"Palestine Papers": PA/PLO Palestine and Beyond, p.2

note:
9/21 NYT Article saiys US PAYS PA/PLO & NGOs for "peacekeeping" - media put spotlight onto partisan opposition' charade, NYT 'disappears' the article
(originally "Israel, WH chill, warms Republican Party")
"Unbending support for Israel has long been a bipartisan tenet of U.S. politics"
Republicans build closer bond with Israel
By JENNIFER STEINHAUER and STEVEN LEE MYERS The New York Times
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2016266300_israelgop21...
WASHINGTON — When the Obama administration wanted to be certain Congress would not block $50 million in new aid to the Palestinian Authority last month, it turned to a singularly influential lobbyist: Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. At the request of the U.S. Embassy and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Netanyahu urged dozens of Congress members visiting Israel in August not to object to the aid, according to congressional and diplomatic officials. Israel views the money, provided since 2007, as helping to foster stability by supporting Palestinian government services and professionalizing security forces....Since 2007, the United States has spent $600 million a year supporting the Palestinians, training its security forces, providing direct budget assistance to the Palestinian coffers for essential services and delivering humanitarian assistance through nongovernmental organizations working in the West Bank and Gaza....The notifications required to Congress before releasing the aid gives committee leaders the power to put holds on delivery of the aid — something the administration sought to avoid by urging Netanyahu to intervene to keep the money flowing last month.
While the U.S. aid to the Palestinians has been viewed with suspicion by some of Israel's supporters, the Israeli government, especially security officials, have expressed support for it....
Unbending support for Israel has long been a bipartisan tenet of U.S. politics, but Netanyahu's popularity in Congress runs deeper than ever. When he appeared before Congress in the spring, his speech rebutting Obama's ambitious peace proposals was interrupted by nearly three dozen standing ovations.

Palestine Papers blow away carefully constructed strategic information 'perceptions'
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW about the US led imperialist-zionist 'Peace Process'
1/24/11 PALESTINE PAPERS DOCUMENTS
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/series/palestine-papers-documents

9/17/11 " Mr. Abbas makes his strongest political and symbolic act by going to the Council"
Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas said his call for statehood was not meant to isolate Israel.... he was not seeking to delegitimize Israel, only to advance negotiations between two equals...by going to the Council, Mr. Abbas makes his strongest political and symbolic act....
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/17/world/middleeast/Abbas-Security-Counci...

Saeb Erekat, chief PLO negotiator: Palestinian offers gave Israel "the biggest Yerushalayim [Jerusalem in Hebrew] in history"...(documents 2648, 5012)
Israeli leaders, backed by US government, said offers were inadequate.
1/24/11 Palestine Officials say Palestine Papers are distortion of truth
Palestinian officials lashed out at the publication of leaked documents, a cache of thousands of pages of confidential Palestinian negotiation records from 1999 to 2010
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jan/24/palestine-papers-distortion-...
• Palestinians offered Israel 'biggest Jerusalem in history'
Further documents in the cache that will be released over coming days will also reveal:
* The scale of confidential concessions offered by Palestinian negotiators, including on the right of return of Palestinian refugees.
* Israeli leaders privately asked for some Arab citizens to be transferred to a new Palestinian state.
* Covert co-operation between Israeli security forces and the Palestinian Authority.
* Palestinian Authority (PA) leaders were privately tipped off about Israel's 2008-09 war in Gaza.
* Secret agreement to accept Israel's annexation of all settlements built illegally in East Jerusalem but one
Saeb Erekat, chief PLO negotiator said it gave Israel "the biggest Yerushalayim [Hebrew for Jerusalem] in history"...Israeli leaders, backed by US government, said offers were inadequate...
May 2008 concession by Palestinian leaders to allow Israel to annex the settlements in East Jerusalem - including Gilo, a focus of controversy after Israel gave the go-ahead for 1,400 new homes - has never been made public. All settlements built on territory occupied by Israel in the 1967 war are illegal under international law, but the Jerusalem homes are described by Israel as municipal "neighbourhoods"....Erekat told Israeli leaders: "This is the first time in Palestinian-Israeli history such a suggestion is officially made." No such concession had been made at Camp David. But the offer was rejected out of hand by Israel because it did not include a big settlement near the city Ma'ale Adumim as well as Har Homa and several others deeper in the West Bank, including Ariel. "We do not like this suggestion because it does not meet our demands," Israel's then foreign minister, Tzipi Livni, told the Palestinians...
The PA, set up after the 1993 Oslo agreement between Israel and the PLO, is under pressure from Palestinian public and Hamas, which won Palestinian elections in 2006 and has controlled the Gaza Strip since 2007. Unlike PA/ PLO, Hamas rejects negotiations, except for a long-term ceasefire, and refuses to recognise Israel. The group is classed as a terrorist organisation by Israel, the US and the EU...

