- - Tuesday, March 15, 2016

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The Palestinian leadership has rejected an Israeli offer for control of parts of the West Bank under Israeli military rule since the second intifada after the turn of the century. The Oslo Accords, signed under President Clinton in 1995, gave Area A of the West Bank, including major Palestinian cities and about one-fifth of the territory, to Palestinian self control. Operation Defensive Shield in the West Bank in 2002, during the uprising, saw Israeli military oversight, and operation with impunity, return to these areas.

Netanyahu, without advising the Israeli cabinet, secretly offered to reverse this development slowly as trust built between both sides, starting with the cities. Under the proposal revealed Monday in Haaretz, Israel offered to stop its military operations in Ramallah and Jericho, except in so-called “ticking-bomb cases.” Then, if the measure succeeded, it would gradually extend this cessation of activities to the rest of Area A.

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki confirmed that the Palestinian Authority objects to the Israeli offer.

“The concept of the Oslo [Accords] that the Palestinians will do the work for us has not proven itself. We changed this concept during Operation Defensive Shield, and to turn the clock back now would be wrong,” commented Immigration Absorption Minister Zeev Elkin.

“The prime minister told me the cabinet was not updated because the move did not come to fruition due to a Palestinian rejection of the offer. As usual, the Palestinians never miss out on an opportunity to miss out on an opportunity,” said Elkin, reported by Haaretz.



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