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  A Performance-Based Roadmap to a Permanent Two-State Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
The destination is a final and comprehensive settlement of the Israel-Palestinian conflict by 2005, as presented in President Bush’s speech of 24 June, and welcomed by the EU, Russia and the UN in the 16 July and 17 September Quartet Ministerial statements.
Palestinians undertake comprehensive political reform in preparation for statehood, including drafting a Palestinian constitution, and free, fair and open elections upon the basis of those measures.
Palestinians declare an unequivocal end to violence and terrorism and undertake visible efforts on the ground to arrest, disrupt, and restrain individuals and groups conducting and planning violent attacks on Israelis anywhere.
www.state.gov /r/pa/prs/ps/2003/20062.htm   (1831 words)

From the 1960s to the 1980s internal and public PLO documents stated that the goal of the PLO was to create a Palestinian state in all of Jordan, Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, all of which they termed "Palestine".
The "State of Palestine", whose independence was declared by the PLO in the 1980s, claims these territories, but most countries do not recognize the "State of Palestine" as a state.
Palestinians, international observers and prominent historians have stated that most of them left because some were driven out by force from the Haganah and the Jewish undergrounds or fled in fear of massacres.
www.teachersparadise.com /ency/en/wikipedia/p/pa/palestine.html   (2795 words)

 "State Department Weighs Plan for Palestinian State - Forward.com"
The Bush administration is considering a plan to declare an independent Palestinian state with provisional borders by the end of 2007.
The State Department announced this week that Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will be visiting the region “early next year” and, according to spokesman Sean McCormack, will “devote a lot of time and energy” to implementing a two-state solution.
A diplomatic source, briefed by administration officials on the idea of a state with provisional borders, said this week that the most significant advantage the plan has is that it would allow President Bush to achieve his goal of a two-state solution within a reasonable timeframe.
www.forward.com /articles/state-department-weighs-plan-for-palestinian-state   (1243 words)

 President Bush Calls for New Palestinian Leadership
And when the Palestinian people have new leaders, new institutions and new security arrangements with their neighbors, the United States of America will support the creation of a Palestinian state whose borders and certain aspects of its sovereignty will be provisional until resolved as part of a final settlement in the Middle East.
And the United States will not support the establishment of a Palestinian state until its leaders engage in a sustained fight against the terrorists and dismantle their infrastructure.
Palestinian legislators and officials, humanitarian and international workers, must be allowed to go about the business of building a better future.
www.whitehouse.gov /news/releases/2002/06/20020624-3.html   (1853 words)

 Khaleej Times Columnist - henryakissinger
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert are to hold preparatory meetings to define major elements of a settlement.
Her next challenge will be to steer the process so as to avoid the risk of what happened at Camp David in 2000, when Israeli and PLO leaders sought an agreement only to see it blow up into a new crisis that continues to this day.
The statement of the supreme leader of Iran attacking the Palestinian peace process and warning Arab states not to participate in it is likely to be the beginning of a systematic campaign.
www.khaleejtimes.com /ColumnistHomeNew.asp?section=henryakissinger&col=yes   (1452 words)

 Middle East Institute: Policy Brief
The two main slogans of the uprising were freedom and independence, focused primarily on Palestinian disengagement from the Israeli economic and administrative occupation, with the goal of building a unilaterally self-governing authority in its place.
Nusseibeh was adamant in his assertion that the Palestinian people are not inherently violent; rather than a mere expression of violence, the Intifada was instead the outpouring of a people’s yearning for freedom with the goal of establishing a state apparatus to ensure the fulfillment of basic human values.
This claim was further reinforced by the overwhelming support among Palestinians for the two-state peace initiative Dr. Nusseibeh cosponsored with Ami Ayalon, former head of the Israeli Shin Bet and member of the Labor party, launched on June 25, 2003.
www.mideasti.org /articles/doc638.html   (845 words)

 Palestinian State of Nature
It is an odd state -- if a state is what it is -- where brigands can show up at the door and fight it out without anyone's calling 911.
In the case of the Palestinians, they have to be told to shape up.
From what one of them told me, the Palestinians themselves were so intent on not accepting any "tainted" aid that they were reconciled to losing the greenhouses and the jobs that came with them.
www.washingtonpost.com /wp-dyn/content/article/2005/09/12/AR2005091201430.html   (726 words)

 The Palestinian state
The Palestinian state and its impact on the State of Israel
This section of the site is intended to high light stories and issues related to the state of the Palestinian people that may be of interest to those supporting them and wanting real reform.
Is Hamas in the Iranian-Syrian orbit or the Palestinian one?
www.zionismontheweb.org /Palestinian_state.htm   (516 words)

