The Clinton plan – which Arafat has now accepted together with the Israeli left – suggested a package of $30bn-$35bn to pay for the deployment of Israeli troops and compensation and resettlement for the refugees. In the heat of the intifada, Arafat prevaricated because he did not wish to confront his rejectionists. The Israeli negotiator, Yossi Beilin, and his Palestinian partner, Nabil Shaath, began to discuss the issue at Taba and narrowed the gap despite the reservations of both Arafat and Barak. It is only a continuation of that discussion which will bring justice for the Palestinians.
Dr Colin Shindler
School of Oriental and African Studies