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In April 2003, the Quartet
[the United States, European Union, United
Nations, and Russia] published a road
map aimed at bringing about a settlement
of the conflict between Israel and
the Palestinians. Israel and
Authority accepted the road map and
agreed to fulfill the commitments it placed
on them. The principal obligations of each
party and their progress toward fulfilling
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The Palestinian Authority — PRINCIPAL
PHASE ONE OBLIGATIONS
PALESTINIAN OBLIGATION: Issue unequivocal
statement affirming Israel’s right
to exist in peace and security
Mahmoud Abbas has affirmed
this principle while also calling
Israel's creation a crime.
Abbas does not oppose armed
continue to obstruct the normalization
of relations between Arab/Islamic
nations and Israel.
¨Hamas remains committed
“Asked whether Fatah had spoken with Hamas about recognizing Israel, [Azzam al-Ahmed, a member of the Fatah Central Committee] said, ‘Fatah has not recognized Israel. I challenge anyone who says that the case is otherwise, whether it’s Hamas or others. Neither Fatah nor Hamas is required to recognize Israel. Only governments and states extend recognition. It was the Palestinian government that recognized Israel, just as the Israeli government recognized us.’” —Jerusalem Post, June 1, 2011.
“Hamas Prime Minister in Gaza Ismail Haniyeh urged the PLO Friday [April 29] to rescind its recognition of Israel in response to the Jewish state's objection to the Palestinian unity agreement. Haniyeh said that there was no justification for recognizing the ‘Israeli entity’ in wake of Israel's objection to Palestinian rights and unity. ‘Their presence on our land is illegal and cannot be recognized,’ the Hamas leader said.” — Ynet, April 29, 2011.
“The Islamist Hamas group in the Gaza Strip on [December 13th] reiterated its aim to recover all of historic Palestine from the Mediterranean to Jordan.... ‘We say that Palestine from the sea to the (Jordan) river is fully the land of the Palestinians. We will cede none of it, and we will not recognise the so-called state of Israel,’ Hamas said in a statement.” — AFP, December 13, 2010.
“When asked about last months terror attack near Kiryat Arba, in which four Israelis were killed by Hamas gunmen, [Hamas leader] Mashaal said that Hamas will continue to ‘kill illegal settlers on our land.’ He stated that Israeli settlers were the source of the problem and he failed to understand why the international community gets upset when ‘we defend our people by confronting Israeli killings.’” — Jerusalem Post, September 27, 2010.
“The official Palestinian Authority daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, reports that PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas said that he supports negotiations with Israel today because it is the only option. However, as to the military option, Abbas said: ‘If you [Arab states] want war, and if all of you will fight Israel, we are in favor. But the Palestinians will not fight alone because they don't have the ability to do it.’” — Palestinian Media Watch, July 7, 2010.
“Tayeb Abdel Rahim, a senior aide to Abbas, said that the Palestinians recently told US special envoy George Mitchell that Israel's request to launch direct negotiations was ‘unacceptable.’” — Jerusalem Post, June 8, 2010.
“‘This movement, with the help of the militant factions liberated the Gaza Strip, and we say, brothers and sisters, we will not be satisfied with Gaza,’ Hainyeh said. ‘Hamas looks toward the whole of Palestine, the liberation of the strip is just a step to liberating all of Palestine.’” — Jerusalem Post, December 14, 2009.
a speech in Damascus, Hamas leader
Khaled Meshal on Sunday played
down talk of potential compromise
and said the
Arab states should renew their
demands for the ‘liberation’ of
Palestinian land ‘from the
sea to the river.’” —Washington
Post, October 12, 2009.
“[Ismail] Haniyya said that Hamas will never recognize Israel and ‘will remain steadfast, protecting the blood of the martyrs... We vow before God, we vow to you, we vow to the martyrs, the detainees and their families, we will remain steadfast,’ Haniyya stated, ‘The resistance will prevail until liberating the land, until liberating Jerusalem.’” — IMEMC News, August 14, 2009.
“Mr. Abbas said Israel's position could lead to more conflict.
‘Although we have chosen peace,’ he said,‘we reserve the right to return to armed resistance.’” — VOANews, August 8, 2009.
“Fatah has never recognized Israel's right to exist and it has no intention of ever doing so, a veteran senior leader of the Western-backed faction said.... Rafik Natsheh, member of the Fatah Central Committee who also serves as chairman of the faction's disciplinary ‘court,’ is the second senior official in recent months to make similar statements regarding Israel.” — Jerusalem Post, July 23, 2009.
“‘The visit has not led to a significant change. Hamas finds the conditions unacceptable," [Ahmed Youssef, the deputy Hamas foreign minister] said. ‘Recognizing Israel is completely unacceptable.’ According to Hamas ideology, there is no room for a Jewish state in an Islamic Middle East. The militant group has sent dozens of suicide bombers into Israel, killing hundreds.” —Washington Post, June 17, 2009.
“Hamas spokesperson, Fawzi Barhoum, stated that Abbas’ term in office had already expired; therefore he cannot sign an agreement with any country, including understandings with the United States and Israel.” — IMEMC, May 26, 2009.
“Khaled Meshal, who lives in Syria, called a two-state solution unacceptable because Hamas cannot envision living with Israel in peace and security.” — United Press International, Inc., May 9, 2009.
“[Khaled Meshal] repeated that he would not recognize Israel, saying to fellow Arab leaders, ‘There is only one enemy in the region, and that is Israel.’” — New York Times, May 4, 2009.
“‘I say this clearly: I do not accept the Jewish State, call it what you will,’ [Mahmoud Abbas] said at a preliminary conference of the Palestinian Youth Parliament in Ramallah. At the end of the conference, Abbas was presented with a large framed map of ‘Palestine,’ covering the entire area of Israel.” — Palestinian Media Watch, April 28, 2009.
“Former Fatah security commander Muhammad Dahlan on Tuesday called on
Hamas not to recognize Israel's right to exist, pointing out that Fatah had never recognized it.” — Jerusalem Post, March 17, 2009.
rejected a call by US Secretary
of State Hillary Clinton for the
Islamic group to recognize the
state of Israel, and said her request
was unacceptable to the Palestinians.” —Jerusalem
Post, February 28, 2009.
is not our goal....The
liberation of all of Palestine,
from the river to the sea, God
willing, will be achieved.” — Hamas
leader Ismail Radwan, AP,
January 20, 2009.
declared on Wednesday that it would
not accept any permanent cease-fire
with Israel.” —Jerusalem
Post, January 7, 2009.
can be achieved only if Israel
withdraws to the last centimeter
of the Palestinian territories
occupied in 1967.” — Palestinian
negotiator Ahmed Qurei, Jerusalem
December 13, 2008.
call on all the factions to undertake
efforts to contain the enemy and
halt its aggression by planning
martyrdom operations.” — Palestinian
prime minister Ismail
September 26, 2008.
Palestinians will continue to negotiate.
But, if the talks reached a dead
end, what do we do? Capitulate?
