The IQNA appeal to the United Nations presents a step-by-step plan for overcoming the current deadlock in the peace process as soon as possible:1)
Forty-seven years of occupation of Palestine by Israel is enough;2)
Israel must transfer its authority over Palestine before the first of January 2015;3)
From the first of January 2015 onward an United Nations Administration will exercise authority over Palestine including East Jerusalem; 4)
A special United Nations Police Force will keep the recognized borders free from threats or acts of violence;5)
Israeli citizens living in Palestine, in settlements and in outposts, are offered the choice:
• To leave Palestine before the first of January 2018;
• To obtain a residence permit for Palestine while retaining Israeli nationality;
• To opt for Palestinian nationality.
would the executing of the appeal mean for Palestine?
- After twenty years the United
Nations will return into the negotiation process between Israel and Palestine,
taking over the role last turns played by the United States of America.
- By basing these negotiations all out
on the prescripts of international law, Palestine in particular, as the weakest
party, will benefit.
- Its right of self-determination as
supported already by international law is furthermore confirmed in various
United Nations resolutions.
- In line with these points, the
Palestinian state can claim in principle its sovereignty within the borders of
1967 and demand an end to the occupation of the West Bank, of Gaza and of East
- Instead of extending suffering from
the unbearable burden of the occupation, Palestine can finally unhindered start
using its human and material resources for its own citizens.
Israel the appeal would imply among other things this
- A peace treaty signed by both
parties, and an end to hostilities.
- Ending the occupation of Palestine
and so halting the de facto creeping annexation that is threatening to destroy
- When the occupation continues:
> Israel will cease to be a democracy
because the country would lapse into the role of a permanent occupier of urban
Palestinian ghettos and in doing so violate Israel's declaration of
independence, granting equal rights irrespective of religion, sex or
> Alternatively, if an agreement on a
single state could be reached, which grants these equal rights, then
demographics will in time destroy the perception of those who view Israel as a
- One way or the other, Israel would
benefit from ending the occupation. Israel would finish the expensive
exploitation of the settlements, taking up a growing part of the Israeli
budget, at present more than 9%.
- Israeli society would also gain by
ending the preferential treatment of the Jewish settlers who are at present
receiving twice as much government support as the average Israeli citizen.
- Social life in Israel would be
relieved from the schizophrenic strain of pretending to act as a normal modern country and at
the same time breaking all human rights records by keeping its neighbour gagged
- Finally the Jewish Israeli citizens
might consider that their country, by staying in accordance with the
Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel and by honouring its
promise to ensure "complete equality of social and political rights to all
its inhabitants irrespective of religion, race or sex", will retain
its high standing in and support from the international community of nations.
The end of the Israeli occupation and
the emergence of a new Palestine should therefore be welcomed by both sides.
However, we assume here an equitable accommodation of both their respective
rights and interests.
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