The Palestinian 18-point plan

The document, negotiated by senior members of the leading Palestinian factions currently being held in prison by Israel, has 18 main proposals.

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    1 The establishment of a Palestinian state and the return of refugees to their homes.

    2 Incorporating Hamas and Islamic Jihad into the Palestine Liberation Organisation [PLO].

    3 To resist Israeli occupation of lands captured in 1967 [the West Bank and Gaza].

    4 The formulation of a political plan including Arab summit resolutions, the PLO platform and fair international proposals.

    5 To consolidate the Palestinian Authority as the core of the state.

    6 The setting up of a national unity government for all factions, especially Fatah and Hamas.

    7 The PLO and its president, Mahmoud Abbas, would be in charge of peace negotiations.

    8 Freedom for all Palestinian prisoners held by Israel.

    9 Aid for refugees.

    10 To set up a united movement for resistance against Israeli occupation with political backing.

    11 Maintain democratic elections and politics.

    12 The condemnation of the Israeli and US siege on the Palestinian people.

    13 To promote national unity by backing the Palestinian Authority, president, PLO and government.

    14 Ban on use of weapons in internal conflicts and renouncing divisions and [internal] violence.

    15 To improve the participation of the people of Gaza in freedom and independence.

    16 To reform and develop the security forces.

    17 The passing of laws reorganising the security forces and banning security officers from political activity.

    18 To boost efforts of international solidarity groups in struggles against Israeli occupation, settlements and security barrier.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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