security organizations of the Government of Israel (GOI) and of
the Palestinian Authority (PA) reaffirm their commitment to the
security agreements forged at Sharm el-Sheikh in October 2000,
embedded in the Mitchell Report of April 2001.
The operational premise of the
work plan is that the two sides are committed to a mutual,
comprehensive cease-fire, applying to all violent activities, in
accordance with the public declaration of both leaders. In
addition, the joint security committee referenced in this work
plan will resolve issues that may arise during the implementation
of this work plan.
The security organizations of the
GOI and PA agree to initiate the following specific, concrete, and
realistic security steps immediately to reestablish security
cooperation and the situation on the ground that existed prior to
1. The GOI and the PA will
immediately resume security cooperation.
A senior-level meeting of
Israeli, Palestinian, and U.S. security officials will be held
immediately and will reconvene at least once a week, with
mandatory participation by designated senior officials.
Coordination Offices (DCOs) will be reinvigorated. They will
carry out their daily activities, to the maximum extent
possible, according to the standards established prior to
September 28, 2000. As soon as the security situation permits,
barriers to effective cooperation - which include the erection
of walls between the Israeli and Palestinian sides - will be
eliminated and join Israeli-Palestinian patrols will be
U.S.-supplied video conferencing
systems will be provided to senior-level Israeli and Palestinian
officials to facilitate frequent dialogue and security
2. Both sides will take
immediate measures to enforce strict adherence to the declared
cease-fire and to stabilize the security environment.
Specific procedures will be
developed by the senior-level security committee to ensure the
secure movement of GOI and PA security personnel traveling in
areas outside their respective control, in accordance with
Israel will not conduct attacks
of any kind against the Palestinian Authority Ra'is facilities:
the headquarters of Palestinian security, intelligence, and
police organization; or prisons in the West Bank and Gaza.
The PA will move immediately to
apprehend, question, and incarcerate terrorists in the West Bank
and Gaza and will provide the security committee the names of
those arrested as soon as they are apprehended, as well as a
readout of actions taken.
Israel will release all
Palestinians arrested in security sweeps who have no association
with terrorist activities.
In keeping with its unilateral
cease-fire declaration, the PA will stop any Palestinian
security officials from inciting, aiding, abetting, or
conducting attacks against Israeli targets, including settlers.
In keeping with Israel's
unilateral cease-fire declaration, Israeli forces will not
conduct "proactive" security operations in areas under
the control of the PA or attack innocent civilian targets.
The GOI will re-institute
military police investigations into Palestinian deaths resulting
from Israel Defense Forces actions in the West Bank and Gaza in
incidents not involving terrorism.
3. Palestinian and Israeli
security officials will use the security committee to provide each
other, as well as designated U.S. officials, information on
terrorist threats, including information on known or suspected
terrorist operation in - or moving to - areas under the other's
Legitimate terrorist and terror
threat information will be acted upon immediately, with
follow-up actions and results reported to the security
The PA will undertake preemptive
operations against terrorists, terrorist safe houses, arms
depots, and mortar factories. The PA will provide regular
progress reports of these actions to the security committee.
Israeli authorities will take
action against Israeli citizens inciting, carrying out, or
planning to carry out violence against Palestinians, with
progress reports on these activities provided to the security
4. The PA and GOI will move
aggressively to prevent individuals and groups from using areas
under their respective control to carry out acts of violence. In
addition, both sides will take steps to ensure that areas under
their control will not be used to launch attacks against the other
side nor be used as refuge after attacks are staged.
The security committee will
identify key flash points, and each side will inform the other
of the names of senior security personnel responsible for each
Joint Standard Operating
Procedures (SOP's) will be developed for each flash point. These
SOP's will address how the two sides handle and respond to
security incidents; the mechanisms for emergency contact; and
the procedures to deescalate security crises.
Palestinian and Israeli security
officials will identify and agree to the practical measures
needed to enforce "no demonstration zones" and
"buffer zones" around flash points to reduce
opportunities for confrontation. Both sides will adopt all
necessary measures to prevent riots and to control
demonstration, particularly in flash-point areas.
Palestinian and Israeli security
officials will make a concerted effort to locate and confiscate
illegal weapons, including mortars, rockets, and explosives, in
areas under their respective control In addition, intensive
efforts will be made to prevent smuggling and illegal production
of weapons. Each side will inform the security committee of the
status and success of these efforts.
The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF)
will adopt additional non-lethal measures to deal with
Palestinian crowds and demonstrators, and more generally, seek
to minimize the danger to lives and property of Palestinian
civilians in responding to violence.
5. The GOI and the PA, through
the auspices of the senior-level security committee, will forge -
within one week of the commencement of security committee meetings
and resumption of security cooperation - an agreed-upon schedule
to implement the complete redeployment of IDF forces to positions
held before September 28, 2000.
redeployment will be initiated within the first 48 hours of this
one-week period and will continue while the schedule is being
6. Within one week of the
commencement of security committee meetings and resumption of
security cooperation, a specific timeline will be developed for
the lifting of internal closures as well as for the reopening of
internal roads, the Allenby Bridge, Gaza Airport, the Port of
Gaza, and border crossings. Security checkpoints will be minimized
according to legitimate security requirements and following
consultation between the two sides.
actions on the lifting of the closures will be initiated within
the first 48 hours of this one-week period and will continue
while the timeline is being developed.
The parties pledge that even if
untoward events occur, security cooperation will continue through
the joint security committee.