Historic Issues

This concept refers to one of the four clusters of issues that will determine the relations between Israel and the Palestinian state.


Before Permanent Status, the concept of "Historical Issues" pertains to the cluster of issues that are outstanding between Israel and the Palestinians that are the outcome of the historic conflict between the two peoples and should be addressed in the Permanent Status Agreement.

For example, Historic Issues include:

  1. Borders and Territory - the demarcation of the permanent borders and the division of the sovereign space between Israel and the future Palestinian State including in the Jerusalem region and holy sites such as the Tomb of the Patriarchs, Rachel's Tomb and Joseph's Tomb.
  2. Settlements - resolving the issue of Israeli Settlements within the West Bank and Gaza.
  3. Holy Sites - access to and worship in the sites.
  4. Refugees - ending the Palestinian refugee issues on all of its components - declarative, legal, civil and socio-economic.
  5. Additional claims - Palestinian claims against Israel due to occupation and Israeli claims against the Palestinian side due to terrorism.