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June 10, 1983 - Image 3

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1983-06-10

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Friday, one 10, 183 3

Jewish-Arab Confederation Proposed for Judea, Samaria, Gaza

(Continued from Page 1)
and Samaria, the report
says, poses "strategic
threats to Israel" in terms of
vulnerable borders and
potential danger to Israel's
water resources.
Growing economic in-
terdependence among
Israel, Jordan and the
territories is another
"barrier to repartition,"
the report noted. Simi-
larly, a Palestinian state
in any part of the terri-




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tory "cannot be consid- and Samaria, noting: Now, for the first time,
ered a reasonable op- "While Israel basically con- there is a slim but real pOs-
tion" because it would trols security and the sibility that partners will
"divide rather than un- economy, Jordan shapes the appear."
ite" the Palestinian relationships between indi-
Citing the Camp David
Arabs (in view of the viduals and groups in Judea agreement, which provides
Palestinian Arab char- and Samaria and the Arab for a "self-governing-
acter of Jordan), it.would world.
authority . . . freely-elected
be "too small and poor .. .
"Jordan provides them by the inhabitants" of the
to be viable" and "could with a legal identity; the territories on a transitional
not help but be a nest for Jordanian curriculum is basis under the supervision
continued terrorist ac- used in their schools; Jor- of Israel, -Jordan and
dan registers organizations Egypt," the report observes:
The "only potentially and controls the operation
"What is suggested
workable alternative," the of trade relations between here and for the future
report argues, is to combine the territories and the Arab final settlement is a
"some form of self-rule, world.
Palestinian Arab entity
home-rule or autonomy
"In short," the authors of that will not be a sover-
with shared rule" that the report assert, "right now eign state, and hence will
would meet these essential the portion of land that is have to be linked with
the focus of the dispute is both Israel and Jordan,
• "Sufficient Israeli mili- already in joint tenancy, the latter already having
tary presence in the ter- with local inhabitants a Palestinian majority.
ritories, at least for an enjoying considerable au- The provision for Jor-
interim period, to guaran- tonomy de facto in their dan's entry into joint ar-
tee Israel's security."
internal matters and daily rangements with Israel
• "Self-rule for the Pales- life."
leaves the possibility
tinian Arabs."
The study cites broad open for a link to Jordan,
• "The right of Jews to re- Israeli political support Israel or' both.
side in the territories."
for "federativesolutions"
"This is further enhanced
• "Free movement of Is- to the territories prob- by the specific involvement
raelis, Jordanians and lem. In 1969, according to of Jordan, Egypt and Israel
Palestinian Arabs into and the study, Labor Party in any decision involving
out of the territories, to be. leader Shimon Peres the Palestinian Arabs' fu-
agreed upon by the con- endorsed the pursuit of ture along with the repre-
cerned parties."
federated options, alter sentatives of the Palesti-
• "The right of all resi- elaborating a plan for a nian Arab inhabitatants of
dents of the territories to redivision of the entire the territories.
freely choose their citizen- Cis-Jordanian area into
"The provision for joint
ship among the options of- multiple Jewish and committees and security
fered — i.e. Israeli or Jor- Arab cantons. Smilarly, forces is a first step in the
danian (whiA the Jorda- the study notes, "Moshe arrangement of some kind
nians could choose to define Dayan suggested a func- of shared rule arrangement,
as Palestinian) — and to tional solution for the even though they are to be
live within a normal administered territories established on a five-year
framework that .gives • citi- which would involve interim basis only at this
zenship meaningful expres- shared rule byIsrael and point."
Jordan. Even Yigal Anon
The actual development
• Substantial economic had at one point of a self-rule/shared-rule
integration of Israel, the suggested that the West arrangment will require
territories and Jordan."
Bank areas to be re- "utmost sensitivity" to the
The report notes that turned to Jordan be particular needs of the four
over the past decade, linked with that state in a principal factors,the report
"the basis for an ar- federation, and the whole notes. They are: the two
rangement has been es- be confederated with Is- peoples involved — Jewish
tablished de facto and is rael."
and Arab, each of whom
working, at least on a
More recently, the report "must maintain the
technical level."
said, Prime Minister maximum amount of inde-
The report argues that a Menahem Begin of Israel pendence on a separate
"de facto shared rule" is al- has suggested that after the basis"; the Palestinian Arab
ready "in place" in Judea. implementation of au- public, which "must be
tonomy in the territories, it given a maximum feasible
may be possible to link it self-rule within a larger
with an Israel-Jordan con- context of sharing"; the
federation. The report territory, which should be
added:"Unfortunately none "subject to the maximum
of these plans, nor those put feasible amoung of shared
forward by others outside of rule" by the various claim-
political life, produced any — ants — Israelis and Palesti-
echoes in the Arab camp . . . nians; and the states of Is-
Israel found no partners. rael and Jordan, who will

wish to maintain "their own
-independence and status as
politically sovereign
entities" but-which at the
same time "should be linked
through shared functional
arrangments . . . to provide
the structural and institu-
tional cement for the entire
"Thus," the report
says, "their separate
existence would also be
guaranteed along with
the Palestinian Arab
entity but in a situation in
which those functions
which should be handled
in common, whether con-
trol of water .resources,
tourism, a customs union
or whatever, would be
handled by limited-
purpose joint
This type of arrangement,
the report concludes, "will
enable both Jews and Arabs
living in Judea, Samaria
and the Gaza District to ex-
press their unique national
identities. Each resident
would be able to choose
either Israeli Or Jordanian
citizenship. Each citizen
will have voting rights
either in the Israeli Knesset
or the Jordanian Parlia-
ment; in addition to voting
privileges in regional (local)



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Israel Tax Proposal Killed

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Hurwitz maintained that
The controversial proposal this was the "only way to
on imposing an 0.3 percent save the economy." But
tax on all bank withdrawals there has been no response
was virtually killed Sunday from the Labor Alignment.
as its promoter, Finance
Hurwitz argued that no
Minister Yoram Aridor, government based on a
withdrew the proposal.
narrow coalition major-
Aridor said the tax, origi- ity, be it Likud or Labor-
nally designed to finance led, would be able to
the continued presence of carry out unpopular eco-
the Israeli army in Leba- nomic measures neces-
non, was "good and conven- sary to correct the situa-
ient," but "because of public tion.
sensitivity to the tax," he
Israel's inflation is run-
was not going to pursue its ning at an annual rate of
150 percent, its exports are
In a related development, declining, its balance of
the rapidly deteriorating trade deficit is growing and
economic situation has its foreign currency re-
triggered new calls for a na- serves are dwindling.
tional unity government. A
group of coalition Knesset
There is nothing so fatal
members led by former Fi- to character as half-finished
nance Minister Yigael tasks.

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