Giora Eiland, head of the Israel National Security Council, appeared at the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee on Monday and was reported to have stated that Israel will hand over assets of the Israeli communities in Gaza to an international institution.
However, Israel Resource News Agency obtained a Israel government funded policy paper of that “international institution”, known as the World Bank, where that institution openly states that it intends to transfer assets of Gush Katif to the Palestinian Authority, without any requirement that the PA not engage in terrorism.
This is what the government of Israel decided on June 6, 2004, in clause 7 of the Sharon plan::
“The State of Israel will aspire to transfer other facilities, including industrial, commercial and agricultural ones, to a third, international party which will put them to use for the benefit of the Palestinian population that is not involved in terror”
However, in the monograph that was prepared for the World Bank at the request of the government of Israel, in coordination with the PA, entitled “Disengagement, “Palestinian Economy and the Settlements and issued by The World Bank”, and issued on June 23, 2004, and signed by James Wolfenson, the President of the World Bank, the World Bank eliminates the phrase “not involved in terror” and explains “the State of Israel will aspire to transfer other structures, such as industrial and agricultural facilities, to an international third party that will use them for the benefit of the Palestinian population.”
In other words, with the commission of the Israeli government and in violation of a specific Israeli cabinet, the World Bank states that it intends to hand over assets to the PA without the anti-terror clause.
Clause One of the Sharon Plan defines the PA as a hostile entity, yet Sharon intends to hand over assets to that same hostile entity.
Itamar Yaar, a senior official of the Israel National Security Council, said to me in a telephone interview that this report of the World Bank is not the final version of their report.