By Ted Belman
At 20th anniversary of the Oslo Accords held Wednesday at the Institute for National Security Studies at Tel Aviv University most speakers were still foccussed on acheiving a two state solution.
Gilad Sher who was chief of staff to Ehud Barak when he was prime minister from 1999-2001 and Dov Weisglass, who represented Sharon in negotiations, both said 100,000 settlers would have to be evacuated.
Sher was among a number of speakers who believed that the best outcome of the negotiations underway would be an interim agreement. Still, he said, Israel should begin preparation for a two-state solution by halting building in isolated settlements and preparing a master plan to evacuate them. This is Olmert’s convergence plan.
- “But should Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu come to an agreement with the Palestinians, he lacks the necessary political support to turn it into a reality, Weisglass said.”
“Netanyahu has crossed the Rubicon, but he is alone on the other side,” Weisglass said.
Both Weisglass and former justice minister Yossi Beilin who was among the architects of the Oslo Accord, said in spite of Netanyahu’s support for a Palestinian state, he would still not be able to offer the Palestinians terms they could accept as a final status agreement.
The Palestinians won’t accept anything less than what was offered to them by former prime minister Ehud Olmert, Weisglass said, adding that anyone who thought otherwise was deluding themselves.
Beilin added that Netanyahu, for ideological reasons, would not agree to divide Jerusalem.
This crowd is incapable of investigating alternatives.