PA/PLO UN U.S. SERVICE AGAINST IRAN & IN ENTIRE REGION
Palestinian Distrust of Iran Revealed in Leaked Papers
Mahmoud Abbas asked businessman to donate $50m to Mahmoud Ahamdinejad opponents, according to the documents
1/27/11 By Ian Black and Seumas Milne, www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jan/26/palestinian-distrust-iran-leaked-pa...
Mahmoud Abbas, tried to persuade a Palestinian businessman to contribute millions of dollars to a radio station for the [ed: u.s. fomented "green revolution"] Iranian opposition after the country's disputed presidential elections in 2009 according to leaked documents. Abbas's move was cited by Saeb Erekat, the PLO's chief negotiator, in a meeting with the US Middle East envoy George Mitchell as evidence of the Palestinian Authority's support for US strategic goals in the region, in particular its attempts to counter the influence of Iran, which finances the armed resistance movements Hamas and Hezbollah. "It's the moment of truth in the Middle East," Erekat told Mitchell in October 2009. "Ahmadinejad is in Gaza and Lebanon. Pakistan is going failed. The Arab states are doing nothing. You know AM [Abu Mazen/Mahmoud Abbas] had to convince a businessman to pay $50m for [ed: u.s. man] Mussawi to have [a] radio station."The PLO official [Erekat] in a meeting with the US national security adviser, General James Jones October 2009...the approach was made by Iranians seeking to exploit old contacts with the PLO...
Earlier that year, Erekat, the PLO official made clear he believed it was essential for the Ramallah-based Palestinian leadership, financed by the US and EU, to show they could make themselves useful to Washington in relation to its policy priorities and areas of military intervention in the wider Middle East. In a meeting with staff at the PLO's negotiations support unit in May, Erekat said he had visited Iraqi Kurdistan – where US and Israeli influence is strong – as part of this strikingly ambitious approach. "We are breaking the Arab behaviour of going to America and telling him what we need," he explained. "Instead we are telling Obama that we can help ... in Pakistan, Somalia, Afghanistan, Iraq etc. And Syria, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Jordan all need to tell Obama how they can help him....
The PLO negotiator argued in many meetings with US officials cited in the documents that a two-state settlement for Israel and the Palestinians was necessary as part of wider strategy of promoting moderation and fighting al-Qaida in the Middle East....

