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To: GUSTAVE JAEGER who wrote (2927)8/25/2001 1:01:18 AM
From: Nadine Carroll  Read Replies (1) | Respond to of 23325
 
re: Although the right of return is a legitimate claim by the Palestinians, it's a fallacy to pretend that it was the cause of the wrecking... Everybody knows that the real, only deadlock in the peace negociations is the status of Jerusalem and the Jews' deadly game to keep it under 100%-Jewish control

I don't know who your "everybody" is. I am repeating what the main negotiators, primarily Yossi Beilin, Saeb Erekat and Dennis Ross said was the cause. (Read Dennis Ross's interview in the New York Times Magazine)They are in a position to know. You are distorting the record.

Barak offered shared sovereignty in Jerusalem, including shared sovereignty over the Temple Mount.

Sharon is using Arafat's salami tactics against him. For years, Arafat would demand first one concession, then another, then another, for some action on his part that never seemed to be quite forthcoming. Sharon is saying that Arafat can lose assets piece by piece for continuing the intifada. He took the battle to Arafat's favorite battleground: political symbolism. Besides, it was a very restrained reaction to a suicide bomber that had just killed 15 and wounded 100 more, with Arafat's incitement and blessing.

Arafat and most of the Palestinian leaders have always hinted at the highly symbolic nature of that claim and allowed for the details of implementation to be loose enough so that, practically, it wouldn't set up a demographic imbalance in Israel.

You name the position, Arafat has said it at some time to somebody. His words have never had the slightest bearing on his actions. But he didn't say anything like this at Camp David or Taba, when an actual deal was on the table and a compromise could have sealed it.