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Volume XIII, Issue # 53, February 21, 2011
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DOES THE ARAB WORLD TRULY WANT A "PALESTINE"?
A Summary Account of Efraim Karsh's
Briefing to the Middle East Forum
By Alessandra Grace

WHAT THE LEAKED PALESTINE PAPERS REVEAL ABOUT ARAB & PALESTINIAN ASPIRATIONS FOR A PALESTINIAN STATE -- THE ANALYSIS EFRAIM KARSH:  THE PALESTINIAN LEADERSHIP & THE NEIGHBORING ARAB STATES HAVE NEVER BEEN GENUINELY INTERESTED IN CREATING AN INDEPENDENT PALESTINIAN STATE.
FULL STORY:   Dr. Efraim Karsh is Editor of the Middle East Quarterly and Professor of Middle East and Mediterranean Studies at King's College London. He served as an intelligence officer in the Israel Defense Forces for seven years before obtaining graduate and doctoral degrees in International Relations from Tel Aviv University. He is the author of fifteen books, including Arafat's War, Islamic Imperialism, and most recently Palestine Betrayed. On January 25, 2011, he addressed the Middle East Forum on what the leaked Palestine Papers reveal about Arab and Palestinian aspirations for a Palestinian state.

According to Dr. Karsh, the documents recently released from Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations shed some light on the position of the Palestinian leadership and neighboring Arab states toward the creation of a Palestinian state. By tracing the history of both parties, Dr. Karsh stated that neither party has ever been, nor is, truly interested in forming a Palestinian state.

He began by discussing the Arab states, arguing that they have never wanted a Palestinian state and have done the utmost to sabotage its formation. He noted that, in the 1920s, both Jordan and Syria attempted to annex the territory of Palestine for themselves. He further observed that, while this is not entirely surprising, it is surprising that Palestinian leaders themselves appear to not want an independent state either.

In support of this point, he outlined the history of Palestinian leadership from the founding of the PLO. For example, Arafat had opportunities to establish a state in both 1993, with the Oslo Accords, and 2000, with the Camp David meeting. In 1993, he "made sure it would be a failure," and in 2000 he rejected Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak's offer, opting for war.

Lastly, Dr. Karsh addressed the leaked documents. He emphasized the fact that their authenticity have yet to be verified, and that the Palestinian leadership has denied their validity. He underscored that, if they are authentic, they may indicate that Palestinian leadership has started thinking in terms of statehood. Yet, the most interesting part of the documents has been the reaction to them: the Arab world has dished out criticism and accused the leadership of betraying the Palestinian cause, even though the concessions they agreed to were minimal in comparison to those agreed to in exchange by Israel. For those who do want a two-state solution, Dr. Karsh concluded, the documents could serve as a glimmer of hope.


LINKS TO RELATED TOPICS:
Israel & the Arabs -- The Israeli-Arab Conflict

Middle East -- Arabs, Arab States,
& Their Middle Eastern Neighbors

American Foreign Policy -- The Middle East

Islamism & Jihadism -- Radical Islam & Islamic Terrorism
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International Politics & World Disorder:
War, Peace, & Geopolitics in the Real World:
Foreign Affairs & U.S. National Security

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Islamist Terrorist Attacks on the U.S.A.

Osama bin Laden & the Islamist Declaration of War
Against the U.S.A. & Western Civilization

Islamist International Terrorism &
U.S. Intelligence Agencies

U.S. National Security Strategy



Alessandra Grace is an intern at the Middle East Forum.


The foregoing article by Alessandra Grace can be found on the Internet website maintained by the Middle East Forum, a foreign policy think tank which seeks to define and promote American interests in the Middle East, defining U.S. interests to include fighting radical Islam, working for Palestinian Arab acceptance of the State of Israel, improving the management of U.S. efforts to promote constitutional democracy in the Middle East, reducing America's energy dependence on the Middle East, more robustly asserting U.S. interests vis--vis Saudi Arabia, and countering the Iranian threat. (URL: http://www.meforum.org/2836/palestine-arab- world)


Republished with Permission of the Middle East Forum
Reprinted from the Middle East Forum News
mefnews@meforum.org (MEF NEWS)
February 21, 2011




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