Palestine papers

Hamas Palestine papers threat in Guardian

By Robyn Rosen, January 27, 2011

A top Hamas representative has used a British newspaper to threaten an "immediate response" to the release of the Palestine Papers. Writing in the Guardian on Wednesday, Osama Hamdan, described as the head of the Hamas international relations department, said meetings had begun to "discuss practical measures".

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America needs to get bolder now

By Ben Cohen, January 27, 2011

In the current issue of Foreign Affairs, the house journal of America's foreign policy establishment, the eminent historian Howard Sachar urges the United States and its allies to impose an accord on Israel and the Palestinians, since, he says, they won't reach one by themselves.

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In Abbas we have a partner

January 27, 2011

Most of the PLO leadership reacted to the revelations on Al Jazeera and in the Guardian as if they had been caught red-handed. They claim that Qatar is behind the papers which document Israeli-Palestinian negotiations in recent years, that it is an attempt to overthrow the president of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, that they are inaccurate and taken out of context. They are boycotting Al Jazeera, and youths surround the station's offices in Ramallah threatening them.

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Palestine papers: The view from Gaza

By Mo'een El-Helou , January 27, 2011

A political earthquake has been shaking the Palestinian territories since the release of the secret memos.

Al Jazeera and Hamas have accused the PA and Mahmoud Abbas of treason. In return, chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said that all the documents that had been published over the past three days "are forged and we don't know who stands behind it".

The leaked documents appeared to show that the Palestinian negotiators agreed to hand Israel control of neighbourhoods in east Jerusalem, accept Israel as a Jewish state and give up calling for the right of return.

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Palestine papers: The view from London

By Martin Bright, January 27, 2011

Whatever we may think of the new journalistic trend of scoop by information-dump, the leaking of hundreds of documents from negotiations between the Palestinian and Israeli negotiators is an extraordinary event. We are all better informed as a result.

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Palestine papers: The view from Tel Aviv

By David Landau, January 27, 2011

"The evil thing that they perpetrated has come back at them," Moses's father-in-law Jethro rejoiced in last week's sedra. With luck, and some serious statesmanship, that could yet be the outcome of the evil thing perpetrated by Al Jazeera this week against the prospect of peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

Plainly, the skewed spin that Al Jazeera (and - how terribly sad to say so - its accessory, the Guardian) put on selectively leaked diplomatic documents from 10 years of failed peacemaking was intended to poison the Palestinians against their leaders.

It didn't happen.

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Palestine leak - what they forgot to say

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 27, 2011

One message stood out from the publication this week of internal documents of the Palestinian negotiation team by Al Jazeera and the Guardian newspaper: Israel had destroyed the best chance that it had ever had of making peace with the Palestinians.

But the claim, that in talks held from late 2008 to early 2009, Israel refused generous territorial and demographic concessions offered by the Palestinians, presents only part of the picture.

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Hamas warn 'immediate response' to Palestine leaks

By Robyn Rosen, January 26, 2011

A top Hamas representative has used a British newspaper to threaten action as an “immediate response” to the release of the Palestine papers.

Writing in the Guardian today, Osama Hamdan, described as the head of the Hamas international relations department, said a series of meetings have begun to “discuss practical measures”.

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