Chief Palestinian Negotiator Claims Not To Have Pre-Conditions for Talks, Lists Pre-Conditions for Talks

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


John Kerry and Saeb Erekat

The Peace Process between Israel and the terrorists has become like one of those washed up rock stars who still does shows but no one really expects anything from him anymore. Everyone knows the routine, the bizarre antics and the crazy statements.

While Kerry frantically tries to restart the peace talks, the terrorist side wants pre-conditions for even talking to Israel. Setting pre-conditions to negotiations means you don’t really want to negotiate.

But their chief negotiator has an easy answer for that.

Chief Palestinian Negotiator Saeb Erekat was speaking to reporters shortly after Kerry met in Ramallah with PA President Mahmoud Abbas -  the third meeting of its kind between the two since last Friday.

“We don’t have pre-conditions for the resumption of the negotiations,” Erekat said. “There are obligations that Israel should fulfill – halting settlement construction, accepting the principle of the two-state solution and releasing prisoners imprisoned before the end of 1994.”

So Erekat and his boss Abbas, who is swiftly running out of Prime Minister and isn’t bothering with elections anymore, don’t have “pre-conditions” for talks.

Nope.

What they have are obligations that they unilaterally invented and expect Israel to accept. Those obligations including releasing terrorists with blood on their hands and preemptively ceding all the land that the Palestinian Authority wants to it.

You might expect that these obligations would come about as the outcome of a peace process. But nope. The PA doesn’t bother to negotiate anymore. It demands concessions in exchange for attending negotiations.

But don’t call them concessions. Call them obligations.

  • Veracious_one
  • objectivefactsmatter

    “We don’t have pre-conditions for the resumption of the negotiations,” Erekat said. “There are obligations that Israel should fulfill – halting settlement construction, accepting the principle of the two-state solution and releasing prisoners imprisoned before the end of 1994.”

    He learned this BS from Bill Clinton.

  • Gee

    Actually yesterday Abbas announced yet another precondition. He demanded the Israel allow the EU to build him an airport in Judea

    • Raymond_in_DC

      Abbas also insisted that Israel grant more visas and permits for jobs in Israel. *And* support construction of a hotel or two on the Dead Sea to promote more tourism to “Palestine”. But those too are not to be considered pre-conditions.

  • herb benty

    Did you see the ridiculous expression on Kerry’s face? Abbas, who personally has ordered terrorist attacks. How about the Fogel family that were knifed to death as they slept, or the evil brute that dashed an Israeli child’s head on a rock. Is that who Israel must release? How do you negotiate with pure religious-based insanity