PA: Final Accord Within Six Months Of Annapolis|
By Avi Issacharoff (Paris)
and Amos Harel
Last update - 13:43 08/11/2007
The Palestinian Authority wants the preface to the
joint statement at Annapolis to say that a final-status
arrangement will be completed within six months of the signing
of agreements at the summit.
|Olmert and Abbas meeting last
month in Jerusalem. (Reuters)|
This is based on a
document recently written by the Palestinian support team for
the negotiations with Israel. Palestinian sources relayed the
main points of the paper to Haaretz.
State Condoleezza Rice has already informed PA Chairman
Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) that the U.S. rejects his demand for
a schedule for the final-status agreement.
In their paper, the Palestinian team recommended
that the preface indicate that both parties are to fulfill
their mutual obligations in the first stage of the road map
within six months. The recommendations were submitted to chief
Palestine Liberation Organization negotiator Saeb Erekat.
The proposal, if adopted, would require Israel to
dismantle the illegal outposts and stop building in the
settlements on the West Bank within six months after the
summit. The PA claims it has fulfilled its obligations for the
first stage: creating an independent government, rejecting
terror and violence and acting to dismantle terror
infrastructures, among other measures.
The PA team
even advised Erekat not to link the statement to implementing
the first stage of the road map in order to head off an
Israeli attempt to condition the implementation of the
Annapolis document on implementing the first stage.
The PA team wants implementation of the Annapolis
statement to be discussed within the negotiations over the
final agreement. Both sides have avoided issuing position
papers or their opening positions in the team talks.
The first sentence of the introduction to the joint
statement, according to this latest Palestinian document,
states that Israel and the PA have agreed on the presentation
of a framework for peace that will outline the solutions for
all of the core issues such as refugees, Jerusalem and
borders. The Palestinian team even pointed out that the peace
agreement between the parties will pave the way to
normalization between Israel and Arab states.
Palestinian team works in close coordination with Erekat, who
claimed Wednesday, in response to a query from Haaretz, that
no such document exists. "We work as a single body," he said.
"They don't give me recommendations to formulate. We work
according to the instructions of President (Chairman) Abu
The intelligence division of the Israel
Defense Forces General Staff Headquarters sought to emphasize
that MI does not make predictions about the success of peace
summits. He said this after a Haaretz report about Military
Intelligence officers who put the chances for success at
Annapolis at "close to nil."
MI chief Amos Yadlin
submitted to the political leadership an analysis of the
Palestinians' "ranges of flexibility" in the negotiations,
according to which the Palestinians did not plan to move from
their positions. He added, however, that the final result of
the summit also depends on the Israeli position, which was not
part of the MI assessment.
In recent days, the IDF has
noticed a change for the better regarding Palestinian
attitudes to the summit, in the form of a greater willingness
for a more general discussion rather than insisting on
deliberating on the core issues only.
would help avoid a crisis that would end the summit. The army,
however, does not rule out that the Palestinians will reject
the summit if they sense it will fail.
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Original article: Haaretz News
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