Report: New initiative for peace process
- Monday, July 30, 2001 Av 10, 5761
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Foreign Ministry report: New initiative for peace process
By Ha'aretz Service
The Center for Diplomatic Research at the foreign ministry
prepared a classified report with recommendations for a
diplomatic initiative to reestablish negotiations with the
Palestinian Authority (PA), Israel Radio reported Monday.
Among the recommendations, the report proposes a
generous transfer of additional land to the PA that would
have been included in the third IDF redeployment scheduled
in the Oslo accords.
It also proposes entering into negotiations with the
Palestinians to reach a further interim agreement and
implementing immediate measures to ease the situation of
the Palestinian population.
The report also included an analysis of Palestinian Authority
Chairman Yasser Arafat's personality and noted ways in
which pressure could be brought to bear on the Palestinian
Far-right Tourism Minister Rehavam Ze'evi (National Union -
Yisrael Beiteinu), speaking in an interview on Israel Radio
said that the report was "an embarrassment to the Sharon
government that was founded by the majority of the nation
saying no to (Foreign Minister Shimon) Peres"
Adding that the "paper deserves be filed in the drawer with
the Oslo-Munich files...We need to take back what we have
already given them and not give them any more (land)."
Science Culture and Sport Minister Matan Vilnai (Labor) said
that any initiative that would promote a diplomatic solution
was acceptable to him.