There is more bloodshed today, with yet another bombing. And Israel is re-occupying the West Bank (formally anyway. Informally, the IDF had been in the West Bank intermitently since March.) This is a recipe for disaster.

Christiane Amanpour is reporting that:

The Palestinian Authority is dropping a demand for the right of return for refugees — one of the most contentious issues blocking a Middle East peace deal — and is making other major concessions on peace with Israel in a two-page document sent to the United States, Palestinian officials said Wednesday.

The officials said the document, given to U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, includes concessions on a number of key issues that caused previous peace efforts to fail. Most significantly, the Palestinians said, they have dropped the demand for right of return for refugees who fled or were removed from land that became Israel in 1948. Instead, they said, they are calling for a just and agreed-upon solution to that problem.

Other concessions in the brief note.


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