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Israeli National Unity Government's Peace Plan (1989)

A peace plan proposed on 14 May 1989 by Israel's national unity government, a grand coalition formed in 1988 that included the two major Israeli parties, Likud and Labor. Vowing to continue negotiations based on the Camp David Accords, but refusing to negotiate with the PLO, the Israeli government called for a comprehensive settlement to the Arab-Israeli conflict, to be achieved in two stages. In the first stage, following elections in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, the Palestinians would be accorded self-government on the basis of an interim agreement, with Israelis retaining control of security and foreign affairs, as well as matters concerning Israeli citizens. This transitional period will last for five years. In the second stage, Israel would negotiate a permanent settlement with the elected Palestinian representatives, as well as Egypt and Jordan. The initiative rejected the possibility of an independent Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. It was followed by Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's Ten-Point Plan and US Secretary of State James Baker's Five-Point Plan, both mainly concerning Palestinian elections.