An Arab vision to end Gaza war, resolve Palestinian cause: Document obtained by Saudi magazine

Ahram Online , Tuesday 28 May 2024

A draft document that forms the basis of the “Arab Vision” was presented to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and other international bodies several weeks ago on how to comprehensively end the war in Gaza and resolve the Palestinian cause.

File Photo: Arab League meeting at its headquarters in the Egyptian capital Cairo, on July 24, 2022. AFP


The document, whose English-language text was obtained by Al-Majalla, starts with achieving a ceasefire in Gaza, controlling the crossings, deploying international protection and peacekeeping forces with Arab support, and ending with the “two-state solution” and recognition of the Palestinian state.

The authors drafted a document reflecting a realistic vision based on a timetable with equal but differentiated responsibilities, according to Al-Majalla.

The document proposes practical steps to end the war on Gaza and the humanitarian catastrophe caused by this war.

"It presents an integrated approach to launching a reliable and irreversible path to implementing the two-state solution per international law and the frameworks spent on it, including the Arab Peace Initiative; to achieve a just and lasting peace that secures the rights of the people of Palestine; to ensure Israel's security and normal relations in a region where stability, security, peace, and cooperation prevail," it read.

The document represents an integrated package of steps for implementation as a whole under the following objectives and axes:

1- Ensuring an immediate ceasefire in the Gaza Strip and the complete withdrawal of Israeli forces;

2- Stopping all Israeli violations in the West Bank and East Jerusalem;

3- Stopping all unilateral measures that mandate the two-state solution and all relevant signed agreements;

4- Rejecting and preventing any attempts to forcibly enslave the Palestinian people inside or outside the Palestinian territories;

5- Opening all land crossings between Israel and the Gaza Strip and ensuring smooth, sustainable, and adequate humanitarian aid access to all areas of the Gaza Strip;

6- Returning of all displaced persons in the Gaza Strip and ensuring the provision of all basic services;

7- Rejecting any measures aimed at undermining the geographical unity of the occupied Palestinian territories, including East Jerusalem, or any attempts to combine any of its parts;

8- Taking irreversible steps to implement the two-state solution and end the Israeli occupation of the lands of the State of Palestine in line with United Nations resolutions and the Arab Peace Initiative;

9- Stopping all Israeli violations aimed at changing the existing cultural and legal situation in Jerusalem and its Islamic and Christian sanctities; respecting the role of the Jordanian administration for Jerusalem’s endowments and Al-Aqsa Mosque affairs in the context of the special Jordanian role/Hashemite custodianship;

10- Stopping all Israeli violations aimed at changing the identity and character of the city of Jerusalem, empowering the Palestinian people in Jerusalem economically, and allowing them to participate in the Palestinian elections;

11- Having the Palestine Liberation Organization, as the sole legitimate representative of the Palestinian people, to continue exercising its sovereign and exclusive responsibility in managing the negotiation process and conducting all matters related to foreign relations;

12- Renewing international commitment to empowering and supporting the Palestinian people economically, including in the reconstruction programmes in the Gaza Strip.

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