Palestine Papers: Gaza war report stalled by PA on US request, Abbas warned of 2008 invasion
1/26/11 http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jan/26/gaza-report-palestinian-auth...
The postponement of the report into Israel's 2008 assault on Gaza triggered heavy criticism of PA leadership, at one time threatening Abbas's position...at a meeting 21 October 2009, three weeks after the Goldstone scandal erupted, US national security adviser Jim Jones told the Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat: "Thank you for what you did a couple of weeks ago [on Goldstone]; it was very courageous".
On the day the reference of the report was delayed, US officials presented Palestinian negotiators with a "non paper" (proposal that is off the record in diplomatic terms) committing the PA to "help promote a positive atmosphere conducive to negotiations ... [and] refrain from pursuing or supporting any initiative directly or indirectly in international legal forums that would undermine that atmosphere". Erekat's response was to tell (US envoy George) Mitchell: "On going to the UN we will always co-ordinate with you."...
The papers also reveal new evidence of contact, before the the launch of Israel's assault in late 2008, between Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas (aka Abu Mazen) and a senior Israeli defence ministry official and negotiator, Amos Gilad. Any evidence PA leaders co-operated with Israel in the attack on the Hamas-controlled territory, which left 1,400 Palestinians dead, would fuel anger at the western-backed leadership, especially by its bitter rival, Hamas. Contacted by Gilad before the war, "Abu Mazen replied that he will not go to Gaza on an Israeli tank," the Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat told the US envoy George Mitchell in October 2009.
Earlier this week, Gilad publicly and flatly denied the collusion claim. "No concrete warning concerning an offensive was given to the Palestinian Authority," he told Israel Radio. ...
US diplomatic cables released by Wikileaks were quoted that in June 2009 Israel's defence minister, Ehud Barak, told a US congressional delegation that Israel "had consulted with Egypt and Fatah prior to Operation Cast Lead, asking if they were willing to assume control of Gaza once Israel defeated Hamas." Barak continued: "Not surprisingly...Israel received negative answers from both."...
The Palestine Papers also record Gilad and Tzipi Livni, then Israeli foreign minister, spoke to Palestinian negotiators of the likelihood of a fullscale confrontation over Gaza. "We are on a collision course with Hamas... You need to be prepared.. Sooner or later they [Hamas] will be taken care of" Gilad warned them.

Israel asked Palestinian Authority to kill al-Aqsa commander
www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jan/25/israel-asked-palestinians-assassina...
The Hamas takeover of Gaza in the summer of 2007 galvanised US-led efforts to overhaul the PA security apparatus...By 2008, Israeli leaders were much more confident about co-operation from PA security...Israel's chief of staff, General Gabi Ashkenazi, was said to be "no longer sceptical about the utility of co-operation with the PA on security matters". In September 2009, Erekat, told US official, David Hale: "We have had to kill Palestinians to establish one authority, one gun and the rule of law. We have even killed our own people to maintain order and the rule of law."... it reported privately to George Mitchell the extent of its crackdown on Hamas and others in the West Bank: ...

Mohammed Dahlan: Former Fatah security chief's close links to CIA and Shin Bet
Dahlan was Fatah's key security chief in the confrontation with Hamas after it won Palestinian elections in 2006. Appointed head of a new national security council by Abbas, he organised units trained with US assistance in Arab countries and lobbied for Fatah units to receive arms to fight the Islamist group.Dahlan reportedly played a key role in the June 2007 CIA-backed coup against the Hamas-led administration in Gaza, which backfired and led to the defeat of Fatah and a fatal rupture with the PLO....
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jan/25/palestine-papers-muhammad-da...

Document: 'Clinton told us to be quiet'
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/palestine-papers-documents/4660
6/16/09 Saeb Erekat, Chief Palestinian negotiator, summarizes Palestine Authority meetings in Washington of Negotiation Support Unit and Committee Heads with Barack Obama (BO), Hilary Clinton, Joe Biden, Gen. Jim Jones, Rahm Emmanuel and at US Dept. of Defense request, with Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff and Abu Mazen(AM)
"We've recognized Israel's right to exist...AM gave his word he will do his best to maintain control in the West Bank - one Authority, one gun...Obama said Washington speaks with one voice...he's (Abbas) not going to deviate..."

Ex-IDF, Mossad officials support candidate Obama
10/5/08 http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1222017457443&pagename=JPost%...
A Jewish group in the United States has recruited a number of retired IDF and high-ranking Mossad officials to appear in a video supporting Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, saying he would be a better partner for Israel in the White House. In the video, released by the Jewish Council for Education & Research, Brig.-Gen (Ret.) Shlomo Brom, former IDF commander of strategic planning, said that the Bush administration caused major damage to Israel's interests.

