Thursday, July 18, 2013

Palestinians Want An Airport

By Micah Halpern
I've Been Thinking:

News has leaked about what really transpired in the five hour dinner meeting held on Tuesday in Amman, Jordan between US Secretary of State John Kerry and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

Five hours is a very long meeting even by Middle Eastern standards - and there is only so much one can eat. So what really happened?

The Palestinians want an airport. They want an airport in Ramallah.

The United States will propose to the Israelis that the airport be for small aircraft and helicopters. The Palestinians want the airport, in Area A, to be totally controlled by them.

Gaza, by the way, had an airport. It was targeted by Israel during Operation Cast Lead and has never been rebuilt.

This is a classic precondition- but honestly, it is easily doable.
But the Palestinians also want something else.

The Palestinians want a map change. They want access to the Dead Sea.

They say they want the map change for tourism and to build hotels. That would mean changing certain parts of Area C and making them Area B.

That request is not so easily doable. 

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