Quartet’s 10 recommendations to revive Israel-Palestinian peace talks

‘Foster a climate of tolerance,’ world diplomats urge both sides, ‘to strengthen the foundations for peace and counter extremism’

Israeli soldiers stand guard in the Jewish settlement of Kiryat Arba outside of Hebron on June 30, 2016, after a terror attack that left 13-year-old Hallel Yaffa Ariel dead. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Israeli soldiers stand guard in the Jewish settlement of Kiryat Arba outside of Hebron on June 30, 2016, after a terror attack that left 13-year-old Hallel Yaffa Ariel dead. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

A much-awaited report by the Middle East Quartet contains 10 recommendations for putting the Israeli-Palestinian peace process back on track. Here are the 10 points as outlined in the report.

Area C in point 5 refers to 60 percent of the West Bank and includes the majority of agricultural lands, natural resources and land reserves.

1. Both sides should work to de-escalate tensions by exercising restraint and refraining from provocative actions and rhetoric.

2. Both sides should take all necessary steps to prevent violence and protect the lives and property of all civilians, including through continuing security coordination and strengthening the capacity, capability and authority of the Palestinian Authority Security Forces.

3. The Palestinian Authority should act decisively and take all steps within its capacity to cease incitement to violence and strengthen ongoing efforts to combat terrorism, including by clearly condemning all acts of terrorism.

4. Israel should cease the policy of settlement construction and expansion, designating land for exclusive Israeli use and denying Palestinian development.

5. Israel should implement positive and significant policy shifts, including transferring powers and responsibilities in Area C, consistent with the transition to greater Palestinian civil authority contemplated by prior agreements. Progress in the areas of housing, water, energy, communications, agriculture and natural resources, along with significantly easing Palestinian movement restrictions, can be made while respecting Israel’s legitimate security needs.

6. The Palestinian leadership should continue their efforts to strengthen institutions, improve governance and develop a sustainable economy. Israel should take all necessary steps to enable this process, in line with the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee recommendations.

7. All sides must continue to respect the ceasefire in Gaza, and the illicit arms buildup and militant activities must be terminated.

8. Israel should accelerate the lifting of movement and access restrictions to and from Gaza, with due consideration of its need to protect its citizens from terrorist attacks.

9. Gaza and the West Bank should be reunified under a single, legitimate and democratic Palestinian authority on the basis of the PLO platform and Quartet principles and the rule of law, including control over all armed personnel and weapons in accordance with existing agreements.

10. Both parties should foster a climate of tolerance, including through increasing interaction and cooperation in a variety of fields –- economic, professional, educational, cultural –- that strengthen the foundations for peace and countering extremism.

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