Draft: Israel's Notes to the Trump Vision
Proposed by: Dr. Aaron Lerner 2 February 2020
1. As duly noted in the Vision, "A realistic solution would give the Palestinians all the power to govern themselves but not the powers to threaten Israel..." Therefore, since no mechanism exists in international law to irrevocably guarantee the revocation of the sovereignty of a sovereign state which violates the framework according to which said sovereign state achieved sovereignty, the Palestinian state shall have the status of an autonomous state.
2. As duly noted in the Vision, "The United States cannot ask any country, let alone the State of Israel, a close ally, to make compromises that would exacerbate an already precarious security situation". Therefore, while Israel will consider the recommendations of the Review Committee, Israel shall retain sole discretion to determine if the State of Palestine meets and maintains the Security Criteria and if the Gaza Criteria is being satisfied.
3. By the same token while Israel will consider the recommendations of the Crossing Board, Israel shall retain sole discretion regarding the operation of the crossings.
4. By the same token while Israel will consider recommendations by the United States if the criteria which are a predicate to the formation of a Palestinian State have occurred, Israel shall retain sole discretion to make the binding determination.
5. By the same token, while Israel will consult with the other parties regarding the rate of movement of refugees from outside Gaza and the West Bank into the State of Palestine, Israel shall retain sole discretion to make the binding determination.
6. By the same token, Israel shall determine, at its sole discretion, the characteristics of the secure transportation connections between Israeli enclaves located inside contiguous Palestinian territory and Israel.
7. Israel confirms that henceforth, as stipulated in the Vision, Israel is not subject to any restrictions in areas contemplated by the Vision to be part of the State of Israel.
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