How to Think About the Palestine Papers

Al-Jazeera has acquired what it says are secret documents detailing the offers made by Palestinian negotiators to Israeli officials as late as 2008. The documents suggest that Palestinian negotiators have been flexible about Israel's demand that it be allowed to annex large settlement blocs. This is not new news. Also, I'm not sure of the provenance of these documents. The Palestinians are arguing that they are a mix of half-truths and forgeries. I don't know yet what they are. Most so-called secret revelations about the peace process tend to walk you right into a hall of mirrors. So let's see what's what before sweeping generalizations are made. If these documents reflect reality accurately, then they do conform to my understanding that Palestinian Authority negotiators are serious about compromise. Whether their compromises are enough to forge a peace treaty is, of course, the question.