Chief Palestinian-Arab negotiator Saeb Erekat revealed in a candid interview that Israel’s then-prime minister, Ehud Olmert, had offered Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas in 2008 more land than he had asked for in an attempt by Israel to exchange land for peace. Despite the inducement, and Erekat’s urging Abbas to accept it, Abbas said no.
This was the same response Arafat had given to Ehud Barak at Camp David some eight years earlier, to the amazement of then-President Bill Clinton.
Throughout the various attempts to create a Jewish state alongside an Arab state, the Arabs have had one response: No.
For those who still cling to the notion that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict can be resolved by some exchange of land for peace, neither the failed Oslo Accords, the disaster of Gaza, nor the klepto-tyranny that has emerged in Judea and Samaria will dissuade them.