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Key Documents

 

Document Selection and Methodology: The primary sources below (in chronological order) have been selected based on their relevance to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Whenever possible, unaltered documents from the issuing agencies were used. In some cases, documents were acquired from 3rd party services such as universities and historical databases, and although we can not guarantee their accuracy, they did appear to be unaltered original historic documents.

 

Date Issued
Document
Issued By
Description
Nov. 27, 2007
Annapolis Conference: Joint Understanding
US President George W. Bush, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas
President Bush's proclamation of an agreement by Israeli and Palestinian leaders to conclude a peace treaty by the end of 2008 and follow the "road map" to a permanent two-state solution.
Mar. 10, 2005
Sasson Report: Summary of the Opinion Concerning Unauthorized Outposts
Talia Sasson, at the request of the Prime Minister bureau, Israel
Report on Israeli government involvement in the establishment of settlement outposts in Palestinian Occupied Territories.
June 8, 2005
Report: War Crimes Committed Against US Military Personnel, June 8, 1967
USS Liberty Veterans Association
War crimes report submitted to the US Secretary of the Army
Jan. 28, 2005
UN Resolution 1583
UN Security Council
Response to a Lebanese government request to extend the mandate of UNIFIL on the Blue Line to confirm Israel's withdrawal from southern Lebanon
June 6, 2004
Addendum "A" - Revised Disengagement Plan - Main Principles
Israeli Prime Minister's Office, Communications Department
Revision of the original Disengagement Plan due to the absence "of a reliable Palestinian partner."
Dec. 18, 2003
Ariel Sharon's Disengagement Plan Speech
Ariel Sharon, Israeli Prime Minister
Public introduction of the Disengagement Plan
Nov. 19, 2003
UN Resolution 1515
UN Security Council
Endorses the Quartet Performance-based Roadmap to a Permanent Two-State Solution
Oct. 14, 2003
Geneva Accord
Yossi Beilin, Yasser Abd Rabbo, et al
The agreement envisions a Palestinian state based roughly on the borders before the 1967 Mideast war. Most Israeli settlements in the West Bank and Gaza Strip would be dismantled. It divides sovereignty in Jerusalem, but avoids a large-scale return to Israel by Palestinians who fled or were driven out in the 1948-49 war that followed Israel's creation.
Mar. 27, 2002
Speech by Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz
Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia
States that the "only acceptable objective of the peace process is the full Israeli withdrawal from all the occupied Arab territories."
Mar. 12, 2002
UN Resolution 1397
UN Security Council
Adopted in concordance with Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz's 2002 Arab Peace Initiative, demanding the immmediate end of violence by both sides.
May 15, 2001
Official Comment of the Government of Israel on the Report of the Sharm el-Sheikh Fact-Finding Committee (The Mitchell Report)
Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs
States that the Mitchell Report "provides a constructive and positive attempt" for peace in response to the Al-Aqsa intifada
May 15, 2001
Official Response of the PLO to the Report of the Sharm el-Sheikh Fact-Finding Committee (The Mitchell Report)
Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO)
Agrees that Mitchell Report's recommendations are a "coherent foundation" for peace in response to the Al-Aqsa intifada
Apr. 30, 2001
Report of the Sharm el-Sheikh Fact-Finding Committee (The Mitchell Report)
Sharm el-Sheikh Fact-Finding Committee
Recommends "swift and decisive" action to stop violence between the government of Israel and the Palestinian Authority
July 25, 2000
Statement by President William J. Clinton Upon the Close of Camp David
William J. Clinton, President of the United States
Statement issued upon the closing of the 2000 Camp David Summit
