Palestinians recognize the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks for what they are: the mopping-up process following a power struggle that Israel won. The spoils of victory are evident in the satellite photographs Jad Isaac recently projected for a group of visiting journalists.
Isaac, who directs a Palestinian research institute, can barely conceal his anger as he points to maps that show how Israel has established permanent control over those sections of Gaza that have the best water supply and best soil. Eight thousand Israeli settlers live on 20 percent of the land in Gaza. They are protected by the Israeli army and separated by checkpoints and bypass roads from the 1.2 million Palestinians who live on the rest of the land. (Israel also controls almost half of the Gaza land on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea.)