"Gaza-Jericho" Fourth Anniversary:
Four Years of Palestinian Violations

(communicated by the Israel Government Press Office)
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At a ceremony in Cairo on May 4, 1994, Israel and the Palestinians
signed the Gaza-Jericho Agreement. The accord led to the establishment
of the Palestinian Authority (PA) shortly thereafter. Each side undertook
numerous obligations, chief among them Israel's commitment to turn
territory over to the PA, and the Palestinian commitment to combat terror
and prevent violence. Following is a summary of the two sides' actions in
the past four years:

Israeli Concessions
In the four years since the Gaza-Jericho Agreement, Israel has made
tangible concessions to the Palestinians:

1) Israeli forces withdrew from Jericho and most of the Gaza Strip
(May 1994)

2) After the signing of the September 1995 Oslo 2 Accords, Israeli forces
withdrew from six cities in the West Bank: Jenin, Tulkarem, Kalkilya,
Nablus, Ramallah, Bethlehem

3) After the signing of the January 1997 Hebron Accord, Israeli forces
withdrew from 80% of Hebron, one of Judaism's holiest cities.

4) On March 6, 1997, the Israeli Cabinet approved the first phase of the
further West Bank redeployments, consisting of 9.1% of the territory.
This included 7% of territory that is currently Area B (Israeli security
control, Palestinian civilian control) and 2.1% of Area C (exclusive Israeli
control). The redeployment would have tripled the size of West Bank
territory under exclusive Palestinian control. The PA rejected the Israeli
Cabinet decision.

5) On March 19, 1997, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that
Israel is prepared to enter final status talks with the Palestinians
immediately, offering an accelerated timetable under which the
negotiations would be completed within six to nine months. The PA
rejected the Israeli proposal.

6) On November 30, 1997, the Israeli Cabinet approved in principle the
second stage of the further redeployments in the West Bank. Subsequent
meetings have been held to work out the conditions and details of the
move.

As a result of Israel's withdrawals, more than 95% of Palestinians in Judea,
Samaria and Gaza now live under Palestinian administration.

Palestinian Violations
The four years since the Gaza-Jericho Agreement have been marked by
systematic Palestinian non-compliance with their main obligations under
the accords. Various Palestinian commitments contained in the May 1994
Gaza-Jericho Agreement were recycled in the September 1995 Oslo 2 Accord
and reaffirmed in the January 1997 Hebron Accord, yet remain unfulfilled.
Following is a table outlining the Palestinian non-compliance with their

obligations:


- Commitment -
Eliminate Articles in the PLO Covenant Calling for Israel's Destruction
- First Undertaken -
1) Oslo 1 - 9/93
- Reaffirmed -
2) Gaza-Jericho Accord - 5/94
3) Oslo 2 Accord - 9/95
4) Hebron Protocol - 1/97
- Action Taken -
In April 1996, the PNC empowered a legal
committee to redraft the Covenant. No PNC action taken
since to effectuate changes.
- Conclusion -
Commitment Unfulfilled


- Commitment -
Uproot Terrorist Infrastructure
- First Undertaken -
1) Gaza-Jericho Accord - 5/94
- Reaffirmed -
2) Oslo 2 Accord - 9/95
3) Hebron Protocol - 1/97
- Action Taken -
Some terrorists arrested but almost always freed.
Some terror attacks prevented, but no action against terrorists'
military infrastructure.
- Conclusion -
Commitment Unfulfilled


- Commitment -
Transfer of Terror Fugitives
- First Undertaken -
1) Gaza-Jericho Accord - 5/94
- Reaffirmed -
2) Oslo 2 Accord - 9/95
3) Hebron Protocol - 1/97
- Action Taken -
All of Israel's requests for 33 fugitives ignored
- Conclusion -
Commitment Unfulfilled


- Commitment -
Disarm/Disband Terror Groups
- First Undertaken -
1) Gaza-JerichoAccord - 5/94
- Reaffirmed -
2) Oslo 2 Accord - 9/95
3) Hebron Protocol - 1/97
- Action Taken -
PA has disbanded none of the major terror groups
- Conclusion -
Commitment Unfulfilled


- Commitment -
Confiscate All Illegal Weapons
- First Undertaken -
1) Gaza-Jericho Accord - 5/94
- Reaffirmed -
2) Oslo 2 Accord - 9/95
3) Hebron Protocol - 1/97
- Action Taken -
Weapons caches uncovered with great fanfare, but tens of
thousands of weapons still in terrorists' hands
- Conclusion -
Commitment Unfulfilled


- Commitment -
No anti-Israel incitement
- First Undertaken -
1) Oslo 1 - 9/93
- Reaffirmed -
2) Gaza-Jericho Accord - 5/94
3) Oslo 2 Accord - 9/95
4) Hebron Protocol - 1/97
- Action Taken -
PA officials and media regularly incite hatred and violence against Israel
- Conclusion -
Commitment Unfulfilled


- Commitment -
No PA Activity in Jerusalem
- First Undertaken -
1) Gaza-Jericho Accord 5/94
- Reaffirmed -
2) Oslo 2 Accord - 9/95
3) Hebron Protocol - 1/97
- Action Taken -
Several PA offices operate in Jerusalem
- Conclusion -
Commitment Unfulfilled
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