MK Rabbi Benny Elon is reissuing his Right Road to Peace plan that calls for the Palestinian Authority to cease to exist, and be replaced by the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
MK Elon, head of the National Union party and its Moledet Party faction, originally wrote the plan in May 2003 and has now updated it with references to, and lessons learned from, the Second Lebanon War, the Disengagement from Gaza, and other recent events.
The plan calls for Israel, the United States and the entire international community to recognize the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan as the sole legitimate representative of the Arabs of Judea and Samaria. Israel will assume full sovereignty over Judea and Samaria, while Jordan grants citizenship to the Arabs living there. Israel and Jordan will cooperate in coordinating the running of local affairs.
All weapons in the PA areas will be seized from the various terrorist groups. "Jordan is a reliable partner interested in stability," Elon explains, "and will replace our Palestinian 'partner' who is unable to bring peace."
"Palestine has already been divided once into two states, a Jewish one and an Arab one," Elon told the reporters. "The Arab state is now Jordan, which was originally established in 1922 when Britain gave most of the land to Amir Abdullah. Most of the population of present-day Jordan is originally Palestinian, having come from the West Bank of Jordan."
Jordan's Return to the Picture
In July 1988, Jordan announced its "disengagement" from the areas of Judea and Samaria, leaving its former citizens stateless. Today, MK Elon says, in light of the failure of the Israeli-Palestinian diplomatic process and the realization that a Palestinian state will not contribute to regional stability, Jordan and its King Abdullah have returned to the idea of Jordanian-Palestinian unity. "Reliable polls taken among the Arabs of Judea and Samaria indicate great support for the return of Jordan to the picture," Elon says.
MK Rabbi Elon, who served twice as Tourism Minister and Dean of Yeshivat Beit Orot, will present the plan on Wednesday to the foreign press, with a special emphasis on the role he expects the US to play in his plan. The program, which can be viewed at www.hayozma.org, has been translated into English, Arabic, Russian, German, Spanish and French.
Main points of the plan include:
* Israeli sovereignty in Judea and Samaria - an end to the "Occupation" and a move to sovereignty, which will prevent Hamas taking control and will grant security to Israel and to the countries of the region
* The rehabilitation of the Arab refugees and the dismantling of the camps, which will mean an end to the refugee problem in a humanitarian and generous manner. "Israel and its governments have long erred by pushing aside the matter of the refugees," Elon explained, "possibly in the fear that we would be required to allow them in. But we will not be able to celebrate 60 years of independence [next year] while the Arabs continue their campaign to show that Israel is temporary, and that millions of them will soon return. There must be an Israeli initiative to raise this issue. We must demand from the international community a plan as to how, with Israel's help, to close the camps, and how to solve this humanitarian problem that the Arab leaders have caused."
"The first step," he said, "is the closure of UNRWA [United Nations Relief and Works Agency], which has long perpetuated this problem. Next must be a generous compensation program for all the refugees, who will have the option of starting new lives and becoming citizens in various countries. This is the desire of most of the refugees, according to reliable recent surveys carried out among them. A solution of this nature is an Arab interest as well."
* Regional stability. Elon's plan takes into account the entire Middle East, and not just Israeli-Palestinian relations. "Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Turkey and the U.S. will together build a strategic framework by which to stop the Islamic axis, which is headquartered in Teheran."