The Guardian and broadcaster al-Jazeera have published reports from what has been described as the biggest leak of secret documents in the history of the Middle East conflict.
This latest wave of leaked material in the Guardian is not the result of collaboration with Wikileaks, but through an exclusive partnership with al-Jazeera TV, which obtained the documents.
The Guardian reported this morning that more than 1,600 confidential Palestinian documents had been leaked detailing more than a decade of talks with Israel and the US.
The paper claims that many of the documents – which were drawn up by Palestinian Authority officials and lawyers working for the PLO negotiations support unit – have been independently authenticated and corroborated by former participants in the talks and other sources.
The Guardian has supplement its coverage with information from the WikiLeaks US embassy cables relating to the the US consulate in Jerusalem and the US embassy in Tel Aviv.
The paper said the documents detail the “extraordinary and vivid insight into the disintegration of the 20-year peace process, which is now regarded as all but dead”.
The extent of the disintegration of the peace process will be outlined in a series of reports by the paper this week.
Today, it reveals how Palestinian negotiators secretly agreed to accept Israel’s annexation of all but one of the settlements built illegally in occupied East Jerusalem.
Further revelations later this week are expected to reveal further concessions made by the Palestinians, along with a string of revelations about the secret ties with the Israeli authorities.