Back in 2009, Shaul Mofaz presented the world with his proposal for a peace plan with the Palestinians.
It’s basic tenet is that without concurrent implementation on the ground, peace negotiations will not bear fruit. The idea received wide-spread interest back in 2009.
A lot has changed since then, most importantly the tumult in the Arab world, and the Palestinian Authority’s entrenched intransigence.
Now that he’s officially in the government, and officially “in charge of the process with the Palestinians” it’s worth taking a critical look at some points in his peace plan to see if they’re still relevant and possible to implement.
“I propose the immediate establishment of an independent disarmed Palestinian state in the West Bank and in Gaza with temporary borders. Simultaneously, we will engage in dialogue with the Palestinians on the final status issues.”
The Fatah-Hamas unity deal has floundered, so, from their position, establishing a sovereign state with one leadership in both Gaza and the West Bank seems impossible. Furthermore, the Palestinians refuse to enter into negotiations without a complete halt to Israeli settlement activity, including in East Jerusalem. Netanyahu has already tried that once, and the Palestinians didn’t bite. Will Mofaz stick to this formulation? How exactly does he “establish” a Palestinian state when the Palestinians themselves are fractured?
“Generally speaking, Gaza is part of the Palestinian state, under one condition: that the elected Palestinian government will control Gaza with one authority, one law and one gun. But this is not a precondition for negotiations and moving ahead with the Palestinians because we no longer have the privilege of waiting.”
In other words, Mofaz would enter into final status negotiations with the PA without the latter first sorting out their Gaza sovereignty issue, and without Hamas agreeing to cease terror against Israelis, and accept previous agreements signed between Israel and the PA.
“If the Palestinian people vote for Hamas and Hamas wins the election I will respect their decision and will return to the negotiating table with Hamas as a partner.”
This is all well and fine, assuming Hamas decides to stop terror against Israel. They may be voted into power, but they’re still very much a terror organization.
“There is no chance to divide Jerusalem. It will remain united as the capital of the state of Israel and we have to find a way to handle the daily life of the Jewish and Palestinian people in Jerusalem.”
The Palestinians will not agree to this. To them, this condition represents a non-starter.