we knew that Olmert had offered Abbas a detailed proposal that included a map, but Abbas would not give a straight answer; now it transpires that the Palestinian negotiating team, led by Ahmed Qureia, was quicker than Olmert and presented a plan of its own.
These maps show why no agreement was reached and why it will be difficult to reach one in the future: disagreements over the large settlement blocs. Israeli leaders have repeated to the public time and again, over the years, that Ma’aleh Adumim, Gush Etzion, Ariel and the area around Jerusalem will be a part of Israel in any future agreement. The dispute between left and right in Israel concerns a hundred or so settlements beyond the separation barrier.
The trouble seems to be that Olmert and Livni’s proposals were far from the minimum the Palestinians considered acceptable.
the Palestinians will be able to use the leaked documents to reinforce their claim that they have no partner on the Israeli side. Just look, they’ll say, we drew a map and agreed to effectively give up the right of return, and got nothing.