The Tenet Cease-Fire Plan
(June 10, 2001)
CIA Director George Tenet traveled to the Middle
East in an effort to solidify a cease-fire between Israel
and the Palestinian Authority
and lay the groundwork for a resumption of peace
talks. The following is the unofficial text (it has not officially
been made public) of the plan:
The security organizations of the Government
of Israel (GOI) and of the Palestinian
Authority (PA) reaffirm their commitment to the security agreements
forged at Sharm al-Sheikh in October 2000 embedded in the Mitchell
Report of April 2001.
The operational premise of the workplan is that the two sides are committed
to a mutual, comprehensive cease-fire, applying to all violent activities,
in accordance with the public declaration of both leaders. In addition,
the joint security committee referenced in this workplan will resolve
issues that may arise during the implementation of this workplan.
The security organizations of the GOI and PA agree to initiate the
following specific, concrete, and realistic security steps immediately
to reestablish security cooperation and the situation on the ground
as they existed prior to 28 September.
1. The GOI and the PA will immediately resume security cooperation.
* A senior-level meeting of Israeli, Palestinian, and US security officials
will be held immediately and will reconvene at least once a week, with
mandatory participation by designated senior officials.
* Israeli-Palestinian DCOs will be reinvigorated. They will carry out
their daily activities, to the maximum extent possible, according to
the standards established prior to 28 September 2000. As soon as the
security situation permits, barriers to effective cooperation
which include the erection of walls between the Israeli and Palestinian
sides will be eliminated and joint Israeli-Palestinian patrols
will be reinitiated.
* US-supplied video conferencing systems will be provided to senior-level
Israeli and Palestinian officials to facilitate frequent dialogue and
2. Both sides will take immediate measures to enforce strict adherence
to the declared cease-fire and to stabilize the security environment.
* Specific procedures will be developed by the senior-level security
committee to ensure the secure movement of GOI and PA security personnel
traveling in areas outside their respective control, in accordance with
* Israel will not conduct attacks of any kind against the Palestinian
Authority Rais facilities: the headquarters of Palestinian security,
intelligence, and police organization; or prisons in the West Bank and
* The PA will move immediately to apprehend, question, and incarcerate
terrorists in the West Bank and Gaza and will provide the security committee
the names of those arrested as soon as they are apprehended, as well
as a readout of actions taken.
* Israel will release all Palestinians arrested in security sweeps who
have no association with terrorist activities.
* In keeping with its unilateral cease-fire declaration, the PA will
stop any Palestinian security officials from inciting, aiding, abetting,
or conducting attacks against Israeli targets, including settlers.
* In keeping with Israels unilateral cease-fire declaration, Israeli
forces will not conduct proactive security operations in
areas under the control of the PA or attack against innocent civilian
* The GOI will re-institute military police investigations into Palestinian
deaths resulting from IDF actions in the West Bank and Gaza in incidents
not involving terrorism.
3. Palestinian and Israeli security officials will use the security
committee to provide each other, as well as designated US officials,
terrorist threat information, including information on known or suspected
terrorist operation in or moving to areas under the others
* Legitimate terrorist and threat information will be acted upon immediately,
with follow-up actions and results reported to the security committee.
* The PA will undertake preemptive operations against terrorists, terrorist
safehouses, arms depots, and mortar factories. The PA will provide regular
progress reports of these actions to the security committee.
* Israeli authorities will take action against Israeli citizens inciting,
carrying out, or planning to carry out violence against Palestinians,
with progress reports on these activities provided to the security committee.
4. The PA and GOI will move aggressively to prevent individuals and
groups from using areas under their respective control to carry out
acts of violence. In addition, both sides will take steps to ensure
that areas under their control will not be used to launch attacks against
the other side nor be used as refuge after attacks are staged.
* The security committee will identify key flash points, and each side
will inform the other of the names of senior security personnel responsible
for each flash point.
* Joint Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) will be developed
for each flash point. These SOPs will address how the two sides
handle and respond to security incidents; the mechanisms for emergency
contact; and the procedures to deescalate security crises.
* Palestinian and Israeli security officials will identify and agree
to the practical measures needed to enforce no demonstration zones
and buffer zones around flash points to reduce opportunities
for confrontation. Both sides will adopt all necessary measures to prevent
riots and to control demonstration, particularly in flash point areas.
* Palestinian and Israeli security officials will make a concerted effort
to locate and confiscate illegal weapons, including mortars, rockets,
and explosives, in areas under their respective control In addition,
intensive efforts will be made to prevent smuggling and illegal production
of weapons. Each side will inform the security committee of the status
and success of these efforts.
* The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) will adopt additional non-lethal
measures to deal with Palestinian crowds and demonstrators, and more
generally, seek to minimize the danger to lives and property of Palestinian
civilians in responding to violence.
5. The GOI and the PA, through the auspices of the senior-level security
committee, will forge within one week of the commencement of
security committee meetings and resumption of security cooperation
an agreed-upon schedule to implement the complete redeployment of IDF
forces to positions held before 28 September 2000.
* Demonstrable on-the-ground redeployment will be initiated within the
first 48 hours of this one-week period and will continue while the schedule
is being forged.
6. Within one week of the commencement of security committee meetings
and resumption of security cooperation, a specific timeline will be
developed for the lifting of interal closures as well as for the reopening
of internal roads, the Allenby Bridge, Gaza Airport, Port of Gaza, and
border crossings. Security checkpoints will be minimized according to
legitimate security requirements and following consultation between
the two sides.
* Demonstrable on-the-ground actions on the lifting of the closures
will be initiated within the first 48 hours of this one-week period
and will continue while the timeline is being developed.
The parties pledge that even if untoward events occur, security cooperation
will continue through the joint security committee.
Ha'aretz, (June 14, 2001)