Introducing The Palestine Papers

Published on Al Jazeera, by Gregg Carlstrom, Last Modified: 23 Jan 2011 15:32 GMT.
(en français sur Le contenu réel du processus de paix israélo-palestinien).

Over the last several months, Al Jazeera has been given unhindered access to the largest-ever leak of confidential documents related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. There are nearly 1,700 files, thousands of pages of diplomatic correspondence detailing the inner workings of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

These documents – memos, e-mails, maps, minutes from private meetings, accounts of high level exchanges, strategy papers and even power point presentations – date from 1999 to 2010.

The material is voluminous and detailed; it provides an unprecedented look inside the continuing negotiations involving high-level American, Israeli, and Palestinian Authority officials.

Al Jazeera will release the documents between January 23-26th, 2011. They will reveal new details about:

  • the Palestinian Authority’s willingness to concede illegal Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem, and to be “creative” about the status of the Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount;
  • the compromises the Palestinian Authority was prepared to make on refugees and the right of return;
  • details of the PA’s security cooperation with Israel;
  • and private exchanges between Palestinian and American negotiators in late 2009, when the Goldstone Report was being discussed at the United Nations.

Because of the sensitive nature of these documents, Al Jazeera will not reveal the source(s) or detail how they came into our possession. We have taken great care over an extended period of time to assure ourselves of their authenticity.

We believe this material will prove to be of inestimable value to journalists, scholars, historians, policymakers and the general public.

… (full long text on Al Jazeera).

Links for Key Documents:

Meeting Minutes: 4th Plenary Meeting on Territory,March 31, 2008;

Meeting Summary: Saeb Erekat and George Mitchell, October 1, 2009;

Meeting Minutes: Saeb Erekat and George Mitchell, October 2, 2009;

Meeting Minutes: Saeb Erekat and General James Jones, October 21, 2009;

NSU Analysis of PA Media Interviews.
January 18, 2009

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