Peace Plan to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict – Michael Ruark (revision 5)

A Bridge for the World

A Separate Nation of Palestine

Jerusalem will be the capital for both Israel and the new nation of Palestine.

Jerusalem will become a city-state.

A city-state is an independent country whose territory consists solely of a single major city and the area immediately surrounding it. The term “city-state” should not be confused with “independent city”, which refers to a city which is not administered as part of another local government.

Whereas the nation-states rely on a common cultural heritage, be it linguistic, historical, religious, economic, etc., the city-state relies on the common interest in the function of the urban center. The urban center and its activity supply the livelihoods of all urbanites inhabiting the city-state.

Jerusalem will be divided as allotted in the 1947 UN Partition Plan -Resolution 181(II).

Specified Territories of Jerusalem:
The City of Jerusalem shall include the present municipality of Jerusalem plus the surrounding villages and towns, the most eastern of which shall be Adu Dis; the most southern, Bethlehem; the most western, Ein Karim (including also the built-up area of Motsa); and the most northern Shu’fat.

The General Assembly also recommended that the City of Jerusalem be placed under a special international regime, a corpus separatum, outside both states; this was to preserve peace, given the unique spiritual and religious interests in the city among the world’s three great monotheistic religions: “in view of its association with three world religions” to be “accorded special and separate treatment”.

United Nations General Assembly Resolution 194, 11 December 1948 established a United Nations Conciliation Commission and reaffirmed this statement. United Nations General Assembly Resolution 303 confirmed the decision to place Jerusalem under a permanent international regime according to the provisions of General Assembly Resolution 181(II). Note: the resolution states that a transitional period under UN auspices was to begin with the adoption of the resolution and last until establishment of the two states; given the creation of the two states the UN auspices would begin and end.

In Agreement,

1. Egypt will agree to release all property rights to the North Sinai Governorate and South Sinai Governorate.

2. US will agree to raise aid to Egypt; to assist in the establishment of their new democracy.

3. The North and South Sinai Governorates will become the new country, Palestine.

4. Palestine will be divided proportionately to all the Palestinian people, including any and all refugees; the existing Bedouin population and all people that chose to remain living in the former Sinai Governorates.

5. Palestine will be initially governed by the existing Palestinian authority; free elections to be expedited.

6. Palestine will agree to release any claim to territories – other than the Specified Territories of Jerusalem – allotted them in the UN Partition Plan of 1948.

7. US will agree to aid Palestine in an amount equal to or greater than 25% of the aid it provides to Israel, initial major contributions to repartition efforts of the Palestinian people.

8. US will agree to commit to the immediate and most effective economic and agricultural growth in Palestine (i.e., Sharm-el-Sheikh, Taba, El Arish/Zaraniq, desalination).

9. Israel and Palestine will agree that their border will be the existing western border of Israel (an almost straight line from Rafah on the Mediterranean shore to Taba on the Gulf of Aqaba).

10. Israel and Lebanon will agree that their border will begin at the Hasbani River and follow the Blue Line (published by the United Nations on 7 June 2000).

11. Israel and Syria will agree that their border will begin at the Hasbani River, from the Lebanon border, to the Jordan River tributary, through the Nahal Qallil to the Jordan River, dividing the Sea of Galilee evenly, and continuing to follow the Jordan River to the border with Jordan.

12. All water rights originating from the Golan Heights and the Sea of Galilee will be divided evenly, between Syria and Israel.

13. Jordan will agree to fully compensate all Palestinian refugees, for their existing properties in Jordan, who wish to repatriate to Palestine.

14. Saudi Arabia will agree to release all property rights to Tiran Island, the island will become part of Palestine.

15. Saudi Arabia will agree to release all property rights to Sanafir Island, the island will become part of Israel (for protection of the Gulf of Aqaba).

16. US will agree to raise aid to Jordon, Lebanon and Syria.

17. Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Saudi Arabia and Syria will agree to a peaceful co-existence under these terms, given full support by the US and fully sponsored by any nation or other elected body or party.

