Last updated on: 5/15/2008 11:39:00 AM PST
What Was the 2002 Nusseibeh-Ayalon Agreement?
General Reference (not clearly pro or con)
Gidon Doni Remba, President of Chicago Peace Now, in an article posted on the Chicago Peace Now website titled "The Nusseibeh-Ayalon Agreement," wrote (accessed July 19, 2007):
"[T]he Nusseibeh-Ayalon agreement [is] a historic statement of basic principles for resolving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict written by Dr. Sari Nusseibeh, the senior Palestinian representative in Jerusalem, and Ami Ayalon, former chief of Israel’s Shin Bet security service. It involves several major Palestinian concessions, including these key points:
July 19, 2007 - Gidon Doni Remba
Sari Nusseibeh, President of Al-Kuds University and (at the time) PLO Representative in Jerusalem, and Ami Ayalon, Member of the Knesset and former Chief of the Israeli General Security Service (Shin Bet), completed the following document on Aug. 6, 2002, and then published it in Ha'aretz on Sep. 3, 2002:
The Palestinian people and the Jewish people each recognize the other's historic rights with respect to the same land. The Jewish people has for generations wanted to establish the Jewish State in all the Land of Israel, while the Palestinian people has similarly wanted to establish a state in all of Palestine.
The two sides hereby agree to accept a historic compromise based on the principle of two sovereign and viable states existing side by side. The following Statement of Intentions is an expression of the will of the majority of the people. Both sides believe that through this initiative they can influence their leaders and thereby open a new chapter in the region's history. This new chapter will be realized by calling on the international community to guarantee security in the region and to help in rehabilitating and developing the region's economy.
The People Vote - Statement of Intentions
1. Two states for two peoples: Both sides will declare that Palestine is the only state of the Palestinian people and Israel is the only state of the Jewish people.
2. Borders: Permanent borders between the two states will be agreed on the basis of the June 4, 1967 lines, UN resolutions and the Arab peace initiative (known as the Saudi initiative).
5. The Palestinian State will be demilitarized and the international community will guarantee its security and independence.
6. End of conflict: Upon the full implementation of these principles, all claims on both sides and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will end."
Aug. 6, 2002 - Sari Nusseibeh, PhD
Ami Ayalon, MA