We learn from MideastWeb.org of Neville Teller, a BBC news analyst, blogger and writer on this subject (and a self-described optimist). Teller blogs on the Palestinian peace proposal in response to Olmert’s offer at the end of 2008:
It is not generally known that the Palestinian-Israeli peace talks, initiated amid high hopes in Annapolis on 27 November 2007, spawned two potential peace deals before the talks collapsed in December 2008 in the wake of Israel’s strike against the Hamas regime in the Gaza Strip.
One of the deals was the well-publicized offer from Ehud Olmert, made in the dying days of his premiership. The other – revealed in a TV interview only a few weeks ago by chief PA negotiator, Saeb Erekat – was a far-reaching, written peace proposal submitted by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to the Israeli government during the final days of the Bush administration. …
Teller goes on to indicate that:
… either plan, if simply resurrected, would now be quite unacceptable to both Israeli and Arab opinion. Much water has flowed under the bridge since December 2008 – not least the strengthening of Hamas’s hold over Gaza. ….
Other sticking points to a final agreement are, on the Israeli side, the demand for an unambiguous Palestinian acknowledgement of Israel as a Jewish state. The PA side are currently demanding an equally unambiguous declaration of a halt to all construction and development on the West Bank and East Jerusalem as a precondition to entering face-to-face discussions. Both issues seem little more than bargaining chips, relatively easily disposed of – provided the game is actually being played out….
Read the entire piece at Teller’s blog, A Mid-East Journal.