Israeli proposals get cool response
Wednesday 26 August 1992
Speaking as the two delegations prepared for their first serious discussions since the election of the new Israeli Prime Minister, Yitzhak Rabin, Ms Ashrawi said such a proposal would violate the principles of the peace process which envisaged a meaningful transfer of authority to a Palestinian assembly.
The Israelis presented their proposed timetable for autonomy, saying they want to see elections to an administrative council in the occupied territories by March or, at the latest, by April.
Israeli officials said they had come to Washington armed with volumes of detailed proposals on the way the council will operate, to which the Palestinians will now be expected to respond.
While loath to undermine the general atmosphere of optimism surrounding the talks so far, the Palestinians yesterday hit out at attempts by some Israeli officials to undermine the credibility of the delegation by personal attacks in the media. Ms Ashrawi also warned against the euphoria of 'excessive optimism'.
The Palestinians were immediately put on their guard by Israel's affirmation that it would not budge from its position that the self-rule council will be small and limited in its powers. Palestinians want to elect a full legislative body. The Israeli spokesman, Yossi Gal, ruled out such a deal, saying autonomy would involve a Palestinian council 'and not a legislative body as an organ of statehood'.
Ms Ashrawi said: 'We do not want to re-do the occupation, or maintain the Israeli source of authority.' She added: 'You do not elect administrators, you elect representatives.'
Discussions started on Monday on a positive note after Israel signalled that it is prepared to do a deal with Syria on the Golan Heights. Yesterday Shimon Peres, the Israeli Foreign Minister, confirmed that Israel is now prepared to discuss withdrawal from part of the Golan Heights in exchange for a peace treaty with Syria.
Although this was seen as a move in the right direction, the Syrian delegation and the Syrian press in Damascus were calling for a total withdrawal.
- 3 The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
- 4 Phil Neville backtracks on Tomas Rosicky 'I'd smash him' comments from Match of the Day 2
- 5 British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
Paris attacks: Do not call Charlie Hebdo killers 'terrorists', BBC says
UK weather: Snow to fall in the coming week with sub-zero temperatures to last until early February
Asteroid narrowly scrapes past Earth: how to watch the closest space rock for decades as it flies by
Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
Prince Philip set to be knighted by Australia: Celebrate by reading his greatest gaffes
Nigel Farage: NHS might have to be replaced by private health insurance
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
George Galloway condemns 'racist, Islamophobic, hypocritical rag' Charlie Hebdo at freedom of speech rally
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
£90 - £140 per day: Tradewind Recruitment: On behalf of a successful academy i...
£45000 - £50000 per annum: Investigo: My client, a global leader in providing ...
Excellent Salary: Austen Lloyd: WEST LONDON - An excellent new opportunity wit...
£8 - £10 per hour: Recruitment Genius: A Florist Shop Manager is required to m...