July 25, 2000
Trilateral Statement by William J. Clinton, Ehud Barak, and Yasser Arafat Upon the Close of Camp David
William J. Clinton, President of the United States, Ehud Barak, Israeli Prime Minister, and Yasser Arafat, President of the Palestinian Authority
Commitment to follow UN resolutions 242 and 338 as the only way to reach an agreement under a violence-free environment
Feb. 17, 2000
UN Secretary-General's Bulletin for the Organization of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East
Kofi Annan
Extension and re-organization of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East
Dec. 17, 1999
UN Resolution 54/152
UN General Assembly
Reaffirms that Palestinian people have right to self determination and a state
Oct. 4, 1999
1999 Sharm al-Sheikh Memorandum
Ehud Barak, Prime Minister of Israel, and Yasser Arafat, Palestine Liberation Organization
Set out a timetable for a permanent peace settlement
Oct. 23, 1998
1998 The Wye River Memorandum
Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel, and Yasser Arafat, Palestine Liberation Organization
Delineated steps to complete implementation of the Interim Agreement and of agreements that accompanied the Hebron Protocol. Israel will redeploy from the West Bank in exchange for Palestinian security measures. The PA [Palestine Authority] will have complete or shared responsibility for 40% of the West Bank, of which it will have complete control of 18.2%
Sep. 28, 1998
Yasser Arafat's Address to the 53rd UN General Assemby
Yasser Arafat, President of the Palestinian Authority
Appreciation for inclusion as a member of the "General Debate" in the General Assembly's agenda. Marked the first time in UN history that a non-member state participated as a member
July 7, 1998
UN Resolution 52/250
UN General Assembly
Conferred upon Palestine additional rights and privileges of participation that had previously been exclusive to Member States
Jan. 13, 1998
Yasser Arafat's Letter to President William J. Clinton
Yasser Arafat, President of the Palestinian Authority
Agreement to recognize the State of Israel
Jan. 17, 1997
1997 Protocol Concerning the Redeployment in Hebron
D. Shomrom, for Israel, and Saeb Erakat, Palestine Liberation Organization
divided the city of Hebron into two parts: H1 and H2; Palestinian Authority controlled H1, and Israel retained control over H2 and surrounding Jewish settlements
Sep. 28, 1995
1995 Oslo Interim Agreement
Yitzhak Rabin, Prime Minister of Israel, and Yasser Arafat, Palestine Liberation Organization
Most significantly the agreement recognizes the establishment of a "Palestinian Interim Self-Government Authority," i.e. an elected Council, called "the Council" or "the Palestinian Council"
Oct. 26, 1994
Treaty of Peace Between the State of Israel and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
Yitzhak Rabin, Prime Minister of Israel, and Abdul Salam Majali, Prime Minister of Jordan
Establishes peace between the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and the State of Israel
May 4, 1994
1994 Agreement on the Gaza Strip and the Jericho Area
Yitzhak Rabin, Prime Minister of Israel, and Yasser Arafat, Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO)
Transferred control over the bulk of the Gaza Strip and a sixty-five-square-kilometer area encompassing Jericho and its environs to PA [Palestinian Authority] control
Apr. 29, 1994
1994 Paris Protocol
Avraham Shohat, Finance Minister of Israel, and Abu Ala (Ahmed Korei), Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO)
Protocol on Economic Relations between the Government of the State of Israel and the P.L.O., representing the Palestinian people
Sep. 13, 1993
1993 Declaration of Principles
Shimon Perez for Israel, and Mahmoud Abbas for the Palestinian Authority
Recognize their mutual legitimate and political rights, and strive to live in peaceful coexistence and mutual dignity and security and achieve a just, lasting and comprehensive peace settlement and historic reconciliation through the agreed political process.