Demanding a demilitarized state
The Palestinian Authority accepts the premise of demilitarisation, though it did not endorse Israeli presence in the West Bank. In February 2007 meeting with European envoy, Erekat suggests NATO forces fill the third party role...May 20, 2008 memo from Wa. based Negotiations Support Unit (NSU) – talking points for upcoming security meeting with the Israelis – states bluntly “Palestine will not require an army, assuming we agree to a third party role to take care of our defence needs”. All of these demands are intended to ensure Israel’s security. Palestinian negotiators rarely ask how they will secure their own state... and when Erekat did, in May 2008, he received what was perhaps an unencouraging response: Erekat: So no army, no navy… fine. But what do I do if my security is at stake? What should I do? (Senior Israeli defence ministry official and negotiator, Amos) Gilad: Consult.

headline omits: US "encouragement"
PA Stonewalled the Goldstone Vote
http://english.aljazeera.net/palestinepapers/2011/01/2011126123125167974...
PA, with US encouragement, delayed UN vote on Goldstone Report into war crimes committed during Israel's Gaza war. The Palestine Papers reveal the PA apparently sacrificed a potential victory for Palestinian victims in exchange for favorable assurances on negotiations from the US and, they hoped, from Israel...
the United States apparently urged the PA to stall the report as a means of restarting negotiations with Israel. At a September 24, 2009 meeting between Saeb Erekat, George Mitchell and David Hale, the latter informed Erekat that “Our intention is to move quickly to relaunch negotiations. We are wrapping up an agreement on a package with Israel, and including other parties.” ...The following day, on October 2, 2009- while President Abbas was in New York pushing to postpone the vote on Goldstone - Erekat again met with Senator Mitchell. This time, Erekat appeared to use the expected international backlash to the vote deferral as a bargaining chip in proving their commitment to peace talks. “I did not come here to complain, but to try to help move forward,” Erekat told Mitchell. “Many people strongly objected to [Abu Mazen] going to NYC and me coming to Washington.”...Erekat lamented to Mitchell. “We pray every day that Israel will come to the point where they realize that a Palestinian state on the [1967] border is in their interest...That’s why we are frustrated. We want to help the Israelis.”
At the very same meeting, Senator Mitchell presented Erekat with a document containing language that, if agreed to, would nullify one of the PA’s few weapons – the chance to prosecute Israeli officials for war crimes in Gaza at the International Criminal Court at The Hague. The U.S. language stated: “The PA will help to promote a positive atmosphere conducive to negotiations; in particular during negotiations it will refrain from pursuing or supporting any initiative directly or indirectly in international legal forums that would undermine that atmosphere.”
Erekat, Abbas and the Palestinian Authority accepted the language and simultaneously agreed to call for a deferral of the UNHRC vote. Unsurprisingly, this decision was met by outrage, as Palestinians and Arab nations condemned the PA leadership for kowtowing yet again to American and Israeli pressure. Israel leaked the PA’s support for the resolution deferral on the day before the UNHRC vote was to take place. Erekat, undoubtedly caught off-guard, was outspoken in his complaints weeks later to the U.S. on what he perceived as unfair Israeli tactics. In a meeting with U.S. National Security Adviser James Jones on October 21, 2009, Erekat revealed:
“Then came Goldstone and all hell broke loose. You know the first public response to the Goldstone thing came from Lieberman, who said Abu Mazen agreed to postpone the vote because the Israelis threatened to release the “tapes” showing him coordinating the attack on Gaza with Israel..." Jones, however, was quick to assure Erekat the PA’s efforts would not go unnoticed. “And thank you for what you did a couple weeks ago,” Jones told Erekat. “It was very courageous.”...For the United States, and unfortunately for the PA, it was simply business as usual. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article27354.htm

