The Palestine Papers

(2000)


In January 2011, confidential documents related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict were leaked, including thousands of pages diplomatic correspondence, minutes from private meetings, transcripts of high level exchanges and strategy papers dated from 1999 to 2010. Documents are PDFs and listed below in chronological order.


  • May 21, 2000 - Framework Agreement on Permanent Status: Pre-Camp David Draft
    • Summary: Non-paper draft of Framework Agreement on Permanent Status (FAPS) dated May 1, 2000; the draft includes both comments and proposed amendments to the FAPS by Palestinian and Israeli parties to negotiations.
  • June 13, 2000 - Israeli List of Independent Issues
    • Summary: This document is a list of independent issues that run parallel to the core permanent status issues, presented by the Israeli delegation and Ambassador Oded Eran.  The Israelis advocated starting these negotations with technical teams as soon as possible and that movement on these issues would not compromise the core permanent status issues' negotiations.
  • June 16, 2000 - Palestinian List of Independent Issues
    • Summary: This document is a list of Palestinian independent issues that run parallel to the core permanent status issues.
  • July 1, 2000 - 2000-07 Shlomo Yanai Security Presentation
    • Summary: A presentation by Shlomo Yanai, a former general in the Israeli army. He discusses how a future Palestinian state needs to have limited weapons in order to protect Israel's "narrow waist."
  • July 16, 2000 - Meeting Minutes: Camp David Technical Committee on Labor
    • Summary: Minutes of two meetings of technical committees on Labor, pre-Camp David (July 16-17). The parties discuss issues regarding labor agreement drafts; labor quantitative limitations; customs; effective free trade agreements; and preferential access for labor. 
  • July 16, 2000 - Meeting Minutes: Camp David Technical Committee - Economic Working Group
    • Summary: Minutes of tri-lateral meeting of the Economic Working Group.  The parties stressed the importance of establishing an effective economic border and institutions, regulations and policies that would subsequently arise. They also discuss free trade in relation to security needs; Palestinians feel the Israelis are using security to hamper potential trade and related benefits.
  • July 17, 2000 - Meeting Minutes: Camp David Technical Committee - Economic Working Group
    • Summary: Minutes of trilateral meeting of Economic Working Group, dated July 17, 2000.  The parties debate the requirements and parameters of an initial free trade agreement.  The Palestinians complain that Israel has still not yet even granted the rights Palestine is owed from the Paris Protocol.
  • July 20, 2000 - Camp David: Israeli Presentation on Security
    • Summary: Dahlan's notes regarding the Israeli presentation on security at Camp David. The Israelis effectively propose, and demand, military authority from the Dead Sea to the Jordan border.  Israel would also maintain rights to pursuit; sole authority over West Bank airspace; monitor border crossings; and maintain warning stations and military camps within Palestinian territory.
  • August 15, 2000 - Meeting Minutes: Camp David Technical Committee - Economic Working Group
    • Summary: Minutes of Economic Working Group meeting where the parties talked about current and future taxes (and related policies) and effective economic borders. Palestinians are seeking changes that don't change existing trade regime during the transitional period.
  • August 21, 2000 - Meeting Minutes: Camp David Technical Committee - Economic Working Group
    • Summary: Minutes of Economic Working Group meeting, where the parties review a new draft on labor laws. One issue raised is inability of Palestinians to partake in National Insurance Plan, even though deductions are made from their pay. Also, PLO tried to address a security issue - Palestinian workers in Israel should be immune to stops at border. Ben-Bassat argues that the Israeli security needs to address this issue, and cannot be discussed at this meeting.
  • August 22, 2000 - Meeting Minutes: Camp David Technical Committee - Economic Working Group
    • Summary: Minutes of Economic Working Group meeting where parties discuss the characteristics of the Free Trade Area (FTA). The issues that were drafted in the agreement include a definition of the FTA, trade policy, effective economic borders, elimination of duties, rules of origin, prohibition of non-tariff barriers, non-discrimination, customs procedures, standardization, intellectual property rights, liberalization of trade in services, competition, institutional coorperation. Security issues discussed in last meeting were not addressed here, and still require attention.
  • August 28, 2000 - Meeting Minutes: Camp David Technical Committee - Economic Working Group
