DRAFT Document : Israeli-Palestinian Peace Agreement

In an earlier post I reported on the full court press by Sec of State “Condi” Rice to deliver a legacy for President Bush before he leaves office. Haaretz reports that “Sec of State Condoleezza Rice said the U.S. will try to close a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians before president George W. Bush’s term ends in January 2009, but she cautioned there is no guarantee of success.” Following is a copy of a joint document obtained by Haaretz (from a Palestinian source) that is based on discussions between Israeli and Palestinian officials.

17 November 2007, King David Hotel

DRAFT SUBJECT TO APPROVAL
JOINT (P:DOCUMENT) (I STATEMENT)

Preamble:
The representatives of the government of the State of Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), represented respectively by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and President Mahmoud Abbas in his capacity as Chairman of the PLO Executive Committee and President of the Palestinian Authority, have convened in Annapolis, Maryland, under the auspices of President George W. Bush of the United States of America and with the support of (——————-) having concluded the following Joint (P: document) (I: statement):

We express our determination to bring an end to bloodshed, suffering and decades of conflict between our peoples, to usher in a new era of peace based on freedom, security, justice, dignity, respect and mutual recognition, and to propagate a culture of peace and non-violence.

(Include paragraphs on two goals:
the two state solution paragraph
the Road Map paragraph)

(I: We affirm that peace can only be reached through historic reconciliation and the resolution of all outstanding issues by peaceful means in realization of the legitimate national aspirations and self determination (of each people in their own territory) in accordance with the vision of two for two peoples, Israel and Palestine, (Israel as homeland for the Jewish people and Palestine as homeland for the Palestinian people) living side by side in peace and security)

(P: The establishment of the two state solution, the state of Palestine, independent, democratic, sovereign, with East Jerusalem as its capital, living side by side in peace and security.)

(I: We recognize that creating the conditions for peace requires political negotiations between parties committed to the Quartet Principles, that will be accompanied by the implementation of existing obligations and changes on the ground to build public confidence in peace. Such measures include developing the effective foundations for the future Palestinian State, promoting a culture of peace, bringing an end to incitement, extremism, (terrorism) and violence, addressing the situation in Gaza, and tangibly improving the lives of Palestinians and Israelis in the security, economic and humanitarian spheres.]
Note: In the right margin is a hand written note that reads: “And securing the release of Gilad Shalit.”
Further. Words that I surrounded with brackets are found, as additions or changes in the margins.

In furtherance of these goals, we agreed to:
Negotiations:

[P: Launch good faith negotiations in order to conclude a treaty, within 8 months of the convening of the meeting in Annapolis, but no later than President Bush’s term, providing a joint resolution to all aspects of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.]

[I: To be presented. No agreement to timeline, PM Olmert Saban speech.]

[P: These negotiations will be based on the agreed terms of reference and principles herein, including: the Road Map as endorsed by UNSC resolution 1515 (2003) which embodied President Bush’s vision and which called for an end to Israeli occupation that began in 1967, the Arab Peace Initiative of 2002, international law; the establishment of the sovereign independent State of Palestine living side by side in peace and security with the State of Israel; and shall be based on UN resolutions 242,338,1397 and UNGA resolution 194.]

[SE alternative suggestion: to include RM TOR language verbatim instead of I’s and P’s]

[I: The negotiations will be guided by the agreed terms of reference for the peace process. UNSC resolution 242 and 338, previous agreements as accepted by the parties, including the Road Map and President Bush’s vision.] [: Reference to Quartet principles elsewhere]

[: Include reference to core issues–left to AA TL and the plenary teams to discuss]

Gilbert comment. As this document is rather long I will stop here. The remaining sections include: “the Road Map, Role of International Community and Regional States, Follow up Mechanism and the Concluding paragraph.”

At the end of the draft is a note which reads; [ I: Note: Outstanding question for consideration–how to address the situation in Gaza in the document?)

Also. There is no mention of the Golan Heights, the States of Syria or Lebanon in this draft document.

I will post part two of this Document prior to the Heads of State meeting that is to take place next Tuesday, November 27th, at our Naval Academy in Annapolis.


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