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Secret negotiations, vivid similesby michael • February 13 2008
In a news story that, on a smaller scale, reminds Jerusalemite of those secret Israeli-Syrian peace talks of last year (whatever happened to those?), a Palestinian Authority official in Jerusalem has revealed that secret negotiations are currently going on between the Israeli government and the PA over the division and final status of Jerusalem.
Revealing secret negotiations is always, to put it lightly, a loaded act in the Middle Eastern political sphere, since it invariably enrages hardliners on both sides of an issue and, as we saw with Syria, often has the effect of scuttling the whole affair - or at least putting heads of government in an extremely awkward position. So what's Qader's angle here? And shouldn't negotiations over the final status of Jerusalem, negotiations which will profoundly affect the lives of hundreds of thousands of city residents, be held in the public sphere, so people invested in the issue can reasonably take part?
Meanwhile, Mr. Qader went on to vividly sum up the weakness of the Olmert government:
Jerusalemite doesn't see why he'd be worried. Everyone knows Olmert is impotent.
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