Resistance in all its forms is
a legitimate right.” — Palestinian
chief negotiator Ahmed Qureia, Reuters, September 23, 2008.
of the Jews here in Palestine is
one of the most splendid blessings
for Palestine. This will be followed
by a greater blessing, Allah be
praised, with the establishment
of a Caliphate that will rule the
land and will be pleasing to men
and God.” — Palestinian
cleric Muhsen Abu 'Ita, Al-Aqsa
TV, MEMRI, July 13, 2008
spokesman for Hamas on Saturday
said negotiations with Israel is
out of the question and the Islamic
movement will never recognize ‘the
enemy.’” — Ismail
Radwan quoted in Xinhua, June
will never recognize Israel
or cease to fight for our land.
Our battle against Israel is
one of resistance to occupation.” — Hamas
political chief Khalid Mashaal
in an address to 'The Decline
of the Zionist Regime' conference
at Tehran University, Tehran
Times, May 27, 2008.
leader Mahmoud Zahar said Wednesday
that a Palestinian state will be
established on all of the land
of Palestine and not only on parts
of it, and that it will include “Jaffa,
Lod and Haifa.” Zahar also
reiterated Hamas’ unwillingness
to recognize the State of Israel
and said that the group “will
continue to persecute the Zionists
wherever they are, after we prove
that the Zionist army can be defeated
- contrary to what was believed
in the past, that it is impossible
to beat the Zionists.” —Jerusalem
Post, May 14, 2008.
light of the weakness of the
Arab nation and the lack of values,
and in light of the American
control over the world, the PLO
proceeds through phases, without
changing its strategy. Let me
tell you, when the ideology of
Israel collapses, and we take,
at least, Jerusalem, the Israeli
ideology will collapse in its
entirety, and we will begin to
progress with our own ideology,
Allah willing, and drive them
out of all of Palestine.” — PLO
ambassador to Lebanon, Abbas
Post, April 13, 2008.
Zionist enemy doesn't have a vision
of peace. Only force... fighting
and holy war works with [Israel].” — Hamas
leader Khalil al-Haya, Jerusalem
Post, March 28, 2008.
this present juncture, I am opposed
to armed struggle because we cannot
succeed in it, but maybe in the
future things will be different.” — PA
President Mahmoud Abbas, Jerusalem
Post, February 28, 2008.
the concept in the Annapolis peace
conference and it almost ended
because of it… they wanted
us to state we recognize Israel
as a Jewish State in the closing
statements, but we wouldn't hear
of it.” — PA President
Mahmoud Abbas, Ynet, February
than 200,000 Palestinians rallied
yesterday in Gaza City to mark
the Hamas movement’s 20th
anniversary, where deposed Hamas
prime minister Ismail Haniyeh said
that whoever declares he will never
recognize Israel earns ‘the
people's love.’ The
crowd chanted: ‘We will
never recognize Israel.’” — Haaretz,
December 16, 2007.
on Thursday called on the UN to
rescind the 1947 decision to partition
Palestine into two states, one
for Jews and one for Arabs. The
group said in a statement, released
on the 60th anniversary of the
UN vote, that "Palestine
is Arab Islamic land, from the
river to the sea, including Jerusalem...
there is no room in it for the
Jews.” — Jerusalem
Post, November 29, 2007.
Palestinian is authorized to offer
concessions. With Palestinian divisions
and the absence of institutions
no one has the right to conduct
negotiations as they please....I
tell my brothers in Ramallah. Your
game is dangerous. Don't gamble
with your political future. The
Palestinian people won't accept
negotiating on the core of the
Palestinian cause as part of a
game destined to fail.” — Hamas
leader Khaled Meshaal, Reuters,
November 5, 2007.
[percent] is unacceptable to us.” — Mahmoud
Abbas on territorial compromise. Washington
Post, September 30, 2007.
and the Aksa Mosque have experienced
occupation by various peoples
in the past and lived through
this occupation. I tell the Israelis:
You and your occupation will
disappear, Jerusalem and the
Aksa Mosque will remain forever.” — Sheikh
Raed Salah, Jerusalem
Post, September 8, 2007.
will fight Israel for generation
upon generation until victory,
and will yet get to dance at the
Al-Aksa mosque in Jerusalem,’ Ismail
Haniyeh, the Hamas prime minister
in the dismissed Palestinian Authority
government, told a rally in the
Gaza Strip on Thursday [Aug. 16].
‘If Israel is not defeated
in this generation, it will be
in the next generation,’ he
said.” — Canadian
Jewish News, August 17, 2007.
far as we're concerned, the issue
of recognition of Israel has
been settled once and for all.
It has been settled in our political
literature, in our Islamic thought
and in our Jihadist culture,
on which we base our moves. Recognition
of Israel is out of the question.”Palestinian
Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, Saudi
daily paper Aljazeera,
April 2, 2007.
will not accept a agreement saying
that at the end of the day,
and Acre are Israeli cities, and part of the Israeli
land. It should, at the
very least, say that these cities cannot be liberated
or regained today, but I will not accept any solution
that prevents any future Palestinian
generation from acting to liberate
and regain the rest of the Palestinian
land, if the current generation
is incapable of accomplishing
this.” — Hamas
Lebanon Osama Hamdan, Al-Manar
TV, April 2, 2007.
extermination of Jews is good
for the inhabitants of the
worlds...” — Kan'an
Ubayd in the Hamas newspaper,
Al-Risalah, April 23,
Friday sermon of March 30, 2007,
on the occasion of the birthday
of Muhammad, was delivered by Hamas
spokesman Ismail Radwan in the
Gaza mosque of Sheikh Zayed bin
Sultan. The sermon was broadcasted
live on the Palestinian national
television, controlled by Abu Mazen,
the Chairman of the Palestinian
Authority....In his sermon, Ismail
Radwan included the following verse:
‘The Day of Judgment will
not arrive until the Muslims fight
the Jews and kill them, until the
Jew hides behind the stones and
the trees; and each stone or tree
will say: Oh Muslim, Oh servant
of God, there is a Jew hiding behind
me, come and kill him; except for
the gharqad, which is the tree
of the Jews.’” — Intelligence
and Terrorism Information Center,
April 11, 2007.
will not betray promises we made
to God to continue the path of
Jihad and resistance until the
liberation of Palestine, all of
Palestine,’ Hamas said
in a statement, in a clear reference
to Israel as well as to the occupied
West Bank.” — Reuters,
March 12, 2007.
will never recognize the usurper
Zionist government and will continue
our jihad-like movement until the
liberation of Jerusalem.” — Palestinian
Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, USA
the establishment of a Palestinian
state in the Gaza Strip and West
Bank will not move Hamas to recognize
Israel, as Palestinian lands
would still remain "occupied," [Hamas
leader-in-exile Khaled] Mashaal
told the Lebanese newspaper Al
Safir....Elsewhere on Tuesday,
Mashaal's words were backed up
by Palestinian Prime Minister
Ismail Haniyeh...[who] emphasized
that the Palestinian people would
not give up a ‘single grain
of the land of Palestine, nor
would it relinquish the right
of return for Palestinian refugees.’” — Jerusalem
Post, December 5, 2006.
