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December 05, 2002

Sharon outlines his peace vision

The Sharon proposal for peace is on the table. Though it may not be deemed acceptable, it is an offer that ought to be negotiated. There are of course other issues that also need to be discussed, but a flat rejection is perhaps even worse than the status quo.
The Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has set out, for the first time, his proposals for the creation of a Palestinian state.

The plans, he said, correspond to a framework outlined earlier this year by US President George W Bush which said that a Palestinian state would follow Palestinian reforms.

They call for a Palestinian state within parts of the West Bank and Gaza, with provisional borders by next year and definitive ones by 2005.

The Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has set out, for the first time, his proposals for the creation of a Palestinian state.

The plans, he said, correspond to a framework outlined earlier this year by US President George W Bush which said that a Palestinian state would follow Palestinian reforms.

They call for a Palestinian state within parts of the West Bank and Gaza, with provisional borders by next year and definitive ones by 2005.

However, the plans, Mr Sharon stressed, were conditional on "an absolute end to terror" and, "above all else, all the Palestinian security organisations must be disbanded."

He also demanded the replacement of the Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.
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Here are DEBKA headlines on the Sharon speech:
Sharon’s advocacy of a Palestinian state causes uproar on both sides of Israeli political spectrum. In White House, Adviser Rice slams Sharon speech

Wednesday, he came out in favor of fully demilitarized Palestinian state (after terror ends and reforms begin) with provisional borders on current A and B zones, except for security zones

Israel will control all passage points and air space and not allow alliances with its enemies.

Arafat will be relegated to a “symbolic role”

Right-wing leaders: Statehood would reward Palestinian terror. Left-wing: Likud leader is angling for centrist vote in January 28 election.