The Complete Palestinian Account of the Negotiations – From Oslo to Annapolis: 4-Annapolis Negotiation

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This volume complements three previous volumes about the Palestinian-Israeli negotiations, since it covers the period from mid 2007 to late 2008, and includes the deliberations that took place after US President George w. Bush's call to hold a conference in Annapolis. It documents the proceedings of the conference and discusses in detail the negotiation rounds, including the informal minutes of the rounds that came to a halt on the eve of the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip in late 2008.

Although the Annapolis negotiations that took place amid pessimistic expectations, failed to achieve any of the desired goals, and to make a breakthrough in the negotiations deadlock, or more accurately it led to almost nothing at all, I chose to write the story of this round, the last one for me in the long process which started with the Oslo negotiations in 1993.

The most important aspect of this volume, which I hesitated a lot before publishing it, is the documentation and historiography, as well as the narration and analysis of another negotiations round that produced no results - like most of the previous rounds - which might hold some useful lessons for any negotiations in the future.


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Ahmad QURAY' (Abu 'Ala'), born in Abu Dis, near Jerusalem in 1973. He joined Fateh in 1968, and was elected a member of Fateh Central Committee in August 1989. He is a member of the PLO Central Council and a member of the PNC. A chief negotiator for the PLO during the secret talks with Israel in Oslo, Norway in1993. Served as managing director of PECDAR since its creation in 1993; was appointed PA Minister of Economy and Trade and later Industry (1994-96). He led the negotiation team towards the 1995 Oslo II Agreement and was the Palestinian representative on the Steering Committee that monitored its implementation. In 1996, he was elected PLC member for Jerusalem and also elected as speaker of the PLC and served in that post until 2003. In 2003, he was appointed PM in the PA Emergency Government. He was confirmed as PM of Palestine in Feb 2005 until 2006.


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