As Justice Minister Tzipi Livni continues negotiations with the PA (Palestinian Authority) under a media blackout, leaks to the press show that even with Livni willing to ‘give away the farm’, talks with the PA are on the verge of collapse.
One of the possibilities reportedly being weighed by Jerusalem is giving away relatively large portions of land in Yehuda and Shomron in return for PA agreement to annex Gush Etzion. Most state leaders involved in the talks feel a final or interim status agreement with the PA appears most unlikely at present.
Amazingly, state leaders headed by Livni continue to make offers as PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) regularly rejects them, resulting in Israel making more and more generous offers.
We are at a pathetic state of affairs in which the Jewish state requests permission from the fictitious “Palestinian People” to annex Gush Etzion, an integral portion of Eretz Yisrael.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)