diplomatically and would resume unilateral efforts to seek recognition for anindependent Palestinian state at U.N. institutions.
The Palestinian Authority is supported by outside money from both Europe and theU.S. So, even though they have declared the talks at an end after five sessions, theymay have to eventually go back to the table in order to keep the euros and dollarsflowing.The Israelis have agreed to keep talking and, amazingly, even made a proposal onborders. Granted, it was a maximum position proposal but it was, indeed, aproposal. The Palestinians immediately rejected it.
The Jerusalem Post
,“Palestinian officials said Friday that Israel’s presentation of its ideas for border and security arrangements of a future Palestinian state at a meeting in Amman onWednesday was a nonstarter, envisaging a fenced-off territory of cantons that would preserve most Jewish settlements.Israel’s envoy to the talks, Yitzhak Molcho, outlined the principles and parametersWednesday night for the Palestinians that will guide Israel’s policy on border issues,an Israeli government official said. According to the official, Molcho did not draw aline on a map, but rather spoke in general principles about what Israel would takeinto consideration when drawing that line.“He killed the two-state solution, set aside previous agreements and international law,” PLO source said of Molcho’s presentation. “Basically, the Israeli idea of aPalestinian state is made up of a wall and settlements.” An Israeli official said the presentation was in line with a framework for talks set by the Quartet – the United States, European Union, Russia and the United Nations.Its aim is to ensure that the core issues of borders and security were clearly set out by January 26, with the goal of relaunching negotiations stalled since November 2010, to reach a framework peace accord by the end of this year. After five rounds of talks in Jordan, including Wednesday’s session, the Palestiniansource said there are no more meetings scheduled. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has said he wants to consult Arab League states on the next move. According to the Palestinian source, Molcho’s team suggested that any solutioncreating a Palestinian state living in peace alongside Israel needs to “preserve thesocial and economic fabric of all communities, Jewish or Palestinian.” The idea presented by Molcho “does not include Jerusalem and the Jordan Valley,and includes almost all [Jewish] settlements,” the Palestinian official said.