The Palestinian people and the Jewish
people each recognize the other's historic rights with respect to the same
The Jewish people has for generations wanted to establish
the Jewish State in all the Land of Israel, while the Palestinian people has
similarly wanted to establish a state in all of Palestine.
The two sides hereby agree to accept a historic compromise
based on the principle of two sovereign and viable states existing side by
side. The following Stament of Intentions is an expression of the will of
the majority of the people. Both sides believe that through this initiative
they can influence their leaders and thereby open a new chapter in the
region's history. This new chapter will be realized by calling on the
international community to guarantee security in the region and to help in
rehabilitating and developing the region's economy.
The People Vote - Statement of Intentions
1. Two states for two peoples: Both sides will declare
that Palestine is the only state of the Palestinian people and Israel is the
only state of the Jewish people.
2. Borders: Permanent borders between the two states will
be agreed on the basis of the June 4, 1967 lines, UN resolutions and the
Arab peace initiative (known as the Saudi initiative).
- Border modifications will be based on an equal
territorial exchange (1:1) in accordance with the vital needs of both sides,
including security, territorial contiguity, and demographic considerations.
- The Palestinian State will have a connection between its
two geographic areas, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
- After establishment of the agreed borders, no settlers
will remain in the Palestinian state.
3. Jerusalem: Jerusalem will be an open city, the capital
of two states. Freedom of religion and full access to holy sites will be
guaranteed to all.
- Arab neighborhoods in Jerusalem will come under
Palestinian sovereignty; Jewish neighborhoods under Israeli sovereignty.
- Neither side will exercise sovereignty over the holy
places. The State of Palestine will be designated Guardian of the Temple
Mount for the benefit of Muslims. Israel will be the Guardian of the Western
Wall for the benefit of the Jewish people. The status quo on Christian holy
sites will be maintained. No excavation will take place in or underneath the
4. Right of return: Recognizing the suffering and the
plight of the Palestinian refugees, the international community, Israel, and
the Palestinian State will initiate and contribute to an international fund
to compensate them.
- Palestinian refugees will return only to the State of
Palestine; Jews will return only to the State of Israel.
5. The Palestinian State will be demilitarized and the
international community will guarantee its security and independence.
6. End of conflict: Upon the full implementation of these
principles, all claims on both sides and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
Clinton Parameters and the Nusseibeh-Ayalon Statement of Principles
"New Tries for Mideast Peace" --
NY Times Editorial
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