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Camp David accords

From Dr A Danielian

Sir, We are told by John D A Levy that -Prime Minister Barak offered a statesmanlike package of compromises to the Palestinian Authority", referring to the Camp David talks in the year 2000. I wonder whether Mr Levy has actually seen the details of the offer?

Someone who has looked into this matter is the distinguished American scholar, Professor Noam Chomsky of MIT. During a public lecture in Boston on April 23, 2002, he touched on this very point. quote from a tape-recording.

"The official justification for the perpetuation of many years of repression and terror is that the Palestinians rejected the magnanimous and generous offer of Clinton and Barak at Camp David in the year 2000 ... At the time of the negotiations, Palestinians in the West Bank were confined to over 200 isolated cantons and the magnanimous offer reduced it to four. Therefore it approached from below (speaker's emphasis) the moral level of South Africa in the depths of apartheid 40 years ago when the first Bantustans were established. Bush and Powell have regressed even below that...".

In order to keep the quotation brief, I have omitted the evidence he cited for his figures. These are the maps attached to the proposed agreement. He said that these were freely available in Israel and were published in their newspapers. Can we blame Palestinians for rejecting a Bantustan?

Yours faithfully, DR A DANIELIAN Horsham West Sussex




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