Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Of Course, Erekat Lies


The chief Palestinian negotiator, Saeb Erekat, told diplomats at a dinner in Jerusalem on Friday night that they needed to put more pressure on Israel for the peace talks to progress. Since the latest round of negotiations began, Mr. Erekat said, Israel has demolished 159 Palestinian homes, killed 23 Palestinians and moved forward on constructing 5,992 new apartments in West Bank settlements. 

“We can deliver an agreement if we have a partner in the state of Israel willing to stand up and say, ‘We want a two-state solution on the 1967 border,’ ” Mr. Erekat said in a speech marking the United Nations-declared day of solidarity with the Palestinians. “I am the most disadvantaged negotiator in the history of the world — I have no army, no navy, no air force, no border; I have no economy.”

Erekat is soooo good at lying.

a) Netanyahu has said "we want a two-state solution" since 2009.  However, "on the 1967 border" is part of the negotiations.  Israel does not have to completely withdraw.

b) Actually, the PA has military forces - multiple, helicopters, boats and temporary borders, certainly no less than Israel did between 1949-1967.

c)  And the PA does have an economy and a stock exchange, even.

And this is the worst:
Mr. Erekat told the diplomats that the Palestinians could never accede to Israel’s demand that they recognize it as the nation-state of the Jewish people. “I cannot change my narrative,” he said. “The essence of peace is not to convert each other’s stories.”


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