Are Palestinian Negotiators Flexible?

Palestinian diplomats have persuaded diplomats from Europe and many nations that Palestinian negotiators are actually highly flexible. The only thing this proves is that Palestinian diplomats are highly adept at diplomatic deception. Every time there has been an attempted final status negotiation between Israel and the Palestinian Authority have Palestinian negotiators demanded that Israel capitulate to all Palestinian demands while refusing to make any concessions whatsoever other than offering miniscule so-called “territorial exchange” as if Judea and Samaria were part of an existing sovereign Palestinian state. 

In fact, Palestinian negotiators have consistently behaved as if they had won the conflict and were able to impose the terms in demanding Israeli capitulation including implementation of a so-called “Palestinian right of return” which would end any two-state solution. 

How is it then possible that Palestinian diplomats have been able to persuade international interlocutors that Palestinian negotiators are “flexible”? The explanation provided for the extreme rejectionism is that they are merely “hiding their cards”. How can international interlocutors be so ignorant, naive and gullible?

Published by Daniella Bartfeld

Daniella Bartfeld is the founding director of the Aliyah Organization

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