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neo-Zionist expansionism likely but not a fait accompli


Writing in a June 7th article [Chomsky.info], Chomsky cites a lapse in abiding US-Israeli rejectionism--via Israel following US' lead--as indicative of potential for Arab-Israeli accord.

"The Peres-Shamir-Baker declarations of 1989 were in response to the official Palestinian acceptance of the international consensus on a two-state solution in 1988. That proposal was first formally enunciated in 1976 in a Security Council resolution introduced by the major Arab states with the tacit support of the PLO, vetoed by the US (again in 1980). Since then US-Israeli rejectionism has persisted unchanged, WITH ONE, BRIEF BUT SIGNIFICANT EXCEPTION, in President Clinton's final month in office.
Clinton recognized that the terms he had offered at the failed 2000 Camp David meetings were not acceptable to any Palestinians, and in December, proposed his "parameters," inexplicit but more forthcoming. He then announced that both sides had accepted the parameters, though both had reservations. Israeli and Palestinian negotiators met in Taba Egypt to iron out the differences, and made considerable progress. A FULL RESOLUTION COULD HAVE BEEN REACHED IN A FEW MORE DAYS, they announced in their final joint press conference. But Israel called off the negotiations prematurely, and they have not been formally resumed.
The single exception suggests that IF AN AMERICAN PRESIDENT WERE WILLING TO TOLERATE A MEANINGFUL DIPLOMATIC SETTLEMENT IT MIGHT VERY WELL BE REACHED" [stress added].

[Full article ("Turning Point?") here.]

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