"The Balfour Declaration for the Palestinian People"
need not be made between friends, but between
who have struggled and suffered. Our sense of Jewish history and the
moral imperatives of this moment require us to insist that
the time is urgent for mutual recognition between Israel and the
must be a stop to the sterile debate whereby the Arab world challenges
the existence of Israel and Jews challenge the political legitimacy
of the Palestinian fight for independence.
issue is not whether the Palestinians are entitled to their rights,
but how to bring this about while ensuring Israel's
security and regional stability.
no longer sufficient, for they too
often are used to confuse rather than to clarify. Needed now is the
determination to reach a political accommodation between Israeli and
in Lebanon must stop. Israel must lift its siege of Beirut in order
to facilitate negotiations with the PLO, leading to a political
settlement. Mutual recognition must be vigorously pursued.
And there should be negotiations with the aim of achieving
co-existence between the Israeli and Palestinian
peoples based on self-determination.
FRONT PAGE on 4 July 1982 with Arafat's Reply
(Paris) front-page reporting of the story