Sep. 9, 1993
Exchange of Letters Between Yasser Arafat and Yitzhak Rabin Before the Signing of the Oslo Declaration of Principles
Yitzhak Rabin, Israeli Prime Minister, and Yasser Arafat, President of the Palestinian Authority
Delineated steps to complete implementation of the Interim Agreement and of agreements that accompanied the Hebron Protocol
Dec. 20, 1990
UN Resolution 681
UN Security Council
Calls on Israel to apply the Fourth Geneva Convention to Palestinians in Occupied territories
Dec. 15, 1988
UN Resolution 43/177
UN General Assembly
Acknowledges the State of Palestine Proclamation by the Palestine National Council
Dec. 9, 1988
UN Resolution 43/160
UN General Assembly
Decided that the Palestine Liberation Organization was entitled to have its communications issued and circulated as official documents of the United Nations
Mar. 2, 1988
UN Resolution 42/229
UN General Assembly
Reaffirmed that the Permanent Observer Mission of the PLO to the UN is covered by the United Nations Headquarters Agreement. It called upon the US to abide by this agreement
1983
Provisional Rules of Procedure of the UN Security Council
UN Security Council
The revised 1983 provisional rules of procedure of the UN Security Council decided by a vote that an invitation should be extended to the representative of the PLO to participate in the Security Council's selected debates
Feb. 8, 1983
104 Report of the Commission of Inquiry Into the Events at the Refugee Camps in Beirut
Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The Commission determined that Israeli forces were indirectly responsible for the Sabra and Shatilla refugee camps' massacre
Mar.. 1, 1980
UN Resolution 465
UN Security Council
Criticizes Israel for building settlements and repeats that Israel has no legal standing to build settlements
Mar. 26, 1979
Treaty of Peace Between The Government of the Arab Republic of Egypt and the Government of the State of Israel
The Government of the Arab Republic of Egypt and the Government of the State of Israel
Establishes peace between the Government of the Arab Republic of Egypt and the Government of the State of Israel
Mar. 22, 1979
UN Resolution 446
UN Security Council
Determines Israel has no legal standing to establish settlements and doing so was against the goal of peace in the Middle East
Mar. 19, 1978
UN Resolution 425
UN General Assembly
Ordered Israel to cease military action against Lebanon
Nov 10, 1975
UN Resolution 3379 (XXX). Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination
UN General Assembly
The General Assembly "determines that zionism is a form of racism and racial discrimination."
Nov. 22, 1974
UN Resolution 3237
UN General Assembly
Granted observer status to the PLO
Nov. 13, 1974
Yasser Arafat's Speech Before the UN General Assembly
Yasser Arafat, President of the State of Palestine
Call to the world to support Palestinian people's right of return and self-determination
Oct. 14, 1974
UN Resolution 3210
UN General Assembly
Recognized the PLO as the representative of the Palestinian people and invited it to participate in the deliberations of the General Assembly on the Question of Palestine in plenary meetings
Dec. 12, 1973
UN Resolution 3102
UN General Assembly
Urged that national liberation movements be invited to participate as observers in the Diplomatic Conference on the Reaffirmation and Development of International Humanitarian Law Applicable in Armed Conflicts
Oct. 22, 1973
UN Resolution 338
UN Security Council
Calls for an inmediate cease-fire and for a prompt implementation of 1967 UN Resolution 242
Dec. 8, 1970
UN Resolution 2672 C
UN General Assembly
Recognizes that the people of Palestine are entitled to equal rights and self determination
Dec. 10, 1969
UN Resolution 2535 B
UN General Assembly
Notes that repatriation or compensation of the refugees has not been granted, and that no substantial progress has been made for the reintegration of refugees either by repatriation or resettlement and that, therefore, the situation of the refugees continues to be a matter of serious concern
July 1 17, 1968
1968 Palestinian National CharterFirst chairman of the PLO, Ahmad Shukeiri
In its original 1964 version, established the Palestine Liberation Organization. Amended in 1968, focuses on the independent national identity of the Palestinian people
Sep. 1, 1967
1967 Khartoum Resolutions
Eight Arab Heads of State (Jamal Abdel Nasr of Egypt, King Hussein of Jordan, King Faisal of Saudi Arabia, Prince Salem Al-Sabah of Kuwait, Abdalla Al-Salal of Yemen, Howeri Bumedian of Algeria, Al-Amir Al-Hassan of Libya, Al-Bahi Al Adgham Tunisian Prime Minister)
Established an Arab consensus for setting official policies of most Arab states in regards to their relations with Israel: "no peace with Israel, no recognition of Israel, no negotiations with it."