Deif, head of Hamas' military
wing and the senior Palestinian
terror suspect wanted by Israel,
said Sunday night that "all
the land conquered in 1948
is Palestine's land. Every
Muslim in the world has the
right and duty to fight in
order to liberate this land
because it is Muslim land.”— Ynet, July 3, 2006.
dream of hanging a huge map
of the world on the wall at
my Gaza home which does not
show Israel on it.” Hamas
Foreign Minister Mahmoud Zahar, Xinhua, April 1, 2006.
platform, published on a Palestinian
website on Saturday, called the
conflict with the ‘Zionist
enemy’ ongoing, and defined
Israel as an ‘occupying power’....The
platform went on to declare violent
resistance, including terror attacks,
legitimate tools for the Palestinian
people, and said that Hamas would
like to learn ‘more efficient’ ways
of achieving Palestinian goals,
which include the right to return
to ‘every centimeter’ of
their land....” — JerusalemPost, March 11, 2006.
don't consider the Israeli enemy
a partner. By winning the elections,
we defeated Israel,’ [Hamas
leader Mahmoud Zahar]
‘Why should we recognize
Israel?’” — Guardian
believes that historical Palestine,
that is, all of Palestine, belongs
to the Palestinian people....We
say that all of Palestine, from
the [Jordan] River to the [Mediterranean]
Sea, belongs to the Palestinians.
They have a legitimate right to
this land.” — Interview with
Hamas Political Bureau deputy head
Musa Abu Marzouq, Dream 2 TV (Sudan),
February 13, 2006.
mission is to liberate Jerusalem
and purify the al-Aqsa Mosque.
Islam goes forward because its
power comes from Allah and it
will continue to advance in spite
of its opposers,’ [Hamas
political leader Khaled] Mashaal
said....” — Ynet, February 14, 2006.
means Palestine in its entirety
- from the [Mediterranean] Sea
to the [Jordan] River, from Ras
Al-Naqura to Rafah. We cannot
give up a single inch of it.
Therefore, we will not recognize
the Israeli enemy's [right] to
a single inch.” Hamas
leader Mahmoud Zahar on Al-Manar
TV, January 25, 2006.
armed wing of the ruling Fatah
party, Aksa Martyrs Brigades,
on Sunday became the first
Palestinian group to publicly
endorse Iran's call to eliminate
Israel.” — JerusalemPost, November
of all this Palestinian land,
and all the Arabic nation, is
all part of the same area. In
the past, there was no independent
Palestinian state; there was
no independent Jordanian state;
and so on. There were regions
called Iraq or Egypt, but they
were all part of one country....Our
main goal is to establish a great
Islamic state, be it pan-Arabic
A-Zahhar, the leader of Hamas
in the Gaza Strip, The Media
Line, September 22, 2005.
leader Mahmoud al-Zahar said
Hamas would “definitely
not” be prepared for coexistence
with Israel should the IDF retreat
to its 1967 borders. “It
can be a temporary solution,
for a maximum of 5 to 10 years.
But in the end Palestine must
return to become Muslim, and
in the long term Israel will
disappear from the face of the
earth.” — Yediot
PALESTINIAN OBLIGATION: Call for immediate
and unconditional cease-fire
¨Hamas and Israel agree
to a cease fire in Gaza effective
June 19, 2008.
¨Abbas and Olmert agreed
to a cease fire at the end
of November 2006.
¨Abbas and Sharon agreed
to declare an end to hostilities
during a summit in Egypt.
to threaten violence if their
demands aren't met.
¨Even after Israel
withdraws completely from Gaza,
Palestinians continue to fire
rockets into Israel on an almost
following are a sample of the most
“Israeli airstrikes hit multiple targets in the Gaza Strip after two long-range rockets fired from Gaza struck southern Israel. The Israeli Air Force early Thursday (August 4) morning bombed two training camps in East and West Gaza City, according to an Israeli official and Palestinian witnesses. The camps reportedly are run by Hamas. The day before, Grad rockets fired from Gaza landed in the open territory near Kiryat Gat, and then later another within the city of Ashkelon, damaging a road.” — JTA, August 4, 2011.
“The IDF spokesperson confirmed Tuesday (August 2) that the air force attacked several targets in Gaza overnight.... in response to a Kassam rocket fired at southern Israel from Gaza on Monday night.A woman in her fifties was moderately injured by shrapnel from the rocket, which landed between in open territory in the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council.... Over the weekend, two Kassam rockets fired from Gaza landed near Israeli communities in the western Negev, the IDF spokesperson's office said.”— Jerusalem Post, August 2, 2011.
“The Israel Air Force attacked multiple targets located in various parts of the Gaza Strip overnight Thursday (July 14) after Palestinian terrorists fired a total of five Kassam rockets into the western Negev...”— Jerusalem Post, July 15, 2011.
“... a Kassam rocket fired from the Gaza Strip exploded in a field near a kibbutz in the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council Wednesday morning (July 13), and another in the Eshkol region Wednesday afternoon. according to Army Radio.... Earlier, the IAF struck two targets in the northern Gaza Strip overnight Tuesday (July 12).... The airstrikes were in response to two rockets that were fired from the Strip into Israeli territory Tuesday night. The Kassam rockets exploded in the western Negev.”— Jerusalem Post, July 13, 2011.
“Civilian areas in southern Israel were heavily shelled by Palestinian terrorists in Gaza on Saturday morning (Mar. 19), when more than 50 mortars were fired at the regional councils of Sha'ar Hanegev, Eshkol and Sdot Hanegev. Two Israelis sustained light injuries by shrapnel and were transferred to Soroka Hospital in Beersheba. Hamas's armed wing, the Izzadin Kassam Brigades, claimed responsibility for a dozen of the mortars fired.”— Jerusalem Post, March 19, 2011.
“Israel Border Police forces discovered five pipe bombs and three Molotov cocktails ready to be thrown in a Palestinian terrorist's bag at the Tapuach checkpoint, south of Nablus on Tuesday (Mar. 8).” — IDF, March 8, 2011.
“Two Grad-model Katyusha rockets struck Beersheba for the first time since Operation Cast Lead in the Gaza Strip over two years ago. The rockets fell on in a residential Beersheba neighborhood. One rocket landed in the yard of a home, causing extensive damage. Air raid sirens went off throughout the city mere seconds before the rocket struck.” —Jerusalem Post, February 24, 2011.
A Grad rocket fired from the Gaza Strip exploded near wedding festivities in Netivot. —Ynet, February 2, 2011.
“Three Kassam rockets were fired into Israeli territory and exploded in the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council [January 10th].” —Jerusalem Post, January 10, 2011.
“Four mortar shells fired by Palestinian terrorists in Gaza landed in [Kibbutz Sha'ar Hanegev], injuring three foreign agricultural workers on [January 8th] - one of them seriously. One shell struck a building housing the workers, who were employed by the kibbutz. One man is in serious condition and has been taken for surgery with shrapnel wounds to his chest.” —Jerusalem Post, January 8, 2011.
