The Palestine Papers


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.

  • January 25, 2001 - Meeting Minutes: Taba Summit - Security - Dahlan and Herzog
    • Summary: Minutes of meeting with Dahlan, Herzog and others in Taba; the discussions focuses on Israeli right to deploy forces in Jordan Valley, and political implications of doing so.
  • January 26, 2001 - Meeting Minutes: Taba Summit - Security - Dahlan and Yanai
    • Summary: The parties discuss a non-militarized state; Yanai submits a list of weapons the Israelis do not want Palestinians to have.
  • April 18, 2001 - Jordanian Non-Paper on Peace Process Re-launch
    • Summary: Non-paper describing Jordan and Egypt's proposal to re-launch peace process and end crisis; 4-step process is advocated.
  • April 20, 2001 - Egyptian Non-paper on Peace Process Re-Launch
    • Summary: In this paper, Jordan and Egypt incorporate the understanding reached at the Sharm El Sheikh Summit that convened on Oct 16-17, 2000 to suggest specific steps (outlined in the document) to acheive peace between Israel and the Palestinians. And to guarantee the adherence of both parties to the implementation of the proposals, sponsors of the Peace Process, the European Union, Egypr, Jordan, and the Secretary General of the United Nations will monitor this program.
  • May 15, 2001 - Meeting Minutes - Handwritten Notes Regarding Abed Aloon on Prisoners
    • Summary: Notes on meeting with Aloon regarding prisoners. The notes identify status on several prisoners, including Abu Hanudeh, Ghaneimet, Hinani, Al Wardeh. The discussion also focuses on the role of the CIA (necessary role) and Israeli-CIA cooperation over PA prisoners.
  • June 11, 2001 - George Tenet's Palestinian-Israeli Security Implementation Work Plan
    • Summary: Work plan by George Tenet detailing Palestinian-Israeli security implementation, proposed June 11, 2001. The work plan calls for both sides to immediately re-establish security cooperation and the situation on the ground as existed prior to September 28, 2000. The work plan called upon the security organizations of GOI and PA to initiate the following:
      • 1. The GOI and PA will immediately reume security cooperation; includes provision for weekly meetings among US, PA and GOI senior officials as well as removing barriers to effective cooperation, including erection of walls between P-I sides.
      • 2. Both sides will take immediates measures to enforce strict adherence to the cease-fire and to stabilize the security environment - includes provisions for: Israel to release Palestinians with no association to terrorist activities; PA to prevent any Palestinians from threatening/attacking Israeli targets; and Israel to recognize PA's sovereignty in as regards security activities in PA territories.
      • 3. Palestinian and Israeli security officials will use the security committee to share terrorist threat information; calls for cooperation in apprehending those who threaten the peace process.
      • 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; includes provisions for establishing Joint Standard Operating Procedures, identification of flash points, curtailing of illegal weapons and call for IDF to adopt additional non-lethal measures in dealing with Palestinians civilians.
      • 5. The GOI and PA will create an agreed-upon schedule to implement the redeployment of IDF forces to pre-09/28/2000 positions within one week of resumption of security cooperation; demonstrable on-the-ground redeployment will be initiated within the first 48 hrs of this one-week period.
      • 6. A specific timeline will be developed for lifting of internal closures as well as for the reopening of internal roads, the Allenby Bridge, Gaza Airport, Port of Gaza and border crossings within one week of resumption of security cooperation; demonstrable on-the-ground lifting of the closures will be initiated within the first 48 hrs of this one-week period.
  • June 13, 2001 - PA: Israeli Violations of Tenet Cease-fire Plan
    • Summary: Report on "comprehensive and detailed...Israeli violations of the Tenet cease-fire plans since June 14, 2001." Includes numerous details on daily violations from June 13 - June 26.
  • July 6, 2001 - NSU Memo Re: Israeli Non-Compliance with Ceasefire
    • Summary: NSU memo to Colonel Abu Osama that primarily discusses Israel's non-compliance with the Ceasefire Agreement.
  • August 18, 2001 - Strategic Level Third Party Intervention For a Permanent Status Agreement
    • Summary: This document discusses the concept for an International Monitoring and Implementation Mission (IMIM). It discusses the need to have pervasive deployment throughout the West Bank and Gaza, and confront an intensely precarious social environment by making a difference in the daily lives of the local population. The IMIM is meant to translate a permanent status agreement into a new reality on the ground.
  • August 19, 2001 - PA Questions on US Proposed Monitoring Mechanism
    • Summary: This document provides a list of questions and concerns posed by the Palestinian Authority after hearing the US proposal on implementing a monitoring mission.  The concerns focus primarily on American unilateral engagement and Israeli tactics.

Source: Al Jazeera