 The Livni-Rice Plan: Towards a Just Peace or Apartheid - International Middle East Media Center - IMEMC
What Israel expects of the Palestinians, then, is a type of occupation-by-consent made possible by "negotiations" in which a priori the Palestinians lose up to 85% of their historic homeland.
The Palestinians have always been irrelevant, including in the Oslo "peace process." In his congressional address, Olmert was explicit in Israel's intention to impose a Pax Israeliana unilaterally if need be: "We cannot wait for the Palestinians forever.
The existence of a Jewish state depends on that of a Palestinian one.
imemc.org /article/48134   (2310 words)

 Rice tries to build on Mideast cease-fire - CNN.com
Olmert's offer to free Palestinian prisoners in exchange for an Israeli soldier whom militants captured more than five months ago is a turnaround from an earlier demand that the abductors free the soldier without conditions.
Rice expressed U.S. commitment to a "viable and contiguous" Palestinian state and voiced concern for the deteriorating humanitarian conditions for Palestinians, especially in Gaza.
Palestinian leaders dispatched 13,000 troops to the Gaza-Israel border to enforce the agreement after some militants' rocket attacks into Israel, Abbas' office said.
www.cnn.com /2006/WORLD/meast/11/30/abbas.rice   (695 words)

 "International Recognition of a Unilaterally Declared Palestinian State: Legal and Policy Dilemmas" by Tal Becker
Similarly, a Palestinian declaration of statehood which purported to include parts of Jerusalem within the territory of a Palestinian "state" would be legally meaningless in light of the absence of any Palestinian authority over Jerusalem, and the actual exercise of Israeli sovereignty and jurisdiction in all parts of the city.
As far as the requirement for sovereign title is concerned, the Palestinians have relied variously on the alleged illegality of the Palestine Mandate and on UN General Assembly Resolution 181 of 1947 (the Partition Resolution).
For decades the Arab states and the Palestinians themselves declared this resolution legally invalid and ensured the irrelevance of its recommendations by mounting an armed attack on the fledgling State of Israel.
www.jcpa.org /art/becker1.htm   (2208 words)

 Palestinians - The Peace FAQ
Parkes stated that "in the wars between villages it was far too common a practice to cut down fruit trees and olives and to destroy crops, and this in the end caused as much loss of life through hunger as was caused by the actual casualties of fighting".
Palestinians are Arabs, indistinguishable from Jordanians (another recent invention), Syrians, Lebanese, Iraqis, etc. Keep in mind that the Arabs control 99.9 percent of the Middle East lands.
Palestinian Arab nationalism is largely a post-World War I phenomenon that did not become a significant political movement until after the 1967 Six-Day War and Israel's capture of the West Bank.
www.peacefaq.com /palestinians.html   (4272 words)

 Al-Ahram Weekly | Opinion | A virtual Palestinian state
Peaceful coexistence is a formula which allows two states to live in peace despite their intractable differences, even when, as in the case of the two superpowers during the Cold War, there is no prospect of overcoming these differences.
The Palestinian birth rate is much higher than the Israeli, and the demographic balance is eventually expected to tilt in favour of the Palestinians.
It calls on the Palestinian leadership to act decisively against terror and to build a practicing democracy and on Israel to affirm its commitment to the creation of an independent, democratic and viable Palestinian state.
weekly.ahram.org.eg /2003/644/op3.htm   (1418 words)

 The End of a viable Palestinian state   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Once there's a Palestinian state the conflict is over and we can all move on to the next item on the agenda.
A Palestinian state can just as easily be a prison as a legitimate state that addresses the national aspirations of its people.
The answer is clear: establish a tiny Palestinian state of, say, five or six cantons (Sharon's term) on 40-70% of the Occupied Territories, completely surrounded and controlled by Israel.
www.palestinemonitor.org /new_web/viable_palestinian_state.htm   (749 words)

 UJC - Israel Educational Initiative: A "Provisional" Palestinian State
Israel has been seeking an end to the conflict with the Palestinians for more than half a century and is now prepared to accept the creation of a Palestinian state beside Israel as part of a negotiated solution that ends the conflict.
Rather than spend the last nine years since the Oslo agreements were signed building the structure of a state, the Palestinians have created a terror state that is universally regarded as so corrupt that it must start almost from scratch with new elections and institutions that are accountable and transparent.
The Palestinians themselves are already expressing dissatisfaction with the idea of a provisional state, showing that they remain unwilling to accept any compromise and will accept nothing less than a Palestinian state replacing Israel instead of the one Israel has offered beside it.
www.ujc.org /content_display.html?ArticleID=42137   (599 words)

 Palestinian State (proposed): History, Geography, Government, and Culture — Infoplease.com
The history of the proposed modern Palestinian state, which is expected to be formed from the territories of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, began with the British Mandate of Palestine.
Palestinian elections on Jan. 25, 2006, resulted in a stunning and unexpected landslide victory for Hamas (74 of the 132 parliamentary seats) over the ruling Fatah Party, and in February, Ismail Haniya, a centrist Hamas leader, became prime minister.
In response, Palestinian president Abbas dissolved the government, fired Prime Minister Ismail Haniya, and declared a state of emergency.
www.infoplease.com /ipa/A0776421.html   (2329 words)