“The IAF on [January 7th] struck a terror base in northern Gaza and a smuggling tunnel in the southern Strip, according to the IDF spokesman. The IDF confirmed they were direct hits and no injuries were reported. The IDF spokesman said that the air strike was in response to mortar fire from the Strip into Israeli territory on [January 6th]. The mortar shell launched from Gaza fell in Sdot Negev on Thursday morning.” —Jerusalem Post, January 7, 2011.
“In a joint operation with the Shin Bet (Israel Security Service), the IAF Tuesday night, [January 4th,] struck a terror base in central Gaza and a smuggling tunnel in the southern Strip, according to the IDF spokesperson. The IDF spokesperson said that the airstrikes were in response to Kassam fire from the Strip into Israeli territory Tuesday afternoon.” —Jerusalem Post, January 5, 2011.
“A Kassam rocket landed near a kindergarten in a kibbutz near Ashkelon on [December 21st], injuring a 14-year-old girl. Four more Israelis were treated for shock. The IAF struck seven terror targets early Tuesday morning following the firing of 10 mortar shells into Israeli territory on Monday.” —Jerusalem Post, December 21, 2010.
“A rocket fired into southern Israel from the Gaza Strip exploded in the area of the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council early Monday [September 13th] morning. Security forces were searching for the remains of the rocket, but believed that it was a Kassam-type missile. No injuries or damage were reported in the attack. The firing of the rocket was the tenth such attack on the area since Rosh Hashana began last Wednesday [September 8th].” —Jerusalem Post, September 13, 2010.
“A mortar shell fired by Palestinian terrorists in north Gaza Wednesday [September 8th] morning exploded near a number of kindergartens in a kibbutz located in the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council. There were no reports of injury, but slight damage was caused to one of the kindergartens.” —Ynet, September 8, 2010.
“The child hydrotherapy rehabilitation center adjoining Sderot’s Sapir Academic College provides therapy and workshops for specialneeds children who live in the western Negev and is used by children from the entire country. On Saturday night, an upgraded Kassam rocket scored a direct hit on the ceiling of the center.” — Sderot Media Center, July 31, 2010.
“A Grad missile launched from the Gaza Strip landed in a central, residential area in the southern city of Ashkelon Friday morning. Magen David Adom crews treated two people for shock. The missile shattered numerous windows of the surrounding, multi-story buildings and vehicles in the area.” — Jerusalem Post, July 30, 2010.
“Two mortar shells and a Kassam rocket were fired from Gaza [June 24th] and landed near one of the kibbutzim in the Negev Regional Council area.
Earlier in the day, three mortar shells exploded after hitting open land in the Ashkelon area. Three other shells landed in Palestinian territory near the Erez crossing.” — Jerusalem Post, June 25, 2010.
“A Kassam rocket fired from the Gaza Strip landed in southern Israel.... Earlier Monday [June 14], Israeli soldiers discovered five pipe bombs in the bag of a Palestinian man at a checkpoint near Nablus. Also Monday, a bomb exploded at the southern Gaza border near Kibbutz Nirim, according to the Israeli army.” — JTA, June 15, 2010.
“Israeli Navy commandos prevented a terror attack on Monday morning, when a unit of heavily armed Palestinian frogmen was intercepted in the Nahal Aza area.... According to IDF, the size of the unit and equipment it was carrying proved that a large scale attack had been planned, and only the commandos' quick, effective response prevented a disaster.” — Jerusalem Post, June 7, 2010.
“Four Kassam rockets were launched into Israel Thursday night. The rockets set off warning sirens in Sderot and Ashkelon, and exploded in open areas.” — Jerusalem Post, June 4, 2010.
“IAF jets struck one tunnel in the northern Gaza Strip.... The strike came in response to a Kassam rocket fired from northern Gaza late Thursday, which landed near Ashkelon...” — Jerusalem Post, May 21, 2010.
“Israel's Air Force bombed two [smuggling tunnels] in southern Gaza.... The attack was in retaliation for a Kassam rocket fired from Gaza Saturday night that struck Israel near Ashkelon. It was the first rocket fired from Gaza at Israel in more than a month and it came just hours after the Palestinian Authority was authorized to begin indirect peace talks with Israel by the Palestine Liberation Organization executive committee.” — JTA, May 10, 2010.
“...a Thai greenhouse worker was killed when a Kassam rocket [the third in 24 hours] fired by Gaza terrorists exploded in the Netiv Ha’asara area....
A small Islamist faction calling itself Ansar al-Sunna claimed responsibility for the attack.
In a statement e-mailed to reporters in Gaza, the al-Qaida-inspired faction said the attack was a response to Israel's 'Judaization' of Islamic holy places in Jerusalem and elsewhere in the West Bank. A second group, the Aksa Martyrs Brigades, also later claimed responsibility. Vice Premier Silvan Shalom warned that the attack would lead to a strong reaction, and said that Hamas was ultimately responsible.” — Jerusalem Post, March 18, 2010.
“Following a Kassam rocket attack on southern Israel, the IAF bombed targets in the Gaza Strip overnight Thursday, hitting an arms smuggling tunnel in Rafah and a weapons factory in Khan Yunis.” — Jerusalem Post, February 12, 2010.
“Israel Air Force jets fired missiles early Wednesday at targets in the southern Gaza Strip, responding to rockets fired from the coastal salient by Palestinian militants, Israel's military said.” — Haaretz, February 10, 2010.
“A Kassam rocket fired from the Gaza Strip landed in the western Negev.” — JTA, January 13, 2010.
“... for the first time since Operation Cast Lead, a Katyusha rocket landed south of Ashkelon.” — Jerusalem Post, January 7, 2010.
“The Israel Air Force dropped thousands of leaflets over Gaza on Thursday, after Palestinian militants launched a barrage of at least ten mortar shells at Israel, none of which caused injuries or damage. Six shells exploded in the northwestern Negev, three others struck near the Kerem Shalom crossing with Gaza, while another exploded in the coastal strip. The Popular Resistance Committees (PRC) claimed responsibility Thursday for the mortar fire.” —Haaretz, January 7, 2010.
PALESTINIAN OBLIGATION: Take substantive
and visible actions to stop terrorists
and dismantle terrorist infrastructure
has explicitly said he would
not disarm terrorist groups
or dismantle their infrastructure.
¨Abbas has said he
will stop attacks on Israel.
¨Abbas has also said
he will not use force to confront
¨Hamas rejects Abbas’s
“Gazans will continue to smuggle arms despite international efforts to stop them, Hamas parliamentarian Moushir al-Masri announced on Saturday.Al-Masri, responding to a Friday decision by several NATO member nations to help stop arms smuggling to Gaza, said 'any attempts to eliminate the Palestinian peoples' right to resistance will fail in the face of the peoples' determination.'” — Ynet news, March 14, 2009.
