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Ashrawi: Negotiations have proven to be self-defeating
Published Wednesday 23/04/2014 (updated) 24/04/2014 14:38
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- PLO official Hanan Ashrawi said Wednesday that peace negotiations have proven to be "self-defeating" as Israel continues to violate international law on the ground.

"Negotiations have proven to be self-defeating -- there are built-in flaws in negotiations that continue to be repeated at the expense of the Palestinian people, their lands and resources," Ashrawi said while meeting with a delegation of German parliamentarians in Ramallah.

"It is damaging and counterproductive to negotiate for the sake of negotiations without making Israel commit to the requirements of peace and international law."

The PLO official also urged the European Union to play a greater role in peacemaking in order to "translate its economic clout into the ability to influence political realities."

Israel has announced plans for thousands of illegal settler homes in the occupied West Bank and killed over 60 Palestinians since peace talks began in July.
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1 ) Outlier / USA
23/04/2014 18:07
These negotiations have been self-defeating because one must give as well as get to be successful, something the Palestinians are unwilling or unable to do. No quid pro quo, no change; the current situation goes on forever.

2 ) ian / australia
26/04/2014 10:07
#1 Outlier is interesting. Ostensibly a reasonable guy, it seems that to support Israel one needs to enter a kind of fantasy world where "negotiations" were an equitable process, carried out in good faith, with a chance of success. (Whether it's cynical or delusional is hard to tell.) He can then scold the Palestinians for not co-operating, compromising or being prepared to "give as well as get". The truth, of course, is that the Israeli "offer", which was basically nothing, was NON-negotiable

3 ) ian / australia
26/04/2014 10:09
(contd.) and all the Palestinians could hope to "get" was screwed. So it's clearly a step in the right direction to ditch the model of "negotiations" once and for all. But the truth is in the last bit: the limp threat that "the current situation goes on forever". It's what Outlier and Co. actually want because Palestinian powerlessness, is essentially what they've ALWAYS argued for, in their convoluted way. And the recent bold moves, joining the UN conventions and the formation, insha'Allah,

4 ) ian / australia
26/04/2014 10:10
(contd.) of a unity government, are freaking them out because they represent Israel losing control of Palestinian destiny. And the more Palestinians empower themselves, the more hysterical and extreme the current national tizzy fit is likely to get. Which is nice.
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