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Secretary-general, United Nations
On behalf of the
State of Israel and the Jewish people, and as an expression of our sincere
intentions to achieve comprehensive and lasting peace with the Palestinian
people, we submit for the consideration of the Security Council the following
commitments, and have no objection to these commitments being expressed in a
The people of Israel and the entire world seek a just and
lasting peace in the Middle East, which should include the application of both
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The resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is
predicated on the mutual recognition of the rights of the Jewish people and the
Palestinian people to self-determination as expressed in UN Resolution 181 from
November 29, 1947 leading to the establishment of two nation-states for two
peoples on the territory that was the British Mandate until May 14,
The Jewish people accepted the 1948 partition plan which led to the
creation of the State of Israel. The Arab world rejected the resolution, and as
a result the state of Palestine has yet to be established. The government of
Israel under my leadership has agreed to the establishment of a Palestinian
state which shall be established upon arriving at a comprehensive peace
agreement between the PLO and Israel. The establishment of the state of
Palestine will be on the basis of the June 4, 1967 borders, in the areas of
Judea, Samaria (the West Bank) and Gaza, with agreed-upon territorial swaps
enabling a reasonable adjustment of the borders that takes into account the
developments on the ground since June 1967.
The territorial swaps
principle will ensure that the State of Palestine will be of equal size to the
territories conquered by Israel in June 1967, so that 22% of the territory
between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea will be the Palestinian state
and the remaining 78% will be the State of Israel. The lands that will be
exchanged from territory inside Israel will be uninhabited.
these principles, the government of Israel and the PLO will enter into immediate
direct negotiations on the exact borders between them. The negotiations will
include security requirements for peace, the future of Jerusalem, refugees,
water, economic relations and sustaining a culture of peace.
the eternal capital of the State of Israel, yet we note with unease that the
nations of the world have not yet recognized it as such. Through the peace
process we seek full international recognition of Jerusalem as our capital and,
therefore, recognize the need to address Palestinian claims regarding its
future. Israel also recognizes the importance of the holy sites in Jerusalem to
all three religions, and will consider together with the Palestinian leadership
all proposals to guarantee free and open access to all people who respect the
sanctity of the sites.
The treaty of permanent peace will establish
Palestine as the Palestinian homeland, just as Israel is the homeland for the
Jewish people. Israel is a democratic peace-loving state which accepts its
obligations contained in the United Nations Charter, and in the spirit of the UN
calls on the Palestinian people to join hands with us to resolve this conflict
through negotiation and dialogue. Both parties are free to raise all their
claims and issues for resolution in the negotiations.
We welcome the
continued assistance of the United States and the Quartet in facilitating the
negotiations. This is a time when historic leadership is necessary. We firmly
believe the conflict is resolvable. We call on all members of the United
Nations, especially members of the Arab League, to take positive steps that will
encourage moderation and will support our efforts for peace.
We know that
as we move forward toward peace, the enemies of peace will step up their efforts
to destroy our achievements through terrorism. Hamas and Islamic Jihad
terrorists are faithful to their covenant of destroying Israel. This we cannot
allow, nor can the Palestinian leadership. We call upon all nations to
cast out those who support and launch terrorism. We call on all nations
to put an end to the flow of money and weapons to terrorist organizations.
Terrorism is the most dangerous enemy of peace and democracy, and we must all
face the challenges that these criminals pose with resolute commitment and
Through direct negotiations we can reach peace. Once we
have completed the negotiations and have arrived at an agreement which puts an
end to the conflict and to all claims of both parties, the State of Israel will
be proud to sponsor the call to admit the state of Palestine as a full member of
Prime Minister of Israel The writer
is co-CEO of the Israel/Palestine Center for Research and Information
(www.ipcri.org) and is in the process of founding the Center for Israeli