A previous proposal mentioning a new state (separate area)

The Elon Peace Plan (now “The Israeli Initiative”, formerly “The Right Road to Peace”) is a plan to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict originally proposed in 2002 by Rabbi Binyamin Elon, who was the Israeli tourism minister at the time he put forward the proposal. The plan advocates the formal annexation of West Bank and Gaza by Israel, and, originally, the Palestinians becoming citizens of a new Palestinian state in Jordan. Elon and Moledet (Elon’s party and the chief supporter of this plan) proposed that “Israel, the United States and the international community will allocate resources for the completion of the exchange of populations that began in 1948 and the full rehabilitation of the refugees and their absorption and naturalization in various countries”.

Seeing as it concerned the transfer of Palestinians to this hypothetical designated state without their consent, and that Jordan was far from enthusiastic to allocate its own territory for the sake of a Palestinian state (having reneged on its claim to the West Bank and taken away citizenship of the Palestinians living there in 1988), this idea came to be seen as irrelevant by the majority of Israelis and Palestinians. Elon continued to advance his plan, including a 2004 visit to Jordan for this purpose, but did not manage to win substantial support for it.

General public support for Elon and his plan has been ambiguous. The National Union received 5.5% support on the Israeli legislative election of 2003 (which went up to 7.14% in the 2006 election after the party’s merger with the National Religious Party); a survey conducted by Mutagim in January 2005 showed that public support for the relocation of Palestinians outside of Israel, a tenet of Elon’s original proposal, was about equal to the support of Ariel Sharon’s then soon-to-be-executed unilateral disengagement plan.

 

The Solution

The territory currently known as the North and South Sinai Governates will become Palestine.

Thoughts

The Sinai Peninsula had already been taken by Israel (1967), given back in the Camp David Accords (1978).

The Sinai Peninsula has been and will continue to be the land bridge for Africa, Asia and Europe.

A Bridge for the World

 

Prior Correspondence:

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

emailed the first version to: the Whitehouse, US State Department and to the Vice President of the United States.

Friday, September 25, 2009

emailed updated file: A Bridge for the World – Proposed Peace Plan to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (rev. 2) to: the Whitehouse (whitehouse.gov), US State Department (state.gov), Vice President of the US (whitehouse.gov/administration/vice_president_biden), Clinton Global Initiative (clintonglobalinitiative.org) and to the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum (jimmycarterlibrary.gov)

Friday, December 11, 2009

emailed file: United Nations inquiries@un.org; State of Israel (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) sar@mfa.gov.il; Embassy of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan JEmbassyDC@jordanembassyus.org; Republic of Lebanon (Embassy) info@lebanonembassyus.org; Palestine National Authority pmc@palestine-pmc.com; Council of Foreign Affairs bgude@cfr.org (on behalf of Hamas and Hezbollah); Sinai Bedouin population info@sheikhsalemhouse.com

Sunday, December 13, 2009

emailed file: The Arab Republic of Egypt webmaster@ad.gov.eg, Syrian Arab Republic info@syrembassy.net,consular@syrianembassy.us;Palestine National Authority menawb@gov.ps, environment@gov.ps

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

emailed updated file: A Bridge for the World – Proposed Peace Plan to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (rev. 4) to: comments@whitehouse.gov; president@whitehouse.gov; u.s.state.gov@usa.com; vice.president@whitehouse.gov; info@clintonglobalinitiative.org; inquiries@un.org; sar@mfa.gov.il; KJEmbassyDC@jordanembassyus.org; info@lebanonembassyus.org; pmc@palestine-pmc.com; bgude@cfr.org; info@sheikhsalemhouse.com; webmaster@ad.gov.eg; info@syrembassy.net; consular@syrianembassy.us;menawb@gov.ps; environment@gov.ps

Sunday, August 26, 2012

emailed updated file: A Bridge for the World – Peace Plan to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (rev. 5) to:

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