Ethan Bronner at Tel Aviv Univ. Photo:Itzik Edri
Sometimes I like reading the url because it tells us about how a writer plans on pulling the wool over our eyes. Ethan Bronner’s article, headlined “Israelis Say Settlements Must Be Part of Israeli State” is like that. The article is about the Quartet’s Jan 26th deadline for both sides to present “comprehensive proposals on territory and security“, although Bronner, unsurprisingly, adopts Israel’s framing of the proposal deadline as merely a request for “an approach”:
[T]he European Union, Russia, the United Nations and the United States —required both sides to present their approach to borders and security by this week.
But look at the url, and the very top of the browser page: “Details Emerge on Israeli Offer on 2 State Solution”.
There’s no offer of a 2 state solution in the making and no proposal, but we are all quite familiar with the Israeli ‘approach’ by now. Bronner claims Wednesday night the GOI ” formally told the Palestinian Authority how it would seek to handle the territorial part of their negotiations.”
Formally? There’s a lot of wordsmithing going on here and nothing formal about “how it would seek to handle the territorial.” Why, it wasn’t even written down:
A Palestinian official said the offer “effectively abandons international law and the framework we have been focused on for the past 20 years.” Speaking on the condition of anonymity on the subject of the talks, as did Israeli officials, the Palestinian said, “If you put it in perspective, it is as if the West Bank were not occupied, just disputed, with both sides having legitimate claims, while the rest of Israel remains outside the dispute.”
“Israel’s response does not lead us to real negotiations,” said Nabil Abu Rudeineh, a spokesman for President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority.
The Palestinian official who spoke anonymously added that the Israeli negotiator, Yitzhak Molho, did not provide any written documents or maps in his discussion with the Palestinian negotiator, Saeb Erekat, and did not include Jerusalem or the Jordan Valley in what he discussed.
“In some ways, this is their way of reframing the occupation.”