Nice try Tom but there's a world of difference between having "sought a sense" of what one's adversary has in mind before agreeing to negotiations and demanding to win everything one wants as a condition for those negotiations. From the New York Times:Their credibility damaged by the failure of past talks, the Palestinians had sought a sense of the shape and size of the Palestinian state Netanyahu has in mind before agreeing to more negotiations.
Of course, as a professional journalist bound by the Thomson Reuters Trust Principles and Handbook of Journalism, Perry well understands these distinctions.Adding to the discord, Mr. Erekat recently raised a new bar for the start of direct talks. Alongside the longstanding demand for a complete freeze in settlement building, including in East Jerusalem, which the Israelis have refused, Mr. Erekat said talks should start from the point at which the last direct negotiations, between the Palestinians and the previous, centrist Israeli government, left off in December 2008. He also said that Mr. Netanyahu should state his readiness to recognize a Palestinian state based on the 1967 lines.