Dani Dayan, Chief Foreign Envoy of the Yesha Council, has categorically dismissed the details of the report by US envoy Martin Indyk presenting the American framework for an interim agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA).
"The American framework apparently leaves Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria under Israeli sovereignty using the 'balloon on a string' method," Dayan lamented Friday. "A road will lead to communities already built, but everything surrounding it will say 'Palestine.'"
Dayan condemned the framework as "inapplicable and absolutely unacceptable."
Envoy Martin Indyk revealed Thursday select details of the plan, which would see Israel retain 75-80% of its Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria.
The agreement will include a reference to the PA’s incitement against Israel and will also include a reference to compensation for Jewish refugees who came from Arab countries, the leaders told Channel 10. The Arabs would recognize Israel as a Jewish state, Israel would recognize the Palestinian state, and the two sides will announce the end of the conflict, they said.
The Jewish officials further noted that even after the agreement is presented, the sides will not be forced to agree to it and the parties will be allowed to present their reservations, though they would be required to continue the negotiations based on the principles that appear in the document.
Indyk also revealed that an agreement is expected before the end of 2014.
On Wednesday, Thomas Friedman of the New York Times published some details of Kerry’s plan which, he said, will call for a phased Israeli withdrawal from Judea and Samaria based on the 1949 lines, with "unprecedented" security arrangements in the strategic Jordan Valley.
The plan was blasted by Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon, who declared that “it is not going to happen.”
“Israel will not split Jerusalem nor will it withdraw to the pre-1967 lines,” Danon said, adding, “The only thing good about this plan is that the Palestinians will recognize Israel as a Jewish state. It’s about time.”