My understanding is that Barak made an unprecedented offer to Arafat in 2000 at Camp David in order to resolve the decades-old conflict, but Arafat refused. Barak's concessions were the most far-reaching ever offered and angered many Israelis. To my knowledge, these concessions included: 1) Israeli redeployment from 95% of the West Bank and 100% of the Gaza Strip. 2) The creation of a Palestinian state in that area. 3) The removal of isolated settlements that would be transferred to Palestinian control. 4) Slices of Israeli land to be included in the Palestinian state to compensate for the percentage of the West Bank to become Israeli. 5) Palestinian control over parts of Jerusalem including most of the Old City. 6) "Religious Sovereignty" over the Temple Mount (rather than Israeli sovereignty, which had been in effect since 1967). In return, Arafat had to declare the "end of conflict" and agree that no further claims on Israel could be made in the future. From various reports from those present, Arafat was not willing to modify the Palestinian demands, and instead clung to old all-or-nothing positions, refusing to compromise on Jerusalem or the issue of Palestinian refugees. Arafat failed to offer counter-proposals, or to specify what particular problems he felt needed to be addressed. I ask the following: Was Barak's offer unreasonable? If you believe it was unreasonable, why? What would you term "reasonable" or "fair" in this context? Why did Arafat refuse? My sense is that this was the best opportunity for Arafat, if he truly wanted peace and a homeland for his people, to do so. WHAT DOES ARAFAT WANT? Is it really as simple as the complete destruction of the state of Israel? I hope to learn something from this discussion. Perhaps I am too sympathetic to the Israelis, or maybe I'm not. Perhaps there were other offers on the table which I am unaware of and did not list above that were grossly unfair to the Palestinians. Whichever way your sympathies lie, please state factual reasons why other than sheer emotion.