    • Summary: "Agreed" minutes of Economic Working Group meeting where talking points were outlined from the discussion held during the meeting. This is a follow up meeting from an issue regarding creating effective economic borders. A distinction between economic and security borders was raised. The parties agreed that an effective economic border is needed for the FTA to work. Israel says it will take 2 years to create both an effective economic and security border, while the PLO says it should take less than 2 years.
  • September 17, 2000 - Meeting Minutes: Permanent Status Negotiating Session - Saeb Erekat and Gilad Sher
    • Summary: This meeting primarily discussed principles the Israelis suggested be incorporated into a new article on security. Issues included the demilitarization of the Palestinian state; definition of an emergency situation in which Israel may deploy on Palestinian land; international guarantees to Palestinian security; and the Jordan Valley. Discussion is to continue the next day.
  • September 18, 2000 - Meeting Minutes: Permanent Status Negotiating Session - Saeb Erekat and Gilad Sher
    • Summary: Follow up meeting from 09/17/2000. This discussion counters Israel's suggestions in a new article proposing emergency redeployment if Israel should see " an imminent threat of an external attack by military forces". The Palestinian side ultimately rejected the concept of emergency redeployment areas; wanted the replacement of all Israeli forces in Palestine with international forces over a specified time; insisted that a time limit be placed on Israeli early warning stations; and insisted that Palestine control its own airspace.
  • September 20, 2000 - NSU Memo Re: Comparative Analysis on Palestinian and Israeli Position on Security
    • Summary: This is a mememorandum from the NSU to Mohammad Dahlan. It outlines the positions each party has taken regarding security at both Camp David and King David Hotel (Jerusalem). Points of agreement between the two parties include: disarmament of civilians, prohibition of presence of hostile foreign forces on Palestinian soil, prohibition of Palestinian entry into hostile military or security allliances, prohibition of importation/manufacture of Palestinian arms other than those specified in agreement, existance of early warning stations, transitional arrangements during withdrawal period, involvement of international forces, monitoring and verification, joint security cooperation, and combating terrorism. Points of disagreement include: Palestinian armed forces, early warning stations (number of stations and zoning around the stations), emergency deployment in Jordan Valley, transitional arrangements, airspace, electromagnectic spectrum, security at Palestine's borders with Jordan and Egypt.
  • September 28, 2000 - Schedule for Withdrawal of Israeli Forces
    • Summary: A proposed agreement (Annex One to an unspecified document) for the withdrawal of Israeli forces "to positions held before 28 September 2000." The withdrawal would be conducted in four separate stages over a course of two weeks.
  • November 1, 2000 - Terms of Reference - International Presence in Security
    • Summary: Document entitled "Terms of Reference: Employing an International or Third Party Presence To Address Security Dimensions of the Palestine-Israel Permanent Status Agreement," that frames issues and questions in preparation for determining final terms of reference on security issues.
  • Nobember 11, 2000 - Political-Military Planning for a Permanent Status Agreement
    • Summary: This is a comparative study of permanent status agreements in other conflicts (Yugoslavia, for example), with a list of medium- and long-term challenges that would crop up during a permanent status agreement in Israel and Palestine.
  • November 30, 2000 - Meeting Minutes: U.S., Israel and Palestine Generals
    • Summary: The parties discuss, in detail, implementation of the ceasefire in light of the Mitchell Report and point out violations by Israeli and Palestinian sides (i.e. killings, violence, and related).
  • November 30, 2000 - Meeting Minutes: Yaser Abed Rabbo and Yossi Beilin
    • Summary: Minutes of meeting where the parties discussed biased media coverage; the Egyptian-Jordanian Initiative; Arafat's standing as a partner; and peace politics in Israel.
  • November 30, 2000 - PA Proposal for Implementation of the Tenet Workplan
    • Summary: Palestinian proposal for Tenet Workplan implementation; the proposal outlines detailed phases and steps, including immediate steps by phase for both mutual and exclusively Palestinian/Israeli responsibilities.
  • December 23, 2000 - Meeting Minutes: Saeb Erekat and President Clinton
    • Summary: These are the minutes from a meeting on 12/23/2000 where President Clinton tries to revive the peace process one last time and presents the the Palestinians and Israelis with his parameters for a final status agreement.

Source: Al Jazeera