to obtain a peace deal with the Israelis despite making offers and concessions that would not necessarily be in the best interests of the Palestinian people.
‘Palestine Papers’ reveal details of a decade of negotiations
Palestinian Authority open to significant concessions
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