Commentary: Arafat May Have Blown His Best Chance

The 15 days of talks between Israelis and Palestinians at Camp David will undoubtedly be branded a failure because they did not reach an agreement. But, judging from news leaks, much was accomplished in the negotiations, which broke down on July 26. For the first time, top leaders on both sides bargained over once-taboo issues such as the future of Jerusalem, the fate of Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, and the return of Palestinian refugees. If talks resume in the next few weeks, Camp David could well prove to have been a key step.

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