Livni in Palestine Papers: 'We're giving up the Golan'

In leaked Palestinian records, Livni asks PA for additional concessions due to indirect negotiations with Syria.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
January 23, 2011 23:32
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Livni doing a hand thing 311. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)

Then-foreign minister Tzipi Livni mentioned that Israel was "giving up the Golan" in peace talks with Syria, during negotiations with Palestinian Negotiator Ahmed Qurei, as revealed in the Palestine Papers leaked on Sunday.

In a document from May 21, 2008, Qurei congratulates Livni on talks with Syria, which she rebuffs, saying "it's not official. Talks are going on through Turkey."

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In the same meeting, when negotiating the borders of a Palestinian State, Livni says "we're giving up the Golan, so we need more in Beitar Illit."

Qurei responds: "Yes, you make us pay the price." Later on, he says: "When I see your map, I advise you to go to Syria first. It will help us. We cannot accept Maale Adumim, Givat Zeev and Ariel. If this is your proposal, let us wait. I am serious."

"I could have said the same thing when you showed us your map," Livni retorted.

Qurei says he hopes that peace talks with Syria will help the Palestinians. "Iran is against us, Qatar is against us," he lamented.


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