Palestinians Accuse Peace Negotiators of Treason
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If Palestinian children are condemned for playing football with Israelis, why should it be acceptable for Erekat to be talking with Livni? Palestinian leaders have simply not prepared their people for peace; instead they have delegitimized Israel to a point where it has become a "crime" for any Palestinian to be seen talking to, or negotiating with, any Israeli.
At the request of the Palestinian Authority leadership, the first round of peace talks with Israel, which was launched in Jerusalem on August 14, was held away from the media spotlight.
The Palestinian Authority leadership requested that no journalist or photographer be permitted to cover the meeting between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators.
Even the location of the peace talks was kept a secret, again at the request of the Palestinian Authority leadership.
The Palestinian Authority's request for secrecy in the peace talks does not stem from its desire to secure the success of the negotiations.
It is not as if the Palestinian Authority is saying: We care so much about the peace talks that we prefer to avoid media coverage in order to make sure that the peace process succeeds.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, and Palestinian Chief Negotiator Saeb Erekat address reporters at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on July 30, 2013. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]
The main reason the Palestinian Authority does not want the media to cover the peace talks is related to its fear of the reactions of Palestinians and the Arab world.
Mahmoud Abbas is already facing widespread opposition among Palestinians to his controversial decision -- which was taken under heavy pressure from US Secretary of State John Kerry -- to return to the negotiating table with Israel.
When the heads of the Israeli and Palestinian negotiating teams, Tzipi Livni and Saeb Erekat, met in Washington earlier this month to announce the launching of the peace talks, many Palestinians and Arabs seized the opportunity to ridicule Erekat and accuse the Palestinian Authority leadership of treason.
A photo of Erekat and Livni standing together in Washington has since been exploited by Facebook and Twitter activists to hurl insults and profanity at the chief Palestinian negotiator.
Palestinian sources in Ramallah said that Erekat felt so offended by the insults and obscene language directed against him that he decided that there was no need for "photo op" with Livni or any other Israeli.
Both Abbas and Erekat are fully aware of the growing opposition among Palestinians and Arabs to the resumption of the peace talks with Israel under the terms of the US Administration.
That is why the two men do not want to be seen sitting in a room with any Israeli representative. They know that any photo of Erekat and Livni shaking hands or sitting together would provide their enemies with additional ammunition.
Those who think that the opposition to the peace talks is coming only from Hamas and other radical groups are either ignorant or turning a blind eye to the reality.
When Abbas agreed to resume the peace talks with Israel, he went against the recommendation of the PLO leadership, whose members rejected Kerry's attempts to force the Palestinian Authority president to abandon two of his pre-conditions -- namely, that Israel accept the pre-1967 lines as the basis for negotiations and freeze all construction in settlements and east Jerusalem neighborhoods.
Last week, the PLO officials once again reminded Abbas of their opposition to the peace talks.
During an August 15 meeting in Ramallah, several PLO leaders told Abbas that they remained opposed "in principle" to the idea of resuming peace talks with Israel under the current circumstances.
The only Palestinian official who has come out in public to voice support for Abbas's move is the powerless Prime Minister, Rami Hamdallah.
Abbas and Erekat know that Hamdallah's public endorsement of the peace talks does not carry any weight. After all, Hamdallah is an unelected public servant with no grassroots support or political base.
To further complicate matters for Abbas and Erekat, several Palestinian factions are now in the process of forming a "national alliance" the main goal of which is to thwart any deal between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. This rejectionist front will consist of various PLO and other factions and organizations and could create many problems for the Palestinian Authority.
But there is another reason why the Palestinian Authority leadership does not want media coverage of the peace talks. For many years, the Palestinian Authority has been supporting boycott campaigns against Israel, as well as organizations combating "normalization" with Israelis.
If Palestinian children are condemned for playing football with Israelis, why should it be acceptable for Erekat to be talking with Livni?
Palestinian Authority leaders can only blame themselves for the growing opposition to the peace talks with Israel. Palestinian leaders have simply not prepared their people for peace. These leaders have, instead, delegitimized Israel to a point where it has become a "crime" for any Palestinian to be photographed talking to, or negotiating with, any Israeli.
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