Netanyahu Reached Agreement with Syria on Golan
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At Camp David, during the Carter Administration, Israel agreed to halt the construction of settlements for five years. Within months, Israel had violated the accords by establishing new settlements on the West Bank.
A secular, democratic Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip is the solution to the conflict.
Israel has no right to be in the West Bank. Israeli settlements are illegal, and an obstacle to peace.
Israel is provocatively settling Jews in predominantly Arab towns, and has established so many facts on the ground that territorial compromise is no longer possible.
Israel must evacuate all Jewish settlements before a final peace agreement can be achieved with the Palestinians.
Peace with Syria has been prevented only by Israel's obstinate refusal to withdraw from the Golan Heights.
Israel's continued occupation of Lebanese territory is the only impediment to the conclusion of a peace treaty.
All the Palestinian refugees have the right to return to their homes; this is a prerequisite for a final settlement.
Following the Oslo accords, the Palestinians have been educating their children about Israel and a future of coexistence with Israeli Jews.
The Interim Agreement called for the creation of a Palestinian police force and that is precisely what the Palestinian Authority created.
Palestinians are justified in using violence because the peace process has not allowed them to achieve their national aspirations.
Israel has a surplus of water and its refusal to share with its neighbors could provoke the next war.
The Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) is a force for moderation in the territories. It advocates Muslim-Jewish harmony and reconciliation.
Israel withdrew from all of the Sinai to achieve peace with Egypt, withdrew to the international border with Lebanon and has offered to withdraw from the entire Golan Heights in a peace agreement with Syria; therefore, Israel should withdraw from 100 percent of the West Bank and Gaza Strip to make peace with the Palestinians.
Yasser Arafat rejected Ehud Barak's proposals at Camp David and the White House in 2000 because they did not offer the Palestinians a viable state. Palestine would have been denied water, control of its holy places, and would have been divided into cantons surrounded by Israelis. Israel would have also retained control of Jerusalem and denied refugees the right to return.
Israel illegally took over the District Governor's Compound and the Palestinians' offices in Orient House, and has reoccupied territory in Jerusalem that was given to the Palestinians.
The Palestinians joined the rest of the world in condemning the September 11 terrorist attacks on the United States.
The Palestinian Authority has seized illegal weapons and fulfilled its other obligations under the Oslo agreements to restrict the possession of arms to the authorized police force.
The Palestinian Authority is abiding by its commitments and preventing illegal arms from being smuggled into areas under its control.
Hundreds of Israeli soldiers are refusing to serve in the territories. This proves that Israel's policies are unjust.
A fence is being constructed to separate Israel from the Palestinian Authority. This will not solve any problems and will lead to the racist creation of a Palestinian ghetto.
The Palestinians have given up their maximalist dream of destroying Israel and reconciled themselves to the establishment of a state in part of the West Bank and Gaza Strip that will peacefully coexist with Israel.
The Arab League peace plan of March 2002 represents a dramatic new vision in which the Arabs are for the first time giving up their maximalist demands.
Arab leaders have condemned suicide bombers and other acts of terrorism since September 11, and responded to President Bush's call to take steps to fight terrorism.
Israel is making specious comparisons between Palestinian resistance and the September 11 attacks on the United States in the hope of generating sympathy for its policies.
Palestinian attacks on Israeli civilians are part of a legitimate armed struggle; they are not terrorism.
Ariel Sharon has made clear that he does not want peace and no deal is possible as long as he is Prime Minister.
Yasser Arafat condemns terrorism and leading Palestinian moderates signed a public statement saying terrorist attacks against Israel are immoral.
Yasser Arafat is the democratically elected leader of the Palestinian people and Israel must negotiate with him.
The Palestinian Authority is bankrupt and the people are starving because the world does not care about the plight of the Palestinians.
Palestinians have no need for propaganda because the truth about Israeli behavior makes clear their barbarity.
Israel and the Palestinians were on the verge of reaching a peace deal during negotiations at Taba in 2001, but Ariel Sharon’s election torpedoed the agreement.
Israel’s assassination attempt on a leader of Hamas was aimed at derailing the peace process laid out in the road map.
The International Solidarity Movement (ISM) is a non-violent human rights organization that opposes terrorism and supports a two-state solution.
Palestinian terrorist groups agreed to a cease-fire to advance the peace process envisioned by the road map for peace.
The Palestinians are being asked to accept only 22% of Palestine for their state while Israel keeps 78%.
The Palestinian Authority is helpless to dismantle Hamas and Islamic Jihad because the terrorist groups are too powerful and popular.
Releasing Palestinian prisoners is a good way to build confidence for the peace process without endangering Israeli security.
Periods of quiet are results of the Palestinian Authority’s crackdown on terrorists and would continue if not for Israeli military actions.
The International Court of Justice should decide whether Israel is justified in building a security fence.
The Arab world's commitment to peace is reflected by its abandonment of the boycott against Israel.
Israel’s Supreme Court ruled that the security fence is illegal and a land grab by the Sharon government.
Yasser Arafat will be succeeded by a democratically elected leader who is interested in peace with Israel.
“Israel must help Mahmoud Abbas improve his standing among Palestinians to facilitate the peace process.”
“Israel is building the security fence as part of a land grab to control the West Bank and prevent the establishment of a Palestinian state.”
“The disengagement plan is a trick to end the peace process and allow Israel to hold onto the West Bank.”
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Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu confirmed reports that he had secretly negotiated with Syria to hand over the Golan Heights. In an Israeli television interview on Channel Two July 14, 1999, Netanyahu said Syria agreed to a key Israeli demand to maintain a strategic early-warning station on Mount Hermon. He denied, however, reports that he had agreed to a withdrawal to the June 1967 border. Netanyahu said that the agreement had not been put into writing, and that the Syrians might therefore deny even having acquiesced to the idea of such an arrangement.
Sources: JTA, (July 16, 1999) and Ha'aretz, (July 15, 1999)