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

Posted By Daniel Greenfield On July 18, 2013 @ 9:20 am In The Point | 5 Comments

John Kerry and Saeb Erekat [1]

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 [2] 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.


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.

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