The Palestine papers help Abbas in diplomatic jiujitsu
"Israel does have a partner for peace – the Palestinian president"
*Aluf Benn, editor-in-chief for Israel's Haaretz Newspaper
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/jan/25/palestine-papers-abb...
...Both sides' positions on territory – the basic element of any deal – show agreement on the principle of an independent Palestine within the 1967 borders, amended through territorial swaps to compensate the Palestinians for West Bank settlements annexed to Israel. Their agreement marks an Israeli victory... The fathers of Israel's settlement enterprise, like Moshe Dayan, envisaged border changes through settlement building... the Palestinians now propose a new border, which incorporates the largest settlements near the old Green Line into Israel. This is particularly true in East Jerusalem, where the Palestinians accepted the principle of ethnic partition among neighbourhoods. Thus most settlers would remain on the Israeli side, and Israel could expand its perilous "narrow waists" around Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Here agreement ends. The Palestinians refused to acknowledge the annexation of major settlements – Ma'ale Adumim, Ariel, Efrata, Givat Ze'ev, and Har Homa (in south Jerusalem) – that carve up the West Bank into loosely connected Palestinian enclaves... enshrined in the Israeli political catechism as "parts of Israel for ever".... disagreement over them can kill the deal. The security clauses Israel considers necessary measures, border and airspace controls, the Palestinians view as occupation in disguise. The Palestinian negotiators cited their fear of Hamas and other adversaries who may exploit any compromise to embarrass and weaken Abbas...
The [Palestine] papers, especially the leaked maps, will serve as the starting point for future negotiations. Moreover, they undermine Israel's "no partner" doctrine...
Notwithstanding his anger at their publication, the papers give Abbas a strong hand in his diplomatic jiujitsu match with Netanyahu. If he can stand by his proposals in the face of adversaries and detractors, Abbas will show his political courage – and prove to be the partner we seek.
*formerly Israeli Military Police interrogator; Israeli Institute For National Security Studies Fellow http://cosmos.ucc.ie/cs1064/jabowen/IPSC/php/authors.php?auid=104

Ladies and Gentlemen, the connection between the Jewish people and the Land of Israel cannot be denied. The connection between the Jewish people and Jerusalem cannot be denied. The Jewish people were building Jerusalem 3,000 year ago and the Jewish people are building Jerusalem today. Jerusalem is not a settlement. It is our capital.”
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, 2010 U.S. AIPAC Convention

BIG LIE: "The jewish people/nation"
US proposal: to funnel refugees from the Middle East to reduce pressure on Israel to give up land
Palestinians condemn US plan to settle refugees in South America
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jan/25/palestine-papers-refugees-so...
US proposed giving Palestinian refugees land in South America
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jan/24/condoleezza-rice-palestinian...

Is Israel the Only Possible Homeland for Jews?
January 22, 2011, Jonathan Power, The Jordan Times
...Jewish leadership in the early years of the last century thought Uganda and Argentina were possibilities...one could say a majority of Jews would have preferred one of those, rather than displacing Arabs. Unlike the Zionist leadership, they were not beholden to the idea of “the land of milk and honey” being on Arab land...The story about alternative settlement in Uganda and Argentina is well-known. Less known is the creation by the Soviet Presidium in 1928 of a Jewish autonomous region in the Far East, Birobidzhan. Many Russian Jews moved there, although there was no compulsion to do so. Some settlers came from outside Russia...
With Argentina, the Zionist leadership let the possibility pass....

demolishing historical basis of big lie for a 'jewish state of israel' in Palestine
When and How Was the Jewish People Invented? "Matai ve'ech humtza ha'am hayehudi?"
by Professor Shlomo Sand
Israeli Tel Aviv University professor Sand's historical study marshals evidence to prove the idea of a Jewish nation used to justify the state of Israel, is a myth invented little more than a century ago.The Israeli Declaration of Independence states: “Eretz Yisrael was the birthplace of the Jewish people… After being forcibly exiled from their land, the people remained faithful to it throughout their Dispersion and never ceased to pray and hope for their return to it and for the restoration in it of their political freedom.”Now suppose that none of it is true, the thesis of his book, . Zionism is not a return home, it is the theft of another people’s land. Israel is not the political rebirth of the Jewish nation—it’s a complete fabrication....At the turn of the 20th century, Zionist Jews started creating a national history by inventing the idea that Jews existed as a people separate from their religion....the whole edifice of "Jewish history" taught at Israeli universities is built like a house of cards....