The Palestine Papers

(2003)


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 1, 2003 - UK Security Plan: British MI6 Palestinian Security Plan with Annex
    • Summary: A British MI6 plan for Palestinian security, in which the British government discusses training officers and restoring cooperation between Israeli and Palestinian agencies, as well as other initiatives focused on withdrawal of IDF troops and building Palestinian capability. It includes the following language about dealing with Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ): "2. Degrading the capabilities of the rejectionists - Hamas, PIJ and the Al-Aqsa Brigades - through the disruption of their leaderships' communications and command and control capabilities; the detention of key middle-ranking officers; and the confiscation of their arsenals and financial resources held within the Occupied Territories, US and - informally - UK monitors would report both to Israel and to the Quartet. We could also explore the temporary internment of leading Hamas and PIJ figures, making sure they are well treated, with EU funding."
  • March 31, 2003 - Wexner Analysis - Israel Communication Manual - 2003
    • Summary: Communication manual developed by the Luntz Research Companies & The Israel Project that stresses particular themes and phrases, both positive and negative, for Israeli officials to use/avoid when speaking on the peace process. The manual lists directives for Israeli officials to use in communications, including: continually referring to the defeat of Saddam Hussein when communicating to the American people; emphasizing the plights of parents and children; "swallowing a bitter pill of humility" to appear concerned for the Palestinian people; championing democracy; and refraining from attacks on Mahmoud Abbas in the short-term. The manual is designed to help Israeli officials appear more sympathetic to the peace process and less vulnerable to attacks by primarily the American Left.
  • July 17, 2003 - Palestinian Security Apparatus Progress Report
    • Summary: Progress report regarding the performance of Palestinian security mechanisms in halting attacks, written by PA Ministry of Interior (MOI) for U.S. Security Monitors in July 2003. The first portion of the report highlights administrative and related acheivements of the MOI, including establishing academies and training institutes for police/security/other civil personnel as well as laws to facilitate progress. The majority of the report however describes security acheivements of the PA. These include redeployments to troubled areas as well as arrests, interrogations and actions taken against (including shootings at) Palestinians both directly involved and suspected of involvement in anti-Israeli attacks/threats. The report also includes various examples of direct cooperation with the IDF, including the arrest and transfer of Palestinians to the IDF, and missions undertaken by PA forces under direct supervision of the CIA. The report shows strong cooperation from the Palestinians in working with American and Israeli forces. The report also includes a chart of Israeli violations in the Gaza strip, showing 50+ violations in a period of 17 days.
  • October 17, 2003 - Letter from Wolf to Erekat Re: Israeli Military Action in Gaza and October Gaza Bombing
    • Summary: Letter from John S. Wolf to Saeb Erekat dated October 17, 2003. The letter acknowledges that Wolf has read Erekat's letter regarding Israeli military action in Gaza and emphasizes that the US has been clear privately and publicly that Israel should close consider consequences of its actions. The letter then stresses the setback the October Gaza bombing could cause ("a Palestinian state will not be established") and reiterates President Bush's insistence that the PA must crackdown on the responsible parties.
  • November 30, 2003 - Israeli Security Council Feasibility Study on Gaza Settlement Relocation
    • Summary: Feasibility study by Israeli National Security Council entitled "Feasibility Study: Relocating settlements from Gaza Strip area," undated. The study evaluates possibilities of relocating settlements, industrial zones, agricultural zones, building new settlements, government policies and other proposals from a variety of economic and statistical angles.
  • November 30, 2003 - Tel Asur Israeli Early Warning Station - Effects and Impacts
    • Summary: Report by NAD-NSU, entitled "Effects and Impacts of Israeli Early Warning Station at Tel Asur," dated December 2003. The report discusses the effects - environmental, socio-economic and other - that the Israeli warning station would have on the natural growth of Palestinian villages, security concerns and economic concerns.

Source: Al Jazeera