By Elad Benari / IsraelNationalNews.com
The latest round of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) will fail as have past rounds, predicted Professor Avraham Diskin, a professor at the Political Science Department of the Hebrew University. He said that the reason that talks are doomed to fail is because the PA does not wish to reach an agreement.
Noting the peace agreement signed between Israel and Egypt in 1979, Professor Diskin said that in this case, both sides held serious negotiations and it was clear that both sides had the intention of reaching an agreement. The PA, however, display the opposite behavior, he added.
“Israel saved the PLO from collapsing with the Oslo Accords,” said Diskin, noting the Camp David talks in 2000, in which then-Prime Minister Ehud Barak offered then-PA Chairman Yasser Arafat a groundbreaking offer which Arafat refused. The same goes for talks between then-Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas in 2009, when Olmert offered Abbas 94% of Judea and Samaria and Abbas refused.
Diskin mentioned Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s unprecedented step of freezing construction in Judea and Samaria in his last term, as well as being the first prime minister who supported the two state solution. Even these steps failed to bring the PA back to the negotiating table, bringing Diskin to conclude that the PA leadership has not missed any tricks in order to lose the opportunity for serious negotiations.
Diskin further stated that the world does not understand what is happening and prefers to be fed by anti-Israeli commentators and thus determine that Israel is to blame for the stalled negotiations.