IMRA – Independent Media Review and Analysis
Recently an American think tank approached IMRA for help in finding an
authoritative presentation of the “Beilin-Mazen Plan”. While the plan
frequently referred to and served as the basis for the “Beilin-Eitan
signed by members of the Likud and Labor parties and was also endorsed
various Labor MKs, the actual text of the plan has never been released
MK Yosse Beilin’s legislative aide, Orit Shani, explained to IMRA that
three people have ever actually seen the text – Beilin, Mazen and
Peres. She provided an article by “Maariv” reporter Oded Granot as a
presentation of the principles of the
It should be noted that, since the text of the actual plan is not
this material is, at best, the Israeli interpretation of the plan.
no a priori reason to believe that this secret unsigned document is any
fraught with ambiguities than the official Oslo documents.
The following are the features of the plan as presented in Oded
article which appeared in “Maariv” on 11 October, 1996:
- An independent Palestinian state will be established which will
- The IDF will be deployed on the Jordan border. Warning stations will
established on the crest of the hill.
- Changes will be made in the current borders. The Green Line is not
In exchange for Israeli annexation of areas in the West Bank, Israel
transfer alternative areas to the Palestinians. Among those mentioned:
Halutza area, south of Hebron, near the
- Asymmetric land swaps. In return for Israel receiving a larger area,
Palestinians will receive areas with other advantages, for example,
forfeiting territorial control of the “Safe Passages” linking Gaza with
West Bank [these are Israeli roads passing by Israeli cities
carry regular Israeli traffic along with Palestinian traffic – IMRA],
to use the Ashdod Port, etc.
- The capital of the Palestinians state will not be east Jerusalem,
for symbolic purposes, the adjacent village – Abu Dis. Almost half of
document deals with the problem of Jerusalem, Among other things a
municipality under joint management with details of the way that the
municipal boroughs would handle municipal matters.
- The Temple Mount will be an extraterritorial area under Palestinian
- It is agreed that the Palestinian state will not be limited in
refugees within its area, and in return the Palestinians will commit to
forego the right of return of the refugees to the area within the Green
Line. The refugees will qualify for compensation. A new
body will be established, headed by Swedes, which will take the place
UNRWA. Israel will commit to financially help the rehabilitation of the
refugees of Lebanon.
- The large concentrations of settlements in the West Bank will remain
Israeli sovereignty- having 100,000 settlers. No Israeli settlement
uprooted from its place. The settlements which will remain in the area
transferred to Palestinian sovereignty will have Israeli protection and
- The possibility of the establishment of a Jordanian Palestinian
confederation is an open option, without going into details of Jordan’s
in the final agreement.
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