American officers responsible for
monitoring Israeli and Palestinian
compliance with the road map peace
plan recently criticized the Palestinian
Authority's counterterrorism efforts....Specifically,
the Americans are concerned that
the PA does not engage in the full
spectrum of counterterrorism activities,
including arrests, interrogation
and trial, as it would if it were
trying to eradicate the armed wings
of Islamic terrorist organizations.” — Haaretz,
March 28, 2008.
Palestinian interior minister Saeed
Seyam, chosen by Hamas to oversee
three security services, said on
Thursday he will not order the
arrest of militants carrying out
attacks against Israel.” — Reuters, March
forces killed early Thursday
at least two terrorists belonging
to Islamic Jihad’s
armed wing as they were attempting
to place a bomb along the
security fence in central
Gaza.” — Ynet, March
Sunday, IDF soldiers arrested
two Palestinians at the Beit
Iba checkpoint north of Nablus
after discovering in their possession
a 15-kilogram explosive device.” — Haaretz,
March 13, 2006.
defense establishment has identified
a joint effort by Islamic Jihad
and Hezbollah to initiate a new
wave of terror....Security sources
told Haaretz that the Islamic
Jihad and Hezbollah headquarters
in Damascus and Beirut were streaming
large sums of money into the
territories to spur on terror
cells to carry out attacks.” — Haaretz,
February 6, 2006.
forces operating in Jenin this
weekend surrounded a headquarters
for Palestinian military intelligence
following information that several
wanted Islamic Jihad terrorists
were hiding in the building....The
Palestinian commander admitted
that he had aided the Islamic Jihad
terrorists, who had hidden in the
building overnight.” — IDF,
January 3, 2006.
Palestinian suicide bomber killed
five people outside an Israeli
falafel stand. Islamic Jihad claimed
reponsibility for Wednesday´s
attack on Hadera, calling it "revenge" for
Israel´s killing earlier
in the week of its top West Bank
commander in an army raid. At least
33 people were also wounded by
the terrorist, who blew himself
up in the town´s outdoor
market. Palestinian Authority
President Mahmoud Abbas issued
a condemnation.” — JTA, October
national security advisor,
Jibril Rajoub, denied on Tuesday
that the PA was planning to
disarm Hamas or any other armed
group. ‘We haven't called
for disarming anyone,’ Rajoub
said. ‘There is no decision
to collect [illegal] weapons
and we haven't taken any steps
in this direction.’” — JerusalemPost, October
Authority police were given orders
Thursday to round up guns from
terrorist factions and, thereafter,
to arrest anyone seen in public
with an unlicensed weapon....The
round-up of weapons, while likely
to be welcomed by Israel, falls
short of the Palestinian Authority’s
obligation under the U.S.-led ‘road
map’ to dismantle terrorist
groups.” — JTA, September
Palestinian Authority on Wednesday
rejected an appeal from the Quartet
to dismantle armed militias and
called on the international community
to stop meddling in the Palestinians'
internal affairs....PA Chairman
Mahmoud Abbas dismissed the appeal,
saying the Palestinians knew
how to handle their own affairs. ‘With
regard to the issue of the armed
Palestinian groups and our dealings
with them, this is an internal
affair.’”— JerusalemPost, September
Palestinian Authority on Saturday
released two men jailed in connection
with the February 25 suicide
bombing at the Stage club in
Tel Aviv, in a bid to persuade
Islamic Jihad to abide by the
unofficial truce with Israel.” — Jerusalem
Post, June 11, 2005.
¨PA Interior Minister
Abdel Razzak Yahya, who is
formally in charge of the Fatah-controlled
security forces in the West
Bank, said that the PA was
determined to disarm all armed
groups as required by the road
map plan for peace in the Middle
¨Similar orders given
in the past were never implemented.
vow resistance to surrendering
weapons, and use the cease-fire
period to enhance their weapons’ arsenal.
Palestinian armed groups on Sunday
rejected attempts by the Palestinian
Authority to confiscate their weapons,
vowing to thwart such moves.” — JerusalemPost, November
Mashaal, whose group has carried
out dozens of deadly suicide attacks
on Israelis over the years, also
restated Hamas' rejection of U.S.
and Israeli demands to disarm.” — AP, November
a Palestinian Authority ban on
public displays of weapons, about
1,000 people brandishing assault
rifles and rocket launchers marched
through Gaza City on Thursday
and vowed to hold on to their
arms. Members of
the Al Aksa Martyrs' Brigades,
fired into the air while their
leaders made speeches insisting
on the right to bear arms against
Israel.” — JerusalemPost, November
Palestinian Authority announced
on Sunday a security plan aimed
at disbanding the armed wing
of Fatah and recruiting hundreds
of its members to the security
forces....It was also unclear
Sunday night whether all Fatah
militiamen had accepted the plan....the
plan is directed first and foremost
towards Fatah's armed wing, the
Aksa Martyrs Brigades, whose
members are largely responsible
for the current state of lawlessness
and anarchy in the West Bank
and Gaza Strip.” — JerusalemPost, October
of Hamas terrorists paraded
with weapons through the streets
of Gaza City on Sunday in the
group's largest show of force
in years, defying Palestinian
efforts to ban public arms
displays.” — Ynet, September
ruled out disarming Hamas,
saying any such attempt 'would
be a useless move destined
to plunge us into a civil war.'” — JerusalemPost, September
Authority Foreign Minister Nasser
al-Kidwa declared on Saturday
that the PA has no intention
to disarm armed Palestinian groups
as demanded by the road map peace
plan.” — Jerusalem
Post, (June 11, 2005)
are committed to resistance and
will not consent to any dismantling
of resistance groups and laying
down arms before the occupation
leaves our land.” — Hamas
political leader Khaled Mashaal
told Al-Jazeera TV, AP, May 26
Palestinian Authority reiterated
Wednesday it had no intention
of disarming militants despite
constant Israeli calls for such
a move and a recent pledge to
crack down on unlicensed weapons.” — Reuters,
May 4, 2005.
far as I know, the Palestinians
have completed gathering the
weapons of wanted militants in
Jericho,’ [head of Israeli
military intelligence] Maj. Gen.
Aharon Ze’evi told Israel
Radio on Thursday, according
to Ha’aretz. But
P.A. President Mahmoud Abbas
has ‘no intention of using
force against Hamas and collecting
its weapons,’ Ze’evi
said.” — JTA,
May 6, 2005.
told [Israel Radio Arab Affair
Correspondent Avi Yissakharov]
that while the PA has made announcements
regarding the collection of weapons
that in fact the weapons have
yet to be collected.” — Israel
April 19, 2005.
Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas
said Tuesday that his security
forces have collected the weapons
of all the fugitives in Jericho
and Tulkarm - the cities which
were transferred recently to
Palestinian security control.
Abbas further assured that arms
would be confiscated in all cities
that would be transferred to
PA control, including weapons
in the hands of Hamas members.” — JerusalemPost, April
policemen and security personnel
will be allowed to carry weapons.” — President
Mahmoud Abbas, JerusalemPost, January
agreed to hide our weapons, to
keep them out of public view,
but we are not going to hand
them over to the Palestinian
Authority,’ said Kamal Ghanem,
an Al-Aqsa Brigades fugitive....[Sami
Abu Zuhri, a Hamas spokesman]
said a demand that gunmen hand
over their weapons ‘is
not acceptable.’” — Haaretz, April
¨Abbas has acknowledged
the need for such consolidation,
and has said he will merge
the security forces into three
organizations. He has not yet
Palestinian Authority has been
unable to impose law and order
and the areas under its control
have grown increasingly chaotic.
