It applies to what has just happened on Gibraltar
People need to be more Israeli here and less like the Palestinians - see below
A few thoughts [thread] 👇
The Spanish PM Sanchez leads a minority Government facing important elections in Andalusia in early December
His Socialist party only has 84 of 350 seats in Spanish Parliament. He has weaker domestic position that Theresa
This isn't about substance but politics with Sanchez threatening to "veto" Brexit.
He has no power to stop the UK leaving the EU
This wasnt actually about that though
The UK letter changes literally nothing but allows 🇪🇸 point to something
Yet instead they seem pretty calm 👇
A senior Israeli former negotiator told me an anecdote about the Annapolis peace conference
Both Palestinians and Israelis were gathered at the naval academy waiting for the formalities to kick off
At last minute the Palestinians asked for changes to text
They showed the Israeli team the changes requested. Olmert & Rice paced up & down while the Israeli negotiatiors examined the changes
We can live with this. The changes were material but not too fundamental
So someone took a golf buggy across to the Palestinian team (based somewhere else on the campus) and told them it was ok - the Israelis would accept the changes
So after pulling everything apart Palestinians sent officials back to Israeli team to demand that they go back to the original text
The anecdote is instructive because it speaks of how people can lose perspective in negotiations & become convinced they're being betrayed even when actually they may not be
Of course Sanchez is saying he won. He would say that wouldn't he.
As someone once said *nothing has changed*
Yet our Parliamentarians & commentators tend to take at face value any statement by the EU
So it isn't clear that Gib would want to be part of a future trade agreement between the EU and UK anyway.
Spain still has veto over future
Spain will try to push for more on Gibraltar and UK will have to resist that
In the meantime everyone needs to remember Palestinians at Annapolis.
Be calm. Look at text