The Israelis and Palestinians are talking to each other again….for now. What the latest round of talks have in common with previous attempts to make peace between Israel and the Arabs is that everyone expects the talks to fail.
Sounds pessimistic? To be fair, peace talks between the Israelis and Palestinians have been failing since the 1980s. Anyway, here is a catalogue of all the previous peace plans between Israelis and Palestinians – post 1967.
Ehud Olmert peace plan and map:
The 2002 Saudi Peace Plan:
The Geneva Accords: http://www.geneva-accord.org/mainmenu/english
The Oslo Accords: http://www.mfa.gov.il/MFA/Peace+Process/Guide+to+the+Peace+Process/Declaration+of+Principles.htm
Here is a very interesting graphic from the Economist showing how settlement construction tends to increase every time there are peace talks. Perhaps a demonstration that negotiating parties want to strengthen their bargaining position by creating “facts on the ground” just before/during talks? http://www.economist.com/node/17136088