Barak had a strange idea of how peace was to be achieved. In one of his earliest speeches he outlined his master plan with four "NOs!"
1. No concessions on the West Bank and Gaza [Israel will continue the illegal occupation].
2. Jerusalem is the undivided capital of Israel [Palestinians were to give up all claims to Al-Aqsa and Jerusalem].
3. No dismantling of the illegal jewish settlements
4. No army West of the River Jordan (so even if there is a Palestinian state, Israel would tell it whether it can have an army or not).
Just one or two points about the 'generous' Camp David:
The timeline of the 1999 Sharm El Sheikh Memorandum called for final statues negotiations to be completed by September 13, 2000. This led President Clinton's invitation to Barak and Arafat for a summit at Camp David to be convened on July 11th 2000.
The West Bank and Gaza are only 22% of pre-1948 Palestine.
When the Palestinian Authority signed Oslo (a whole different matter) they accepted only 22% and recognised Israel with the green line borders conceding to 78% of historic Palestine.
Barak, felt this was not enough and demanded:
1. 69 illegal settlements to be included in this area, where 85% of the illegal settlers live. These settlements disrupt Palestinian life in the West Bank and Gaza.
2. Territories will be under 'temporary Israeli control'
. This meant that Palestinian land remains under Israeli military and civil control for an indefinite time.
3. Palestinians to accept Israeli supervision of border crossings and other restriction in the air and sea.
This was Israel's most 'generous' offer. Camp David offered the Palestiaians 46% of 22% of historical Palestine
Furthermore, this proposal required Palestinians to give up any claim to occupy Jerusalem and would have forced recognition of Israel's annexation of all east Jerusalem which includes Al-Aqsa.
p.s. The Israeli government support the illegal jewish settlements, with 28%
of the Ministry of Trade and Industry's budget to house the illegal occupiers.
want peace, but it has to be fair and just one. You always have to read the 'small print'.
p.s. Rjpieces, I ask you again to stop making unfounded accusations against me based on your percieved views. And do not say I don't provide you with evidence. I do and so do other members and you simply dismiss it as lies or arab propaganda. And I had another read of post #80 and my reply to it #82 and it just goes to prove my point. Look you have your own take on things and so do I, why do you think you are more right? Look like I said we can agree to disagree, but I hope you show me some respect like I show you respect (i.e. no more insults, attacks or accusations). Who knows maybe once that happens we both can discuss the matter in a civilised way, but only when that happens.