The Palestine Papers *updated*
The American media isn’t covering this yet, naturally (will they at all?) but the rest of the world is covering it non-stop since the story broke today: The release of the Palestine Papers which allegedly show just how much the Palestinian Authority was willing to concede to Israel (agreed to give up most of E. Jerusalem, receive only a token right of return, recognize Israel as a Jewish state, agreed to be total demilitarized and on and on and on), only to receive nothing but mockery and derision in return- not just from Israel but from the U.S.- including from this administration. Now, we don’t yet know if these documents are authentic but if not, then someone went to a lot of trouble to create thousands of documents with official stamps, dates, signatures etc.
UPDATE: I just got this from the State Dept- it’s a tweet from PJ Crowley that they also sent by email. This would suggest they are already getting requests for information about it:
“The U.S. government is reviewing the alleged Palestinian documents released by Al-Jazeera. We cannot vouch for their veracity.”
UPDATE IIThe NYT finally picked up one aspect of the story- The Palestinians are denying the documents are authentic. I am reading in the British press that the Palestinians are denying they are valid because if the Palestinian population finds out just how much these Palestinian leaders were willing to concede in negotiations then there would be rioting in the streets. The documents also suggest the PA knew about the deadly Operation Cast Lead prior to it being initiated- it is allegedly reported that Israel informed the PA- this type of information could result in the PA losing all legitimacy and it could be a huge boon for Hamas, who claims, for PR purposes and to maintain their support, that the PA is in the pocket of the US and Israel.