Israeli opposition leader secretly agreed to hand over Judea and Samaria to Palestinians
Israeli opposition leader, Zionist Union Chairman Isaac Herzog, last year secretly signed a white paper agreeing to transfer the entire Judea and Samaria and East Jerusalem to the custody of the Palestinian Authority and to bring some Palestinian refugees to Israel, Channel 10 News said on Sunday.
According to the report, it was during the period leading up to the March 2015 general election that representatives on behalf of Herzog and Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas conducted negotiations. The two sides reportedly agreed that the Arab Peace Initiative first proposed in 2002 would be the basis for a new regional order.
Herzog allegedly agreed to transfer control to the Palestinian Authority of the 100 percent of the territory Israel gained in June 1967, of which four percent would entail land swaps.
He also said Israel was willing to accept East Jerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian state, Channel 10 claimed, with a single municipality overseeing the capital cities of East and West Jerusalem. A multinational force would operate the Temple Mount, but Israel would have sovereignty over the Western Wall, according to the report.
The proposed solution for the Palestinian refugee issue was based on the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 194, entailing financial compensation for the majority of ‘refugees’ and allowing a limited number of refugees to return, Channel 10 reported.
Herzog and Abbas purportedly further agreed that Israel’s security concerns would be addressed by permitting a symbolic military presence in Judea and Samaria, while anti-terrorism efforts would be handled by cooperation between Israel, Jordan, and a Palestinian state.
Herzog’s bureau told Channel 10 that he conducted the negotiations in an attempt to “prevent the wave of terror that [he] foresaw”.