Magazine article Tikkun

Israeli-Palestinian Peace Accord

Magazine article Tikkun

Israeli-Palestinian Peace Accord

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But Israel Won't Sign On!

Congratulations to former Israeli Justice Minister Yossi Beilin and the Palestinian leadership for having designed a peace accord which they signed in Jordan and which in almost all respects follows the lines detailed in the TIKKUN Resolution for Middle East Peace.

Former Palestinian Information Minister Yasser Abed Rabbo, involved in the formulation of the "Geneva Accord" (because of the help of the Swiss government), told Israel Radio that the Palestinian Authority endorses the plan.

According to the Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz, the agreement includes the following points:

* The Palestinians will recognize Israel as the state of the Jewish people.

* Israel will withdraw to the 1967 borders, except for certain territorial exchanges, as described below.

* Jerusalem will be divided, with Arab neighborhoods of East Jerusalem becoming part of the Palestinian state. Jewish neighborhoods of East Jerusalem, as well as the West Bank suburbs of Givat Ze'ev, Ma'aleh Adumim, and the historic part of Gush Etzion-but not Efrat-will be part of Israel.

* The Temple Mount will be Palestinian, but an international force will ensure freedom of access for visitors of all faiths. However, Jewish prayer will not be permitted on the mount, nor will archaeological digs. The Western Wall will remain under Jewish sovereignty and the "Holy Basin" will be under international supervision.

* The settlements of Ariel, Efrat, and Har Homa will be part of the Palestinian state. In addition, Israel will transfer parts of the Negev adjacent to Gaza, but not including Halutza, to the Palestinians, in exchange for the parts of the West Bank it will receive.

* The Palestinians will pledge to prevent terror and incitement and disarm all militias. Their state will be demilitarized, and border crossings will be supervised by an international, but not Israeli, force.

* The agreement will replace all previous agreements and UN Resolutions.

The October 12 ceremony in Jordan to mark completion of the document was attended on the Israeli side by Beilin, who headed the Israeli negotiating team; Members of Knesset (MKs) Chaim Oron, Amram Mitzna (Labor) and Avraham Burg (Labor); former MK Nehama Ronen, who ran in the Likud primaries late last year; Brigadier General (reserve) Giora Inbar, and author Amos Oz. …

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