Israeli Architect of 'peace process' admits it's mistaken - Peres is
still main champion of land-for-peace formula
Posted: November 30, 2010
1:23 pm Eastern
By Aaron Klein
News From Israel
Israeli President Shimon Peres listens during the Peace and Beyond in
the Middle East discussion at the sixth annual meeting of the Clinton
Global Initiative on September 21, 2010 in New York. The Initiative
brings together numerous current and former heads of state who make
commitments to address global issues such as poverty, environment and
JERUSALEM – President Shimon Peres admitted the Oslo peace process with
the Palestinians was based on a mistaken premise, according to
classified documents released by WikiLeaks and reviewed.
The admission, quoted by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, may be a
bombshell to most Israelis since Peres is considered the architect of
the Oslo process and currently is its main champion in the Jewish state.
Oslo refers to the 1993 Oslo Accords, which call on Israel to
relinquish territory to the Palestinians in exchange for promises of
peace. The process continues with ongoing talks between Israel and the
An April 2007 cable of a conversation Netanyahu had with Congressman
Gary Ackerman relates the supposed admission from Peres. Netanyahu at
the time was Israeli opposition leader while Peres was the country's
vice prime minister.
"Netanyahu commented that Shimon Peres had admitted to him that the
Oslo process had been based on a mistaken economic premise, and as a
result European and U.S. assistance to the Palestinians had gone to
create a bloated bureaucracy, with PA employees looking to the
international community to meet their payroll," stated the cable.
Netanyahu went on to slam the government of Ehud Olmert, who at the
time was prime minister, for its "stupid" failures during the Second
Lebanon War in 2006 against Hezbollah. He also called Olmert's party,
Kadima, a "fake party."
Speaking of the war in Lebanon, Netanyahu was quoted as saying, "If the
IDF (Israel Defense Forces) had used a flanking move by a superior
ground force, it could have won easily. Instead, Israel 'dripped troops
into their gunsights,' an approach [Netanyahu] termed 'stupid.'"
Netanyahu was quoted saying, "Kadima members are realizing they cannot
allow Olmert to stay in power, but Kadima itself might collapse since
it was a 'fake party.'"