Likud Party platform: Security is the basis for durable peace

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Peace will be a central aim of Israel's policy. The government of Israel will conduct direct negotiations with Arab states to reach peace agreements.

Security is the basis for durable peace in our region. Israel will make security a first condition in any peace agreement.


The government of Israel will honor international agreements and will continue the diplomatic process to achieve a just and lasting peace in the Middle East. It will recognize the facts created on the ground by the various accords and will act to reduce the dangers to the future and security of Israel resulting from these agreements.

The government of Israel will carry out negotiations with the Palestinian Authority to achieve a permanent peace arrangement, on condition that the Palestinians fully honor all their obligations. Most important among these are that the Palestinians annul in an unequivocal manner the clauses in the Palestinian charter that call for the destruction of Israel, and that they prevent terror and incitement against Israel.

The government of Israel will enable the Palestinians to manage their lives freely, within the framework of self-government. However, foreign affairs and defense, and matters that require coordination, will remain the responsibility of the State of Israel. The government will oppose the establishment of an independent Palestinian state.

Sources of employment for the Palestinians will be developed in the autonomous areas to reduce the number of Palestinian workers in the Israeli market. The government will encourage an economic policy that will reduce the dependence of the market on foreign workers.

The Israel Defense Force and other Israeli security forces will enjoy complete freedom of action, as needed, in all places in their struggle against terror.

Security areas vital for the defense of Israel and Jewish settlements will remain under full Israeli sovereignty.

Israel will keep its vital water resources in Judea and Samaria. There shall be no infringement upon Israel's use of its water resources. United and undivided Jerusalem is the capital of the State of Israel. Activities which undermine the status of Jerusalem will be banned, and therefore, Palestine Liberation Organization and Palestinian Authority institutions in the city, including the Orient House, will be closed.

The Jordan River shall be the eastern border of the state of Israel, south of Lake Kinneret. This will be the permanent border between the state of Israel and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. The Kingdom of Jordan may become a partner in the final arrangement between Israel and the Palestinians, in areas agreed upon in the negotiations.

The 10th Knesset passed a resolution proposed by the Likud government to apply Israeli law, jurisdiction and administration on the Golan Heights, thus setting Israeli sovereignty over the area.