The 14 May Israeli peace initiative was still on the agenda, but there was virtually no progress in implementing it. The PLO insisted on its terms, while Israel said it was not prepared to negotiate with the PLO. The void was filled by Egypt, whose president sought to find a formula acceptable to Israel, the U.S., the PLO and Egypt. It focussed attention on the elections in the areas, and dealt with the technical aspects of the voting process and the presence of international observers. Yet Egypt also stipulated that the principle of "land for peace" be accepted by Israel and the acknowledgement of Palestinian political rights. The plan was transmitted to Israel informally in July. It was formally proposed to the government of Israel on 15 September. Text:
1. Israel will guarantee acceptance of all the results of the elections.
2. International observers will supervise the elections.
3. Complete immunity will be granted to the elected representatives.
4. Israel forces will withdraw from voting stations.
5. Israel will guarantee the start of a dialogue on the final status of the "occupied territories" by an appointed date.
6. All settlement activities will be frozen.
7. There will be complete freedom of campaigning for the election.
8. Israelis will be barred from the West Bank and the Gaza Strip on election day,
9. Jerusalem residents may participate in the elections.
10. Israel must accept the four principles of the American policy in the Middle East: the solution must be based on both U.N. Resolutions 242 and 338, trading land for peace, guarantee of security for all countries in the region and acknowledgement of Palestinian political rights.Israeli Foreign Ministry