|PA publishes content of Declaration of Principles|
|Written by Chris Perver|
|Wednesday, 12 September 2007 15:06|
This link from my friend Kevvie. Details of the Declaration of Principles, a framework agreement being formulated by Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, have been leaked to the public by the Palestinian Authority's Maan news agency. Prime Minister Olmert had been expected to address the Israeli people on the progress of his discussions with President Abbas within the next few days. The document sheds new light on how the disengagement from Judea and Samaria may take place. Following the upcoming Middle East peace conference, supposing that a consensus is reached, Israel will begin evacuating communities in Judea and Samaria immediately.
Quote: "1. Israel will end the occupation of the West Bank within an agreed-upon time period. The retreat and the evacuation of the settlements will occur gradually and in several stages. Each area that is evacuated will be transferred to the Palestinian Authority, which will instil law and order there. The existence of a regime in Gaza that is willing to be part of the peace process will enable Israel to view Gaza and the West Bank as one political entity.
The agreement ends with this paragraph:
A document based on principles of the above type must be reached before the international summit in November, must be presented during the summit, and must be anchored in international decisions after it. Immediately following the summit, parallel with the negotiations for a detailed agreement, Israel will begin withdrawing its forces and evacuating settlements from areas in the West Bank. Completion of the various stages of evacuation will be done parallel to the completion of the negotiations.
Abbas has been pushing Olmert to agree to a strict timetable for the implementation of this deal, but Olmert has been reluctant to concede fearing that Israel will be pressed in to handing over territory to a Palestinian President who cannot persuade his own people to stop terrorism, never mind Hamas. With the disengagement from the Gaza Strip in 2005, Israel has already proven Palestinian terrorist groups have no intention of ending terrorism. Former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was warned what would happen to Gaza after Israel left. The experiment failed with catastrophic proportions. Now Prime Minister Olmert is handing a massive amount of territory to Israel's enemies, from which all Israel will be in range of Palestinian rockets. It doesn't even bear thinking about. Clearly Israel is heading for a time of trouble, "such as never was since there was a nation" (Daniel 12:1). And it will all begin with a peace agreement much like the one we see before us today.
Source Arutz 7