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America led negotiations from the mid-1970s. Calling them a "process" masks one of the greatest modern deceptions. Palestinians never had a legitimate partner.

"Territorial compromise" and "land for peace" bought time without accomplishing anything. Genuine talks aren't possible unless both sides work together as equal partners.

Israel rejected PLO legitimacy. Yasser Arafat's November 13, 1974 General Assembly comments were ignored, saying:

"The difference between the revolutionary and the terrorist lies in the reason for which each fights. Whoever stands by a just cause and fights for liberation from invaders and colonists cannot be called a terrorist." 

"Those who wage war to occupy, colonize and oppress other people are the terrorists." 

"The PLO dreams and hopes for one democratic state where Christian, Jew and Muslim live in justice, equality, fraternity and progress."

"I have come bearing an olive branch and a freedom fighter's gun. Do not let the olive branch fall from my hand."

Washington and Israel opposed his UN presence. Both countries remain hardline against Palestinian self-determination and peace. 

Instead they support lawless occupation, institutionalized racism, stealing all valued parts of Judea and Samaria, and Jerusalem as Israel's capital alone.

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