An Israeli cabinet member who calls the U.S.-backed “road map” a disaster for Israel is proposing an alternative path to peace that recognizes Jordan as the true Palestinian state and Israeli sovereignty over the West Bank and Gaza.
Minister of Tourism Benny Elon, who voted against the road map Sunday, will explain his peace plan at a press conference tomorrow morning at the Knesset building in Jerusalem.
Elon contends not one of the fundamental issues of the conflict is addressed by the road map.
“The refugee problem, the right of return and permanent borders all aren’t addressed, but my plan clearly addresses these issues,” he said in a statement.
“We want peace,” he said, “but a peace which entails an end to violence and an end to the Arab Israeli conflict – not peace which encourages the Palestinians to continue with violence and terrorism.”
Elon argues Jordan is the true Palestinian state, pointing out about 70 percent of its citizens consider themselves Palestinians. After World War I, he notes, the British Mandate of Palestine included present day Israel, the West Bank, Gaza and Jordan. But the original territory was divided in 1922 when the British gave about three-fourths of it – the land east of the Jordan River – to King Abdullah, great-grandfather of present-day Jordanian King Abdullah.
On Sunday, the Israeli cabinet, by a 12-7 vote with four abstentions, gave conditional approval to the road map after contentious debate.
The road map is a phased plan drafted by the U.S., European Union, United Nations and Russia that requires the Palestinian Authority in the first stage to implement administrative reforms and fight terror. The plan calls eventually for a Palestinian state followed by a final-status agreement addressing issues such as borders, Jerusalem and refugees.
Elon entitled his plan, “The Right Road To Peace, In the Wake of the War in Iraq – A Historic Opportunity for a Regional Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.”
Six major points addressed in the Elon plan include:
- Dissolution of the Palestinian Authority.
- A firm end to Palestinian terrorism by expelling terrorists, collecting weapons and dismantling terror-hotbed refugee camps.
- The international community will recognize the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan as the sole representative of the Palestinians and provide it economic assistance to enable absorption of a limited number of refugees.
- Israel will become sovereign over Judea, Samaria and Gaza, and the Arabs living there will be Jordanian citizens living as residents of Israel.
- The exchange of Jewish and Arab populations begun in 1948 will be completed, and the international community will assist with rehabilitation of refugees in their new countries.
- Israel and Jordan-Palestine will declare the conflict ended and will work together as neighbors.
Elon, leader of the Moledet Party, is the political successor of late tourism minister Rehavam Zeevi, who was assassinated last year by Palestinian gunmen.
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