Beit Jalla Document

BEIT JALLA - Israel-Palestine
NOVEMBER 20-21, 2009


We are a delegation composed of six Palestinians and five Israelis—the unofficial representatives of the two peoples. We have agreed upon the following "trust building measures" as an opening move towards a conclusive negotiation that intends to put an end to the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict:

EDUCATION: a. building bridges: joint projects between Israeli and Palestinian children of all ages. This includes joint activities with families, communities and schools.
b. cessation of incitement on both sides
c. peace education including teaching children to solve disputes through negotiation and critical discussion rather than using verbal or physical violence
d. giving tools to help children know and understand the other side and to be empathetic to their needs, culture and mentality

CHECK POINTS: Israel will dismantle check points within the West Bank gradually, if the security and safety of residents is kept

SECURITY: a. Israel will stop any further construction of the fence/wall.
b. Both sides will guarantee safety and security of the other; Israel will protect the Palestinians from criminal activity against them committed by any Israeli citizen just as Palestinians will act against any crimes or violence against Israeli citizens.
c. Israel will dismantle illegal (according to Israeli law) settlements and outposts in the disputed territories.
d. Israel will create more border crossings and all crossings will be made more efficient and swift as well as more humane for the Palestinians. This clause is subject to security considerations.

ECONOMICS: a. The Palestinians will build a viable efficient and modern economy. Israel and the Palestinians will ask the help of the international community and the Arab countries to help in this endeavor.
b. Israel will allow more Palestinians to have entry into Israel for employment purposes. Palestinians will open their market to more Israeli products
c. Palestinians will prevent smuggling of stolen goods from Israel and will bring the thieves to justice as well as returning the stolen items.
d. In case, of a violent episode, the two delegations are committed to continue the peace process.

MEDIA: The Two sides will work to promote the culture of peace through joint projects which will include publicity and the media.

Beit Jalla—Palestine-Israel November 20-21, 2009

1. The two delegations agreed to discuss the following issues:
a. Borders and security
b. Jerusalem
c. Refugees
2. The two delegations agree to a two-state solution as a resolution to the conflict—one state for the Israelis and one state for the Palestinians based, in principle, on the 1967 cease-fire line.
3. Settlements –
a. The two delegations agreed to dismantle settlements within the West Bank
b. The two delegations did not agree regarding the future of blocks of settlements in Ariel, the area surrounding Jerusalem and Gush Etzion.
c. The Israeli proposal suggests "border modification" and exchange of land. The exchange of land will be minimal and the Palestinians will receive the same amount of land (in quantity and quality). There will be a continuity of territory inside the West Bank. In addition, the Israelis offer to the Palestinian delegation economic incentives, such as assistance in building an airport.
d. There are disagreements within the Palestinian delegation. The Palestinian position is to postpone the discussion on this matter.
e. The two delegations did not get to discuss the topics of security, Jerusalem and refugees. The two delegations expressed their sincere wish to continue this important discussion until a conclusive peace agreement will be reached.

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