“[Hamas foreign policy chief Mahmoud Al-Zahar] also added that Hamas would not allow the return of the security officers who used to run Gaza security agency offices before the division in 2007. Hamas also does not agree to re-open Fatah offices in the strip at the current stage and will delegate this task to the Egyptian/Arab committee that will supervise the implementation of the reconciliation deal.” — Ahram,
May 11, 2011.
is a well-known fact that the
vast majority of incidents that
create the chaotic security situation
in the territories originate
with the security forces themselves....Abu
Mazen has tried to compromise,
mediate and outline agreements
with the heads of the security
services, but in practice, it
turned out that he is incapable
of controlling them and imposing
security reforms.” — Haaretz,
November 29, 2005.
Authority policemen went on
a rampage in Nablus....The incident
is the latest sign of growing
anarchy and lawlessness in
Nablus and other Palestinian
communities.” — JerusalemPost, September
of members of the dominant Palestinian
Fatah movement began training
in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday
for what they said would be a
popular army to help keep law
and order after Israel withdraws
this month....It was far from
clear how any new force might
fit into the security structure
and appeared certain to add to
the current jumble of at least
a dozen forces, many divided
by deep rivalries and with a
poor history of cooperation.” — Reuters,
August 2, 2005.
50 members of the Palestinian
Authority's Military Intelligence
Force on Wednesday blocked main
roads and stormed public buildings
in the Gaza Strip in protest
against the PA's decision to
reconstruct the Palestinian security
forces. Armed with AK 47 assault
rifles, the protesters also raided
the offices of the Palestinian
Legislative Council in Rafah,
demanding that the PA rescind
its decision.” – Jerusalem
Post, June 1, 2005.
will also work towards merging
the security forces into three
organizations” – Jerusalem
Post, January 27, 2005.
PALESTINIAN OBLIGATION: Cut off public
and private terror funding
¨Abbas has agreed to
pay government subsidies to
the families of terrorists.
the Revelations on the Israel Resource
Review on April 30th, 2005 and
May 1st, 2005 (www.IsraelBehindTheNews.com)
that the official Palestinian Authority
media has been alleging that Israeli
soldiers have been murdering women
at checkpoints with the use of
radiation equipment, the office
of the Israeli Prime Minister commented
that ‘The Government of Israel
rejects such charges in no uncertain
terms and sees this Palestinian
statement as part of an orchestrated
campaign of incitement against
the state and people of Israel.’”
Palestinian Authority has decided
to impose restrictions on preachers
who deliver sermons in West Bank
and Gaza Strip mosques...The
move is seen as an attempt by
the PA leadership to stop incitement
against Israel and the US in
Minister Silvan Shalom told the
Israeli Cabinet Sunday that there
has been a substantial change
in the content of Palestinian
television broadcasts in the
past few days. ‘This is
evident in the end of inciting
broadcasts," he said. However, "the
change must be deeper and include
public awareness, starting with
the education system, universities
and so on, where the change in
content is not yet evident.’”— Haaretz, February
television has been ordered
to cleanse its screens of bloody
imagery by the newly elected
president, Mahmoud Abbas, to
chime with a new mood of ‘peacemaking''
in the region.’” — Telegraph, February
OBLIGATION: Appoint empowered and
independent interim prime minister
¨Abbas appointed Salam Fayed
as the new Prime Minister to replace
Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh.
Fayed is a former World Bank economist,
he ran as the head of a third way
group of independents in the elections
that actually brought Hamas to
power, then the Hamas-led government
was boycotted by the international
community, but when Hamas and Fatah
formed a unity government in March,
Salam Fayed was named the finance
minister, and the US and the EU
resumed contact, at least through
him.” — AM, June 16,
The Government of Israel — PRINCIPAL
PHASE ONE OBLIGATIONS
OBLIGATION: Affirm commitment to two-state
“In my vision of peace, in this small land of ours, two peoples live freely, side-by-side, in amity and mutual respect. Each will have its own flag, its own national anthem, its own government. Neither will threaten the security or survival of the other.” — Prime Minister Netanyahu, Speech at the Begin-Sadat Center at Bar-Ilan University, June 14, 2009.
extend my hand in peace to Mahmoud
Abbas, elected President
of the Palestinian Authority. On
behalf of the State of Israel, we
willing to negotiate with a Palestinian Authority.” -
Prime Minister Olmert Speech to Congress, May 24, 2006.
Sharon also spoke ‘about
the Palestinian independent democratic
state’ and ‘about
the occupation, never to be an
occupier anymore,’ Mr.
Abbas said.” — New
York Times, February
today’s Government decision
[in favor of disengagement],
Israel proved that it is willing
to make painful compromises and
take great steps towards achieving
peace. I said that many times,
and I would like to repeat it
today.” — Prime Minister
Ariel Sharon, February
Palestinian neighbors, I assure
you that we have a genuine intention
to respect your right to live independently
and in dignity. I have already
said that Israel has no desire
to continue to govern over you
and control your fate. We in Israel
have had to painfully wake up from
our dreams, and we are determined
to overcome all the obstacles which
might stand in our path in order
to realize the new chance which
has been created.” — Prime Minister Ariel
part, the Palestinians can then
also live in dignity and freedom
in an independent state, and, together
with us, enjoy good neighborly
relations, while cooperating for
the good of both our peoples..” — Prime Minister Ariel
can also reassure our Palestinian
partners that we understand
the importance of territorial
contiguity in the West Bank
for a viable Palestinian state.” — Prime
Minister Ariel Sharon, June
is in Israel's interest not
to govern the Palestinians,
but for the Palestinians to
govern themselves in their
own state. A democratic Palestinian
state fully at peace with Israel
will promote the long-term
security and well-being of
Israel as a Jewish state.” — Prime
Minister Ariel Sharon, June
OBLIGATION: Dismantle settlement outposts
erected since March 2001
has resumed dismantling illegal outposts.
“US officials said that Netanyahu agreed to nearly a dozen other steps towards renewed negotiations, such as releasing some Palestinian prisoners from jail and removing more roadblocks in the West Bank.... Israel would also expand the responsibilities of the Palestinian security forces, and discuss borders and the status of Jerusalem in detail...” — Jerusalem Post, April 22, 2010.
“The Israel Defense Forces began razing about 100 "dirt mound" roadblocks from the entrances to Palestinian villages across the West Bank on Wednesday, as part of an ongoing effort to improve life for Palestinians.” — Haaretz, September 16, 2009.
“Security forces evacuated the Nahalat Yosef outpost near Elon Moreh, in northern Samaria on Monday morning.” — Jerusalem Post, June 1, 2009.
