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GI Israel Position Paper: Basic Political Guidelines for the New Government

Basic Political Guidelines for the New Government
Date: 12.2.09

 

The Geneva Initiative headquarters advises the new government to adopt some of the Basic Guidelines of previous Kadima and Likud governments, and this time—contrary to the conduct of previous governments—turn the words into action:
 
1. Shape the permanent borders of the State of Israel
The Government will strive to shape the permanent borders of the State of Israel as a Jewish state, with a Jewish majority, and as a democratic state, and will act to achieve this through negotiations and agreement with the Palestinians.
(From the Basic Guidelines of the 31st Government of Israel, headed by Ehud Olmert)
2. Security
The Government will strive to achieve the following national goals:
· To ensure national and personal security for every citizen of the State.
· To achieve security and genuine peace between Israel and its neighbors on the basis of stable peace agreements.
(From the Basic Guidelines of the 29th Government of Israel, headed by Ariel Sharon)
3. Final status
The Government will negotiate with the Palestinians with the aim of reaching a final status agreement.
(Taken from the Basic Guidelines of the 27th Government of Israel, headed by Benjamin Netanyahu)
The Government will strive to achieve permanent peace agreements with Syria and the Palestinians based on UN Security Council Resolutions 242 and 338.
(From the Basic Guidelines of the 30th Government of Israel, headed by Ariel Sharon)
4. Direct negotiations
The Government believes that direct negotiations are the correct way to establish relationships of trust and promote peace.
(From the Basic Guidelines of the 30th Government of Israel, headed by Ariel Sharon)
5. Freezing construction in settlements
During its term of office, the Government will not establish new settlements.
(From the Basic Guidelines of the 30th Government of Israel, headed by Ariel Sharon)
6. Regional peace
The Government of Israel will act to promote peace with all the states and peoples in the region, while maintaining Israel's historical, national, and security interests. The achievement of peace requires painful compromises by all sides. The Government will strive to achieve stability and prosperity for all peoples of the region… The Government, as part its policy to promote peace in the Middle East, will work towards developing frameworks for cooperation among the people of the region in the political, economic, scientific, and cultural spheres.
(From the Basic Guidelines of the 30th Government of Israel, headed by Ariel Sharon)
 
The Geneva Initiative headquarters advises the government to add a further, new article to its Basic Guidelines:
 
7. The Arab Peace Initiative
The Government believes the Arab Peace Initiative constitutes an important step in the process of normalization between Israel and all Arab states and in the Arab states' recognition of Israel. The Government views the Arab Initiative as a positive development that could be of aid in negotiations with Syria and the Palestinians.