Last updated on: 9/23/2015 | Author: ProCon.org

Palestinian Authority (PA) Biography

Position:
Pro to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
Reasoning:
  • “A complete Israeli withdrawal to the border of 1967 in reference to the United Nations Security Counsel resolution 242 and the principle of land for peace.
  • Termination, by Israel, the occupying power, of the illegal annexation of the occupied city of Jerusalem (alquds) in referent to the United Nations Security Counsel Resolution 478 of 1980, and a comprehensive withdrawal from the city in order to become fully under full and complete jurisdiction of the Palestinian state.
  • To dismantle settlement infra- structure in referent to the United Nations Security Counsel Resolution 465 on 1980 and all relevant UN Resolutions.
  • Stressing on the Rights of the Palestinian refugees in referent to the resolution 194 which guaranteed their right to return to their homes and to compensation (the right of return).
  • The recognition of the right of the Palestinian people to self- determination under the relevant UN Resolutions, especially the Security Council Resolution 1397, and to restore its complete sovereignty on its territory of the West Bank including Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip.”

PA Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Palestinian Foreign Policy (accessed July 21, 2005)

Description:

“The PNA is an Autonomous Palestinian government set up in order to implement the Israeli-Palestinian agreements (Oslo Agreements) for a transitional period which is supposed to last until May 1999. Initially organized within the framework of the Gaza-Jericho Autonomy Agreement (Cairo Agreement or Oslo I), it was then not an elected government and was exclusively composed of members of the PLO.

Today, the Palestinian National Authority has a mixed nature as planned in the Interim Agreement on the West Bank and the Gaza Strip (Taba Agreement or Oslo II). It comprises a majority of members of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) elected on 20 January 1996 and a minority of external appointed officials chosen mainly among the members of the Palestinian National Council (PNC). This allows within the PNA an optimal representation of the Palestinians from ‘within’ and from those of the Diaspora.”

PNA website (accessed Jan. 1, 2003)

Mission:

None found

Other:
Government Organization