PM Haniyeh Speech to Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC)

The following is the unofficial translation of the full speech delivered by Palestinian PM elect Haniyeh before the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) on Saturday, March 17, 2007 to get the confidence vote on his government, the national unity government. Haniyeh specifically mentions politics, the legal system, economics, Jerusalem, the occupation, security issues, reforms, values and international relations.


Camp David Accords (1978)

September 17, 1978

The Framework for Peace in the Middle East

Muhammad Anwar al-Sadat, President of the Arab Republic of Egypt, and Menachem Begin, Prime Minister of Israel, met with Jimmy Carter, President of the United States of America, at Camp David from September 5 to September 17, 1978, and have agreed on the following framework for peace in the Middle East.


Beilin - Abu Mazen Agreement (1995)

This agreement was negotiated in secret in Oslo by a team of Palestinian and Israeli negotiators, under the supervision of Yossi Beilin for Israel, and of Abu Mazen (Mahmoud Abbas) for the Palestinian side. It is a draft agreement that was never officially signed by either side, and has been repudiated and even denied by Abbas. The agreement was finalized in October 1995, and Yossi Beilin returned to get the approval of Prime Minister Rabin. However, by the time Beilin had returned to Israel, Yitshak Rabin had been assassinated by Yigal Amir. Shimon Peres was unwilling to go forward with the agreement, and likewise, apparently, Abu-Mazen was not able to find support for it on the Palestinian side. However, many of the ideas contained in this agreement were carried forward to other negotiations, and are reflected in draft agreements regarding refugee status and Jerusalem, as well as status of the settlements and the principle of territorial exchange.

The Balfour Declaration

Foreign Office

November 2nd, 1917

Dear Lord Rothschild,

I have much pleasure in conveying to you, on behalf of His Majesty's Government, the following declaration of sympathy with Jewish Zionist aspirations which has been submitted to, and approved by, the Cabinet.

"His Majesty's Government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country."

I should be grateful if you would bring this declaration to the knowledge of the Zionist Federation.

Yours sincerely,

Arthur James Balfour