Donald, the outfit that did the hatchet job on Tarazi-Buto was the conservative London think tank "Adam Smith Institute" through one of its subs the "Negotiations Support Unit" (NSU) that funded the PA and that "helped" them out in their negotiations. The monies to the effort were actually paid by the British Government and funneled to the PA via the NSU of the Adam Smith Institute.
Abbas disbanded the negotiations unit when it was discovered that 3 of its employees had leaked the 1600 documents to Al-Jazeera. Excerpt from the same article in which Khaled Amayreh wrote:
"... The NSU is funded and effectively controlled by the Adam Smith Institute (ASI), a think-tank based in London which is vulnerable to pressure from pro- Israeli circles. For example, two years ago, the ASI forced the NSU to fire two highly-qualified Palestinian-American lawyers, Michael Tarazi and Diana Butto, for going too far in defending Palestinian rights, especially during TV debates with Israeli spokesmen. According to inside sources, one of the persons who pushed for firing the two Palestinian-American lawyers is Glenn Robinson, the author or co-author of the controversial RAND project "The Arc: A Formal Structure for a Palestinian State". Eventually, Tarazi and Butto were accused by pro-Israeli lobbyists, including some British MPs, of hindering the development of the Palestinian Ministry of Information and of not ensuring sufficient coordination with the PLO. Of course, these accusations were merely red herrings...."
For the full story, go to the Adam Smith Institute and from there in the article to the section "Palestinian Negotiating Unit" halfway down in the article.
Netanyahu wasn't alone in destroying hope, he had help from the inside. The only negotiations of note reported on the Palestinian side were those in which Erekat and his team made one concession after another. The Jazeera-leaked Palestine Papers 5 years ago showed the extent of what the Palestinian negotiators had given away. Erekat says one thing like in this BBC interview but his actions go in the opposite direction
According to Jazzera, the documents contain frank admissions in which Tzipi Livni says:
“Israel takes more land [so] that the Palestinian state will be impossible . . . the Israel policy is to take more and more land day after day and that at the end of the day we’ll say that is impossible, we already have the land and we cannot create the state”. She conceded that it had been the policy of the government for a really long time.
The Jazeera article went on to say:
"Saeb Erekat, an old-time Fatah operative, is in trouble because he is revealed to have offered the Israelis much of East Jerusalem. He is also said to have been convinced by the Israelis that the future Palestinian state would not have an army, air force or navy (i.e. it would lack sovereignty over its own territory and would only be an ersatz state). Even then, the Israelis kept demanding more and more."
From other Jazeera leaked papers, Erekat, he reportedly accepted to have a token number of returnees to Israel, some absurd number like 5,000 (from a pool of over 5 million refugees.) and that it would be spread over a period of several years.
At just about the time of the release of the Jazeera Papers, that caused him to resign for 20 minutes before returning to his job. Erekat and 6 other Palestinian leaders made an ad for Israeli TV for a campaign called "Partners to Peace)". Here's Erekat's contribution in which he apologizes to Israel for the Palestinians' failure to conclude a peace deal:
“but they (the wives) continued being referred to by the people as “Jews” and “Christians” 15th Factually incorrect statement
That should have been error number 16, Zaid, number 15 is already given out. The story about the horns on the horse was in jest; Mooser corrected me by saying that these were "palmate antlers" that act as stabilizers in thin high altitude air. Check out the link that Mooser posted of the flying horse and you'll see what this is all about. Relax an stop taking this discussion so seriously.
Wife Rayhana, number 8 may or may not have been one of the official wives. After a monogamous 25-year life with wife number 1 and she died, the prophet had a series of about 20 wives, concubines and slaves, some of which were married to him in name only but most of the official wives had been widows that he wanted to help out. Rayhana was probably floating somewhere among these groups, which may have caused the confusion. Rayhana bint Zaid ibn Amar was a captured Jewish slave of the Banu Qurayza Jewish tribe that the Prophet defeated in battle. Wiki sums up opinions on her by Ibn Ishaq, al-Tabari and Ibn Saad via European writers as follows:
"Her (Rayhana) first husband was one of the 600-900 Qurayza men whom Muhammad beheaded in April 627. He enslaved all the women and selected Rayhana for himself because she was the most beautiful. When she refused to marry him, he kept her as a concubine instead. "
As to the adoption story that I didn't really want to get into, back then there was a religious law that prevented a man from marrying his daughter-in-law, even if she became divorced from his son, which in this story happened to involve an actually adopted son. A new celestial revelation to the father-in-law told him to abolish adoption , which he did, and made it retroactive thereby annulling his adoption of the son. Thereafter, the adopted son was no longer a son of any kind by virtue of the retro-law and his wife was free to marry her former father-in-law and the 3 went forward with a good relationship. The adopted son's name was Zaid and the infatuating wife was Zeinab bint Jahsh that became wife number 7. And that's how adoption became a no-no.
This discussion bound to take a bad turn which none of us want, so we should end it.