The chief Palestinian negotiator, Saeb Erekat, has revealed that the Palestinian Authority has rejected a US suggestion to amend the terms of the Arab peace initiative. Dr Erekat did not mention what the suggested modifications were but they are understood from local sources to refer to “agreed-upon border modifications” for a Palestinian state nominally based upon the 1967 borders with Israel.
Media commentators have pointed out that US President Barack Obama did not mention the 1967 borders when he spoke about a two-state solution in his public speeches during his recent visit to the region.
A second modification to the 2002 initiative focuses on security cooperation between Arab states and Israel. Media reports claim that the Americans are refusing to speak about this aspect.
The rationale behind the suggestions by the US administration is to make the initiative, which has been adopted by the Arab League, “more acceptable” to Israel.