Nov. 22, 1967
UN Resolution 242
UN Security Council
Calls for the withdrawal of Israel armed forces from Palestinian and other territories occupied in the 1967 war
Oct. 6, 1964
Letter from the representatives of Algeria, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Republic and Yemen, addressed to the President of the Security Council
UN Security Council
Letter "to draw the attention of the Security Council to recent Israeli aggressive policies and statements which create an imminent danger to international peace and security."
Nov. 7, 1956
UN Resolution 1001
UN General Assembly
Created the UN Emergency Force (UNEF) in response to the Suez Canal crisis
Nov. 20, 1951
Progress Report of the UN Conciliation Commission for Palestine
UN Conciliation Commission for Palestine
Calling of the second Paris Conference for armistice agreements
Aug. 12, 1949
Geneva Convention IV
International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
Convention relative to the protection of civilian persons in time of war
May 11, 1949
Resolution 273 (III). Admission of Israel to membership in the United Nations
UN General Assembly
Decides to admit Israel to membership in the United Nations
May 11, 1949
A/PV.207. 207th Plenary Meeting Application of Israel for admission to membership in the United Nation report of the Ad Hoc Political Committee
UN General Assembly
Minutes of the 207th Plenary Meeting, debating admission of Israel to membership in the United Nations
Dec. 11, 1948
UN Resolution 194
UN General Assembly
Proposes partitioning Palestine into two States, with Jerusalem internationalized
Dec. 10, 1948
Universal Declaration of Human Rights
UN General Assembly
Outlines the view of the United Nation General Assembly on human rights guaranteed to all people
Dec. 2, 1948
Application of Israel for Admission to the United Nations
State of Israel
Official application for membership to the United Nations
May 14, 1948
Israeli Decalaration of Independence (Original in Hebrew)
Leaders of the Yishuv [Jewish community in Palestine]
Declaration of Independence and Proclamation of the Jewish state in Palestine to be called Medinat Israel
Nov. 29, 1947
Resolution 181 (II). Future government of Palestine
UN General Assembly
Recommends to the United Kingdom the adoption and implementation of the Plan of Partition
June 26, 1945
Charter of the United Nations
The United Nations
Charter signed at the conclusion of the United Nations Conference on International Organization
Oct. 1, 1939
Palestine - Statement of Policy by His Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom
Malcolm MacDonald, Secretary of State for the Colonies
Presents policy "To place the country under such political, administrative and economic conditions as will secure the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, [and] to facilitate Jewish immigration under suitable conditions."
Oct. 1, 1930
Palestine - Statement of Policy by His Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom
Secretary of State for the Colonies
Presents policy "to convince both Arabs and Jews of their firm intention to promote the essential interests of both races to the utmost of their power, and to work consistently for the development, in Palestine, of a prosperous community."
Aug. 12, 1922
Mandate for Palestine
League of Nations
To "entrust the Allied Powers the administration of the territory of Palestine which previously belonged to the Turkish Empire."
June 3, 1922
The Churchill "White Paper"
Winston Churchill, British Prime Minister
Responds to Arabs' concerns over the Balfour Declaration and massive Jewish immigration to palestine
June 1, 1922
Correspondence with the Palestine Arab Delegation and the Zionist Organization
The United Kingdom
Selected correspondence submitted to the British Parliament
June 28, 1919
Covenant of the League of Nations, Part I of the Versailles Treaty
Paris Peace Conference
Provides for the creation of the League of Nations
Nov. 2, 1917
Balfour Declaration of Principles
Arthur James Balfour
Letter from British foreign secretary, Arthur James (later Lord) Balfour, to Lord Rothschild, head of the British Zionist Organization
Oct. 24, 1915
Letter from Hussein-McMahon Correspondence
Sir Henry McMahon, British High Commissioner in Cairo
Correspondence between Sharif Hussein of Mecca, Governor of the Hijaz province of Arabia, and Sir Henry McMahon, the British High Commissioner to Egypt
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