Israel and Palestinians agree on steps for peace

The plan, announced by Secretary of State Rice, includes several Israeli concessions:

  • removing 50 travel barriers in and around Jenin, Tulkarem, Qalqiliya and Ramallah,
  • dismantling of one permanent roadblock,
  • deploying 700 Jordanian-trained Palestinian police in Jenin and allowing them to take delivery of armored vehicles,
  • raising the the number of Palestinian businessmen allowed into Israel to 1,500 from 1,000,
  • increasing the number of work permits for Palestinian laborers by 5,000 from its current number of 18,500,
  • building new housing for Palestinians in 25 villages,
  • connecting Palestinian villages to the Israeli power grid, and
  • Israeli support for large-scale economic development programs and encouragement of foreign investment.

In return, the Palestinians promised an immediate cessation of rocket attacks and suicide bombings.

Okay, I made that last one up.

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