“Civil Administration and police forces on Thursday morning demolished a minor Jewish outpost named Maoz Esther near Kokhav Hashachar in Samaria, the West Bank, three days after US President Barack Obama told visiting Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu that he must call a halt to settlement activity.” — Jerusalem Post, May 21, 2009.
“The IDF on
Thursday demolished several structures
in the unauthorized outpost of
Yad Yair, near Ramallah, prompting
settler protests throughout the
area. The army declared Yad Yair
a closed military zone, announcing
that it would arrest anyone who
came near the site.” — JerusalemPost, September
forces were evacuating two unauthorized
outposts in the West Bank on Wednesday.” — Jerusalem
Post, January 16, 2008.
this week, Deputy Prime Minister
Haim Ramon had said that the government
might dismantle about two dozen
unauthorized outposts as early
as next week.
Samaria and Judea District police
said Wednesday that while one small
outpost near Hebron had been evacuated
earlier in the day, no more outposts
would be evacuated before police
and IDF held a situation assessment
and deemed the time appropriate
to do so.” — Jerusalem
Post, January 10, 2008.
Minister Ehud Olmert told the cabinet
that he would remove all unauthorized
outposts in the West Bank.” — Jerusalem
Post, November 19, 2007.
police razed a West Bank settler
outpost. Police and troops on Thursday
forcibly removed the four structures
at Har Hivi, an outpost erected
near the settlement of Kedumim.” – JTA, November
right-wing activists were arrested
Monday on suspicion of attacking
police officers and damaging property
as Border Police forces evacuated
some 60 activists from the Shevut
Ami outpost next to Kedumim.” – Jerusalem
Post, October 15,
and IDF troops forcibly evicted
hundreds of settlers and right-wing
activists from the former settlement
of Homesh.” – Jerusalem
defense minister ordered the
evacuation of 12 settler outposts.” – JTA, May
Defense Ministry will complete
in the coming months a detailed
plan for the removal of illegal
outposts in the West Bank....to
speed up the process, the state
will streamline the bureaucratic
procedures for issuing demolition
orders.” – Jerusalem
forces and right-wing protesters
clashed violently on Wednesday
as the evacuation of the Amona
outpost in the West Bank was
completed. Soldiers and policemen
razed all nine of the structures
after spending over three hours
emptying them of protestors.” – Jerusalem
Minister Shaul Mofaz issued three
more demolition orders for illegal
outposts Thursday night: the
Scali Farm near Eilon Moreh;
the Arusi Farm near Har Bracha;
and another site near Yitzhar.” – Jerusalem
a day of violent clashes between
security forces and settlers,
the illegal structures located
at the unauthorized Neveh Daniel
North outpost in Gush Etzion
were finally demolished on Wednesday.” – Jerusalem
security forces dismantled two
illegal West Bank settler outposts.
Troops and police scuffled with
dozens of settlers during Thursday´s
operation against outposts built
near Kedumim and Elon Moreh settlements.
At least four settlers were arrested,
and the army vowed to tackle
two more outposts before nightfall.” – JTA,
October 27, 2005.
will remove the 24 unauthorized
settlement outposts established
since Prime Minister Ariel
Sharon came to power in March
2001, while the fate of 81 other
outposts established before that
date will be determined by a
special committee.” – Jerusalem
Post, March 13, 2005.
report solicited by Sharon found
105 illegal outposts including
61 built on land that did not
belong to the state. — Haaretz, March 9, 2005.
Defense Ministry will soon
appoint a civilian overseer
for the evacuation of illegal
settlement outposts in the
West Bank, in preparation
for dismantling approximately
20 such outposts”. — Haaretz, January 7, 2005.
has dismantled roughly a dozen
[outposts].” — Associated
¨Olmert reaffirmed the commitment not to build
“Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel on [November 25, 2009] announced his intention to halt new residential construction in West Bank settlements for 10 months as part of an effort to revive stalled Middle East peace talks.” — New York Times, November 26, 2009.
be straight, we committed ourselves
in the road map not to build
new settlements and we will not
build any.” — Jerusalem
Post, November 19, 2007.
settlements and outposts are
growing rapidly in the West
Bank and Gaza Strip…” – Washington
Post, July 23, 2004.
OBLIGATION: IDF withdraws from parts
of the Gaza Strip and West Bank
completely withdrew from the
Gaza Strip and dismantled four
settlements in the West Bank.
conditioned on a cessation
of Palestinian terror.
“The IDF has announced a series of steps designed to help Palestinians in the West Bank.... Passage procedures of Palestinian businessmen to or from the West Bank will be simplified.... The IDF is also slated to remove sixty road blocks in the West Bank, open the Daharia checkpoint south of Hebron and the Keidar road for unrestricted Palestinian movement.” —Jerusalem Post, May 24, 2010.
“Israel has decided to radically reduce its military presence in the West Bank cities of Kalkilya, Ramallah, Jericho, Jenin, and Bethlehem as part of an effort to bolster the Palestinian Authority, defense officials said on Thursday.”—Jerusalem Post, June 25, 2009.
“The Israeli army has removed a major checkpoint on the road into the West Bank town of Jericho, easing its grip on one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Jordan River valley.”—Washington Post, June 17, 2009.
“According to a statement released by the IDF Spokesperson, the Rimonim roadblock, which is located east of Ramallah and allows access to the city from the Jordan Valley area, and the Bir Zeit roadblock, were removed following consultations Monday between Judea and Samaria Division Brig.-Gen. Noam Tibon and PA Civil Affairs Minister Hussein a-Sheikh.” — Jerusalem Post, June 3, 2009.
“Yesterday evening, May 10, 2009, two roadblocks in the Ramallah area were removed, one located near the village of Ras Karkar and the other near the village of Ein Yabrud. The removal of the Ras Karkar roadblock allows free movement of vehicles between the city of Ramallah and the villages to its west, while the removal of the Ein Yabrud roadblock allows for traffic between Ramallah and villages to its east.” — Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, May 11, 2009.
there have been some lowered restrictions
to access and movement, more progress
needs to be made in order for Palestinian
businesspeople and workers to be
able to conduct business in an
environment in which they can thrive.” — U.S.
Secretary of State Condoleezza
Rice, JTA, October 17, 2008.
Civil Administration in the West
Bank has negotiated a deal with
a number of Palestinian villages
in the Kalkilya region in which
dirt roadblocks cutting off their
access to nearby cities and roads
would be lifted in exchange for
the cessation of local terror activity.” — JerusalemPost, June
Sunday, the IDF announced that
Israel had removed 10 roadblocks
in southern Hebron.” — JerusalemPost, June
envoy Tony] Blair
said that the Israelis had agreed
to remove four checkpoints throughout
the West Bank, upgrade seven others,
and move one.” — JerusalemPost, May
IDF removed 10 dirt mound roadblocks
in the West Bank on Thursday.” — JerusalemPost, April
would remove 50 travel barriers
located in and around Jenin, Tulkarm,
Kalkilya and Ramallah. Israel also
promised to dismantle one permanent
roadblock.” — JerusalemPost, March
will continue to honor a cease-fire
in the Gaza Strip even though
rockets are being fired from
there toward the Negev at the
rate of about two a day, the
security cabinet decided Sunday.” — JerusalemPost, December
last IDF vehicle rolled out
of the Gaza Strip through the
Kissufim crossing at 6:40 a.m.
