Israel, the Palestinians and the international community must continue recognize negotiation is the best means for the realization of a two-state solution, whereby Israel and an independent Palestinian state will be able to live side-by-side in peace and security.
For the Palestinians, undertaking a new life in Chile was infinitely superior to languishing at the Al Tanf refugee camp. Yet, this outlandish story raises fundamental questions about the Palestinian struggle and its long term political prospects.
In Congress and the media, new champions of Arab democracy have been born overnight. I suspect this celebration of the "Arab street" is born more of an anti-Arab animus than of a real commitment to Arab democracy.
The Palestine Papers help pave the way for two scenarios: The eventual establishment of a democratic, bi-national state or the PA continuing its push for international recognition of a Palestinian state.
The final positions were not that far apart, the movement was constant and in the right direction, and the sides spoke to each other not as irascible enemies as partners in negotiation. Pundits-be-damned, peace was possible.
According to newly released documents Palestinian negotiators have privately conceded large parts of East Jerusalem to Israel, including areas where Israeli settlement expansion continues to the public protest of the Palestinian leadership.