 Imagine a Palestinian State: A Nightmare for the Arabs and for Israel - article by Daniel Pipes
An independent Palestinian state would pose well-known dangers to Israel and the United States, but a close look shows that if such a state ever came into existence the biggest losers would be the Arabs.
The citizens of this state would suffer human rights abuses, and Arab states in the neighborhood would be threatened by a whole range of new dangers.
Certainly, no one should expect a Palestinian state on the West Bank and Gaza to end the Arab-Israeli conflict: it would merely move it to a new stage.
www.danielpipes.org /article/180   (828 words)

 A Palestinian Prison-State?
A full 60 percent of the Palestinian population is under the age of 18.
While he declared emphatically that ''A state of scattered territories will not work," his agreement to Israel's annexation of its major settlement blocs leaves one to wonder just where that viable Palestinian state will be.
Israel could control the borders, Palestinian movement, all the water and most of the agricultural land, the Jerusalem area (which, because of tourism, represents almost half the Palestinian economy), the country's airspace, and even its communications sphere.
www.commondreams.org /views05/0411-20.htm   (806 words)

 A Palestinian State Already Exists - IRIS Blog   (Site not responding. Last check: )
This state was officially founded in the summer of 2005, when Israel removed its military forces and civilian population from the Gaza Strip and so established the first wholly independent Palestinian state in history.
In the State of Palestine, women are stripped naked and forced to march in the streets to humiliate their husbands.
In the State of Palestine, people are kidnapped from their homes in broad daylight and in front of the television cameras.
iris.org.il /blog/archives/2215-A-Palestinian-State-Already-Exists.html   (1576 words)

 CNN.com - Sharon backs Bush plan for Palestinian state - Dec. 4, 2002
Under President Bush's plan, a provisional Palestinian state would be formed by the end of 2003, once the Palestinian Authority has completed extensive reforms and held new elections.
But Sharon insists Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat should not be a part of the process, the terrorist acts must stop and that the Palestinian government must complete extensive reforms before the process moves forward.
Bush announced the roadmap in a speech last June in which he called for Palestinians to "elect new leaders, leaders not compromised by terror." He also called on the new leaders to adopt a new constitution and undergo economic, judicial and educational reform.
archives.cnn.com /2002/WORLD/meast/12/04/sharon.palestinian.state   (701 words)

 What kind of Palestinian state?
The permanent status of the autonomous territories and the question of the borders of the Palestinian entity have been postponed to the final negotiations.
For the Palestinian Authority there is only one solution: the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with full sovereignty over the whole territory of the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem occupied by Israel during the Six Day War of June 1967.
That state was proclaimed by the Palestine National Council at its nineteenth session, held in Algiers in November 1988.
mondediplo.com /focus/mideast/question-state   (465 words)

 ZNet |Israel/Palestine | The End Of A Viable Palestinian State
Once there's a Palestinian state the conflict is over and we can all move on to the next item on the agenda.
A Palestinian state can just as easily be a prison as a legitimate state that addresses the national aspirations of its people.
The answer is clear: establish a tiny Palestinian state of, say, five or six cantons (Sharon's term) on 40-70% of the Occupied Territories, completely surrounded and controlled by Israel.
www.zmag.org /content/showarticle.cfm?SectionID=107&ItemID=7574   (764 words)

 "No" to a Palestinian State - Opinion - Arutz Sheva
Sharon is reluctant to take back his statements (if he had only wanted to, he could have zigzagged on the issue of the Palestinian state, as well) and the absence of any appropriate reaction from the rest of official Israel is understood to be silent agreement.
Furthermore, the creation of an independent Palestinian state in Judea, Samaria, Gaza and Jerusalem means ripping out parts of the motherland, the cradle of Jewish civilization and tradition, and having a hand in the expulsion or abandonment of hundreds of thousands of Jewish settlers.
The establishment of such a state will not only be a reward and incentive for terrorism, but it will lead to instability and a constant strategic threat to the existence of the State of Israel.
www.israelnationalnews.com /Articles/Article.aspx/1079   (820 words)

 Left Behind: A Palestinian State?
According to the poll, conducted by the Gallup Organization in May, 48% of Americans favor an independent Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza strip areas—territory occupied by Israel since 1967—while 27% are opposed and 25% have no opinion.
This led the way for the establishment of the sovereign state of Israel, though the land was partitioned into Israeli and Arab territories by the UN (which itself came into being because of World War II).
The Arab states did not accept the UN proposal and a series of wars began, which have continued to produce deep tensions between the two sides ever since.
www.leftbehind.com /channelendtimes.asp?pageid=513&channelID=71   (1384 words)

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