Monday, marking an end to 38
years of military presence
in the area. ” — JerusalemPost, September
forces pulled back from Jericho
on Wednesday, strengthening the
hand of Palestinian leader Mahmoud
Abbas as he seeks to commit militants
to a formal cease-fire so that
he can talk peace with Israel.” — Reuters, March 16,
Authority President Mahmoud Abbas
and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel
Sharon announced a cease-fire
Tuesday, hailing it as a new
opportunity for peace in the
Middle East.” — JerusalemPost, February
Israelis will withdraw from
the cities and the adjacent
areas and they will leave
checkpoints, and Palestinian
security forces will replace
them at these checkpoints.” — Haaretz, February 9, 2005.
also declared the gradual transfer
of security control to the
PA of the West Bank cities
of Jericho, Bethlehem, Tulkarm,
Kalkilya and Ramallah. Other
steps Israel announced include
an agreement to stop hunting
fugitives, provided that they
sign a pledge to halt attacks
and hand over weapons.” — Jerusalem
Post, February 3, 2005.
OBLIGATION: End actions considered
to incite Palestinians and undermine
¨Israel has agreed to undertake goodwill gestures
(such as the release of Palestinian
prisoners, which is not obligated
by the Road Map), as well
as to halt actions that are
considered provocative, such
as: deportations, destruction
of Palestinian institutions
and infrastructure, and other
withheld tax and customs revenues
consented to the transfer
of supplies and equipment to
the PA Security
Forces, above and beyond that
called for in the Israel-Palestinian
“...the Israeli defense establishment has handed over a new list of dozens of wanted members of Fatah's military wing, who were included in the 2007 amnesty agreement.... [O]ut of the 73 wanted men, 13 were given full amnesty providing them with complete freedom of movement. The other 60 were given freedom of movement in Area A or near the security headquarters they serve in.” — Ynet, June 10, 2010.
freed 198 Palestinian prisoners
Monday, including the longest-serving
Palestinian detainee in an Israeli
jail, in a move Israeli officials
said was meant to strengthen Palestinian
Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.” — Washington
Post, August 26, 2008.
the objection of coalition members
Shas and Israel Beiteinu, the cabinet
approved on Monday a list of 441
Palestinian prisoners to be released
ahead of the Annapolis conference.” — Jerusalem
Post, November 19, 2007.
will free 400 Palestinian prisoners
on Thursday in what Prime Minister
Ariel Sharon has called an
attempt to boost moderate Palestinian
Authority Chairman Mahmoud
Abbas ahead of a Gaza withdrawal.” — Haaretz,
June 2, 2005.
a fierce debate about the release
of prisoners 'with blood on
their hands,' the committee
settled on an immediate release
of the 500 prisoners on Shin
Bet's list after the summit
in Egypt on Tuesday, and a
subsequent release of another
400 prisoners in three months.” — Jerusalem
Post, February 3, 2005.
released 159 Palestinian prisoners
Monday as a gesture to the
new Palestinian leadership.” – CBS, December
said that if there is a total
halt to all forms of Palestinian
violence against Israelis
everywhere, Israel would
refrain from all military
activity. The only deviation
from that would be for "ticking
bombs," which would
take place only under special
circumstances and with approval
from the political echelon.” — Haaretz, January
ISRAELI OBLIGATION: Work to improve
the humanitarian situation in Gaza
and West Bank
completely withdrew from the
Gaza Strip, giving complete control
within that area to the Palestinian
the Bilateral Committees established
in the Oslo Accords to address
the ongoing needs of the Palestinian
“[Major Gen. Eitan Dangot] estimated that soon the capacity at the Kerem Shalom crossing point will reach 300 trucks per day.... The increase in materials entering Gaza supports 78 projects that are being implemented by the international community. Twenty-two projects are in education, 16 are water and sewage works, 10 agricultural and others in the field of housing, health and electricity. There has also been an increase of business people allowed to travel out of Gaza to conduct business in the West Bank and Israel in order to promote economic growth.” — CNN, December 14, 2010.
“The Allenby Bridge crossing on the Israeli-Jordanian border will remain open 24 hours a day for the transfer of goods as part of the government's effort to ease the daily life of Palestinians residing in the West Bank. The decision, which was reached Wednesday [July 8] during a meeting of a ministerial committee headed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Regional Development Minister Silvan Shalom, is also aimed at promoting a number of joint economic ventures with the Palestinian Authority (PA).” — Ynet, July 8,
on Monday released 227 Palestinian
prisoners as a gesture to Palestinian
leader Mahmoud Abbas to mark the
Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha.” — Haaretz, December 15,
by the IDF's Civil Administration,
the report cites a three percent
drop to 16% in Palestinian unemployment
since the beginning of the year.
In addition, the report cites a
24% increase in Palestinian average
daily wages....Since the beginning
of the year, the IDF has also removed
113 roadblocks and dirt mounds
throughout the West Bank, enabling
easier travel between Palestinian
cities.” — Jerusalem
Post, December 1, 2008.
officials have met figures in the
Palestinian Authority to coordinate
passage of Palestinian farmers
through the security barrier so
that they can harvest their olive
trees located on the Israeli side....In
advance of the olive harvest, which
runs from October through December,
Israel has issued 3,000 permits
to Palestinians so they can pass
through the barrier; the gates
will also be open for longer hours.” — Jerusalem
Post, October 6, 2008.
road blocks have been removed in
the Hebron area to improve daily
life for Palestinians.” — JTA,
August 28, 2008.
also dismantled a large checkpoint
south of Ramallah on Monday after
removing two others in the West
Bank in the past few days.” — Washington
Post, August 26, 2008.
“Israel...removed a checkpoint in the...West Bank on Thursday that had curbed movement outside a main Palestinian city. It was the third such checkpoint Israel has removed this month.” — Reuters, August 21, 2008.
Israeli army said the checkpoint
between the city of Hebron and
a commercial crossing point into
Israel would be open for trucks
for six hours a day.” — Reuters,
August 8, 2008.
is increasing the flow of supplies
into Gaza as an Egyptian-mediated
truce that began last Thursday
holds.” — VOA.com,
June 22, 2008.
accordance with directives from
the political echelon, the IDF
has formulated an extensive plan
to ease restrictions for Palestinians
in Judea, Samaria and the Jordan
Valley. The plan will significantly
improve Palestinian lives in
the area.” —Israeli
Foreign Ministry, June 3,
last IDF vehicle rolled out
of the Gaza Strip through the
Kissufim crossing at 6:40 a.m.
Monday, marking an end to 38
years of military presence
in the area. ” — JerusalemPost, September
1,000 Palestinian workers from
Gaza will be allowed to enter
Israel and work. Several hundred
businesspeople from Gaza and
the West Bank will also be
granted entry permits to Israel.” – Haaretz, February