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Is the 2003 Geneva Accord a Just Resolution to the Israeli - Palestinian Conflict?

General Reference (not clearly pro or con)
The Associated Press stated in a Dec. 1, 2003 article by Ravi Nessman titled "Mideast Activists Launch Peace 'Accord,'":

"The 'Geneva accord,' negotiated over almost three years by former Israeli and Palestinian officials, tackles the issues that have torpedoed other peace efforts: the fate of Israeli settlements, the borders of a Palestinian state, the status of Jerusalem and Palestinian refugees...

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."

Dec. 1, 2003 - Geneva Accord (112 KB)  
Associated Press (AP) 

PRO (yes)

Jimmy Carter, former US President, stated in a Dec. 1, 2003 Associated Press article by Ravi Nessman:

"It is unlikely that we shall ever see a more promising foundation for peace [than the Geneva Accord]."

Dec. 1, 2003 - Jimmy Carter 

Abdullah bin Al Hussein, II, King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, quoted in a Dec. 7, 2003 article titled "Palestinians Can't Agree on Cease-Fire," stated:

"I think that any initiative that complements the peace process, that tries to move the process forward -- and the principles in the Geneva accord are actually in line with the road map -- I think it can only be a positive thing."

Dec. 7, 2003 - Abdullah bin Al Hussein, II 

Amos Oz, Professor of Hebrew Literature at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel, in an Oct. 17, 2003 The Guardian (UK) article, entitled "We Have Done the Gruntwork of Peace," stated:

"The goal of the exercise (Geneva Accord) is solely to present the Israeli and Palestinian publics with a window through which they can view a different landscape - no more car bombs and suicide bombers and occupation and oppression and expropriation, no more endless war and hatred. Instead, here is a detailed, cautious solution that does not circumvent any one of the fundamental questions.

Its fundamental principle is: we end the occupation and the Palestinians end their war against Israel..."

Oct. 17, 2003 - Amos Oz 

Ami Isseroff, DSc, Director of the MidEastWeb for Coexistence, in a Dec. 10, 2003 article titled "Geneva Accord: Spelling out the Real Alternatives," wrote:

"The Geneva Accord is not the 'killer app' of peace proposals. It is incomplete. It has not been signed. It doesn't have the support of a majority on either side as yet. It has attracted a storm of criticism from extremists as well as from the Israeli government... However, if we reject these proposals,.. we will find that what they (critics) are offering instead of the Accord, is in fact worse than nothing."

Dec. 10, 2003 - Ami Isseroff, DSc 

CON (no)

Abdel-Aziz al-Rantissi, MD, the late leader of Hamas, in a Dec. 2, 2003 Reuters article titled "Palestinian Militants Step Up Campaign Against `Scandalous' Draft Peace Deal," published by Haaretz, said of the Geneva Accord:

"We will fight it [the Geneva Accord] and it will collapse like all other projects of liquidation against the Palestinian cause."

Dec. 2, 2003 - Abdel-Aziz al-Rantissi, MD 

Dore Gold, PhD, former Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations, in a Dec. 7, 2003 article titled "Palestinians Can't Agree on Cease-Fire," said of the Geneva Accord:

"... [T]he talks sounded like a discussion between men about which Israelis you can kill and which Israelis you can't kill. Obviously, we can't give this our blessing... There is only one source of authority in this country that can negotiate peace agreements with our neighbors or with representatives of our neighbors, and that's the elected government of Israel."

Dec. 7, 2003 - Dore Gold, PhD 

Natan Sharansky, former Israeli Knesset Member, in a Dec. 2, 2003 Haaretz article titled "Ministers, Right-Wing MKs Lambaste Colleagues for Attending Geneva Ceremony," stated:

"The Geneva Accord invites tremendous pressure on Israel and a return to the path of one-sided concessions that invite terror against us."

Dec. 2, 2003 - Natan Sharansky 

Yasser Arafat, former Palestinian Authority President, in a Dec. 2, 2003 Haaretz article titled "Arafat Rejects Geneva, but Lets Officials Attend Launch," stated:

"The authors (of the geneva Accords) are trading in (Palestinian) national assets and are collaborators with the American Zionist project."

Dec. 2, 2003 - Yasser Arafat