TFR 38 – The Israeli-Palestinian Issue


During the past eighteen months a number of events have occurred which have created a new potential for progress in relation to the Israel/Palestine issue. These include the change of Administration in the United States; developments in the Soviet Union affecting its relationship with the United States; the Intifadah in the West Bank and Gaza and related changes in the stance of the PLO; and developments in the political situation within Israel itself, which arise in part at least from external developments.

The earliest of these developments in point of time was the emergence of the Intifadah which facilitated a change of attitude on the part of the PLO, but for the sake of coherence of presentation, developments in the international situation and in the United States will be dealt with first in this report.


Garrett Fitzgerald, Member of Irish Dail; former Prime Minister of Ireland

Table of Contents

I. New Potential for Progress on Israel/Palestine Issues
- Changes in the International Situation
- The Change in the U.S. Administration
- Changes within Arab Countries
- Changed Attitudes among the PLO and the Palestinians
- Changes in Attitudes amongst Israeli Parties
- The Security Issue
II. The Proposed Israeli/Palestinian Dialogue
- Procedural Issues
- Role of International Conference
- Possibility of Failure of Baker Initiative
III. A Long-Term Solution: Issues that Will Arise in Seeking a Permanent Solution
- Security Issues
- Settlement Issues
- Boundaries
- Jerusalem
- Confederation
- Summing Up
IV. Role of the Intemational Community
- Non-Proliferation and Disarmament
- Syria/Israel Peace Moves
- Human Rights Issues
- Aid
- U.S. Immigration Liberalisation
Summing Up

  • Topics: Security, Multilateral Cooperation
  • Region:  North America, Europe, Middle East, Pacific Asia
  • Publisher:  The Trilateral Commission
  • Publication Date:  © 1990
  • ISBN:  0-930503-66-X
  • Pages:  42
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