by Jason Shepherd
The second session was lightened up by the arrival of “The Red Bull girl” who went around giving Red Bull cans to everyone, which seemed to do a great deal of work as even unprepared delegates, like the delegate of Egypt finally had something to say. The main speakers, however, continued to be the Palestinian and Israeli delegate and their negotiations, which consisted mainly of the Palestinian delegate repeatedly turning off the Israeli delegate’s need for Jerusalem.
As the Israeli delegate was finally convinced that he won’t get Jerusalem in their part of the negotiation, he started asking for some other ‘sensible’ things like for the Hamas to stop any kind of violence in the Israeli territory. Even though his need for Jerusalem was slowly dying because he just wasn’t getting it, he still kept asking for it which soon became a joke the more he asked for it. The Palestinians responded to the new negotiation deal that they would talk to Hamas internally and negotiate with them.
The Hamas is an extremist group that has the ideology, rather ruthlessly, “Destroy Israel”. The delegate of Palestine further added on his argument that, “We cannot control their ideology but we can control how they can advance on it”. The delegate of Israel and their allies never seemed to be happy with the fact that the Palestinian delegate couldn’t control this ideology, but it seemed to be the furthest the Palestinian delegate could go to.
The negotiations, however, were given a great boost when the President, Satrajit Sahani, came to another side of the room as the delegate of Fiji. He became allies with the Israeli delegate and on his behalf of the negotiations, added that their troops would be removed from the West Bank only if the Palestinian Liberation Organisation gives no part of the final negotiations with them, to the Hamas.
The committee went on to the point that they had to be stopped and forced to go for lunch. Electorate Board members of other committees seemed to be much more interested in what was happening in the negotiations between the Israeli and the Palestinian delegates rather than their own committees and you would often see them popping their heads in through the door to see what was happening. But as a member of the press, you couldn’t help it. The negotiations literally had more twists and turns than a Bollywood movie. The only exception being that in the end, the two parties finally agreed to the solution.