Jazeera papers: Israel marketed the idea of transferring 1948 Palestinians

[ 25/01/2011 – 03:20 PM ]

 

DOHA, (PIC)– Some of the documents revealed by Al-Jazeera satellite channel stated that the Israelis tried during their peace talks with the Palestinian authority (PA) to market the idea of transferring or expelling the Palestinians living in the 1948 occupied lands from their villages.

This came during a meeting between PA chief negotiator Ahmed Qurei and former Israeli foreign minister Tzipi Livni on June 21, 2008.

In the meeting, Livni tried to justify this idea by giving the example of Al-Ghajar village located on the Palestinian-Lebanese borders.

“We have this problem with Raja (Ghajar village) in Lebanon. Terje Larsen (a former UN special coordinator for the middle east peace process) put the blue line to cut the village in two. [This needs to be addressed.] We decided not to cut the village. It was a mistake. The problem now, those living on Lebanese soil are Israeli citizens, Livni told the PA negotiators according the meeting minutes published by Al-Jazeera.

Then senior Israeli negotiator Udi Dekel mentioned other Palestinian villages, “Barka, Barta il Sharqiya, Barta il Garbiya, Betil, Beit Safafa.”

Other minutes of meeting disclosed by Al-Jazeera channel on Monday evening revealed that the PA does not oppose at all the idea of the Jewish state and can accept the one-state solution if it fails to establish an independent Palestinian state.

“But we have never denied Israel’s right to define itself. If you want to call your state the Jewish state of Israel you can call it what you want,” PA negotiator Saeb Erekat told Livni in a meeting on November 13, 2007.

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