The Palestine Papers
Posted on Jan 23, 2011
Thousands of pages of secret Palestinian records spanning a decade of peace negotiations have been obtained by The Guardian. The documents show a surprising history of concessions by Palestinian negotiators in trying to resolve the long-simmering conflict. —JCL
The biggest leak of confidential documents in the history of the Middle East conflict has revealed that Palestinian negotiators secretly agreed to accept Israel’s annexation of all but one of the settlements built illegally in occupied East Jerusalem. This unprecedented proposal was one of a string of concessions that will cause shockwaves among Palestinians and in the wider Arab world.
A cache of thousands of pages of confidential Palestinian records covering more than a decade of negotiations with Israel and the US has been obtained by al-Jazeera TV and shared exclusively with the Guardian. The papers provide an extraordinary and vivid insight into the disintegration of the 20-year peace process, which is now regarded as all but dead.
AP / Charles Dharapak
President Barack Obama looks on as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas shake hands at a summit in New York in 2009.