posted on Apr, 26 2012 @ 01:45 AM
PR STRATEGY 06: Myth of the Generous Offer
Narrator: 1991 marked the beginning of a series of Peace Efforts. Of the most recent and well known, were the negotiations that took place in the
summer of 2000 at Camp David, with then-President Bill Clinton, PLO Chairman Yassir Arafat, and former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak.The aftermath
of their breakdown is perhaps the clearest example of the Israeli PR Machine at work.
Alisa Solomon: There are two pieces of this narrative that the Israeli Propaganda Machine has been very effective in convincing everybody of. The
first is that what happened at Camp David was that Barak made the most generous offer that any Israeli ever had or would make, Arafat answered with
Cutaway/news montage: The charismatic crusader for a Palestinian homeland has rejected what many thought was the best peace deal he could get, and
he's failed to stop the terror...In fact, two years ago, Ehud Barak did lay it all out on the table. A Palestinian homeland, giving back over 90% of
Jewish settlements, even a plan, which divided Jerusalem.
Rabbi Michael Lerner: What was being offered to the Palestinians was an impossible deal that no Palestinian leader could have possible accepted.
Hussein Ibish: They proposed creating a Palestinian State in most of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, but this state was not going to have control over
its borders, it was not going to have control over its air space, it was not going to have control of the only resource, natural resource, in that
area, which were the major aquifers, and it was going to be bifurcated and criss-crossed by Israeli settlements and Israeli roads. So it was going to
be broken up into at least four or five different pieces. It was a nominal Palestinian state within, effectively, a greater Israel.
Sam Husseini: It's as if the Palestinians have been put in the basement of their house and they might be allowed most of the rooms, but Israel gets
to control all of the hallways and some of the rooms. So you wanna go from your living room to your bedroom? Then you've got to go through Israeli
checkpoints. You know from your kitchen to your bathroom you've gotta go through an Israeli checkpoint. Well do you really control your house under
that set of circumstances?
Rabbi Michael Lerner: It did not offer Palestinians unimpeded access to their holy sights, and it did not offer Palestinians any solution to the three
million Palestinian refugees who live in these refugee camps under horrendous conditions.
Toufic Haddad: The occupation was not being dismembered, it was being made more efficient. It was being consolidated. Where Israel would maintain its
strategic interests, whether it would be hilltops or water, whether it would be different agricultural things that they had interests in, and the
Palestinians would have what was left, basically. And if they wanted to call it a state, they could call it a state. If they wanted to print postage
stamps, they could print postage stamps. If they wanted to have a national anthem, feel free.
Prof. Robert Jensen: The second myth that the Israeli PR machine was able to spin was that Arafat, having rejected the deal of a lifetime, then
incited the Intifada out of spite.
Cutaway/News Montage: The failure of these negotiations which the United States supported, in which the Israelis made serious offers, that the
Palestinian leadership decided on a strategy of street fighting as a response.
Seth Ackerman: When this latest round of violence broke out, if you look at the editorials that ran in the big, American newspapers, they
overwhelmingly said that the cause of the violence was Arafat's rejection of the Camp David accord, and they blamed the Palestinians, and they sided
Rabbi Arik Ascherman: This intifada had very little to do with Camp David. Because, on the ground, parallel to what the leaders were talking about who
had become so many talking heads, as far as the average Palestinian was concerned. You had ongoing land expropriation. Tree uprooting. Road building.
Settlements were being expanded at a quicker pace under Barak than they had been under Natanyahu. Unfair water allocation!
Which many Palestinians in the summer and fall had approximately two hours of running water a week! When next-door, you could have a settlement with
green lawns, and a swimming pool. So what are people supposed to think? Rightly or wrongly, to this set of people, this is not a "peace process."
And even if it is, by the time it is concluded, everything is going to be gone, is gonna be expropriated. So what's in it for me?