It is not only being described as the biggest leak of confidential documents in the history of the Middle East conflict, but also the slow death of the region’s peace process.
Despite that, senior Arab officials have refuted the veracity of papers showing that Palestinian negotiators agreed to make a string of once unthinkable concessions with Israel. That included the acceptance of the Israeli annexation of large swathes of what the international community says is illegally occupied East Jerusalem.
The settlements in the disputed city remain a key stumbling block to any future peace. Israel is said to have rejected the concessions and made no offer in return during talks held over the last decade.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who is to hold peace talks in Egypt, has also raised doubts about the papers authenticity.