JERUSALEM, May 2 (Xinhuanet) -- Members of the
Israeli ruling party Likud started voting on Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's
unilateral disengagement plan on Sunday. The following is the full text of the
Israel is committed to the peace process, and aspires
to reach amutual agreement on the basis of two states for two peoples, the State
of Israel as the state of the Jewish people and a Palestinianstate for the
Palestinian people, as part of the realization of US President George W. Bush's
Israel believes that it must act to improve the
current reality.Israel has come to the conclusion that at present, there is no
Palestinian partner with whom it is possible to make progress on a bilateral
agreement. In light of this, a unilateral disengagement plan has been
formulated, which is based on the following considerations:
A. The stagnation inherent in the current situation
is harmful. In order to emerge from this stagnation, Israel must initiate a move
that will not be contingent on Palestinian cooperation.
B. The plan will lead to a better security reality,
at least in the long term.
C. In any future final-status agreement, there will
be no Israeli settlement in the Gaza Strip. However, it is clear that in Judea
and Samaria, some areas will remain part of the state of Israel, among them
civilian settlements, military zones and places where Israel has additional
D. The exit from the Gaza Strip and from the area of
northern Samaria (four settlements and military installations in their environs)
will reduce friction with the Palestinian population and has the potential to
improve the fabric of Palestinian life and thePalestinian economy.
E. Israel hopes that the Palestinians will have the
sense to take advantage of the disengagement move in order to exit the cycleof
violence and rejoin the process of dialogue.
F. The disengagement move will obviate the claims
about Israel with regard to its responsibility for the Palestinians in the Gaza
G. The disengagement move does not detract from the
existing agreements between Israel and the Palestinians. The existing
arrangements will continue to prevail.
When there is evidence on the Palestinian side of the
willingness, ability and actual realization of a fight against terror and of the
implementation of the reforms stipulated in the roadmap, it will be possible to
return to the track of negotiationsand dialogue.
MAIN POINTS OF THE PLAN
A. The Gaza Strip
1. Israel will evacuate the Gaza Strip, including all
the Israeli settlements currently existing there, and will redeploy outside the
territory of the Strip. This, apart from military deployment along the border
line between the Gaza Strip and Egypt, will be detailed below.
2. Upon completion of the move, no permanent Israeli
civilian ormilitary presence in the areas that are evacuated in the continental
expanse of the Gaza Strip will remain. As a result, there will be no basis for
the claim that the Gaza Strip is occupied territory.
B. Judea and Samaria
1. Israel will evacuate the area of northern Samaria
(Ganim, Kadim, Homesh and Sa-Nur) and all the permanent military installations
in this area, and will redeploy outside the evacuatedarea.
2. Upon completion of the move, no permanent presence
of Israelimilitary forces and Israeli civilians in the area of northern Samaria
3. The move will enable Palestinian territorial
contiguity in the area of northern Samaria.
4. Israel will improve the transportation
infrastructure in Judea and Samaria with the aim of enabling Palestinian
transportation contiguity in Judea and Samaria.
5. The move will make Palestinian economic and
commercial activity easier in Judea and Samaria.
C. The security fence
Israel will continue to build the security fence, in accordance with the relevant government decisions. The route will take humanitarian considerations into account.