The 'other Israeli plan' emerged later as the old 'Jordan is Palestine' plan, which in fact has always been the vision of Ariel Sharon masked by his acquiescence to talk about a Palestinian State while always working overtime to make it impossible.
Sharon slams Elon's U.S. promotion of "road map" alternative
By Ellis Shuman May 5, 2003
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon sharply criticized Tourism Minister Benny Elon (National Union) for using an official trip to the United States to enlist support for a new peace plan being offered as an alternative to the U.S.-backed "road map" to Middle East peace. Elon, who was not at Sunday's government meeting, said he had not received any messages from Sharon.
Elon, who flew to the United States on official business to promote tourism to Israel, planned to also meet with Congressmen and other government officials and warn them of the dangers of the "road map" to Israel and convince them of the viability of his own plan.
Without mentioning Elon's name, Sharon said it was not acceptable for ministers traveling abroad on ministerial business to take that opportunity to speak out publicly on diplomatic issues.
Sharon said the actions of "a certain minister" would embarrass not only the State of Israel, but also the White House. "This causes severe damage to the state," Sharon said, "especially when we are talking about a minister who is supposed to be representing the positions of the government."
Sharon promised the "road map" would be brought to the cabinet for discussion and approval "when things become clearer," an apparent reference to Israel's request for a number of changes in the peace plan.
"I made clear to that minister the seriousness of his actions, and that this was not a correct thing to do," Sharon said, according to a Yediot Aharonot report.
But Elon's spokesman, Sagiv Rotenberg, denied that Sharon had passed a message on to Elon instructing him to refrain from talking about the "road map."
Rotenberg said, however, "that if Elon is asked, and he will be about the road map, he will not hide his opinion." In that case, Elon would tell people that he opposes the "road map" and that he has an alternative plan, Rotenberg said.
According to Arutz 7, Elon says the "road map" is merely a "rehashing of the decades-old goal of trying to seat two peoples on the western side of the Jordan River" - an objective he calls "unworkable" and "dangerous." Giving the Arabs of Judea and Samaria a quasi-state will not solve the fundamental problems of borders and refugees, Elon says, but will instead guarantee the next round of terrorism and warfare, Arutz 7 reported.
Elon: dismantle PA, Jordan as Palestinian state
Elon's plan, which will soon be released officially to the media, consists of a multi-step process that includes, as first steps, dismantling the PA and terminating terror, Rotenberg said.
The Elon plan, according to Arutz 7, includes the following stages:
The Palestinian Authority will be dissolved;
Israel will put a firm end to Palestinian terrorism by expelling terrorists, collecting weapons, and dismantling terror-hotbed refugee camps;
The international community will recognize the Hashemite Kingdom as the sole representative of the Palestinians, and will help it economically as it absorbs a limited number of refugees;
Israel will become sovereign over Judea, Samaria and Gaza, and the Arabs living there will be Jordanian citizens living under a form of autonomy to-be-determined;
The exchange of Jewish and Arab populations begun in 1948 will be completed, and the international community will help rehabilitate the refugees in their new countries;
Israel and Jordan-Palestine will declare the conflict ended and will work together as neighbors.
"We expect the plan to receive a wide and fair hearing in the Congress and among wide sectors of the Jewish and Christian population in the United States," a top Elon aide told Arutz 7.