Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will announce in the coming days the final details of a sweeping package of measures aimed at securing a deal that would allow Israel to maintain the state of Israel, but would also include measures aimed against Hamas, the Palestinian militant group that runs Gaza.
Netanyahu is set to make the announcement in a speech on Tuesday in which he will outline his ambitious plans for a two-state solution, including the creation of a Palestinian state alongside the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
He will also unveil a new set of sanctions against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) group and Hamas, which has waged a bloody insurgency in Gaza for more than two decades.
He has also vowed to put an end to “the occupation,” a term used to describe the occupation of the West bank and Gaza, which he has previously used to refer to his own government’s control of the occupied territories.
Netanyahus new package will also include a “national plan to achieve peace” and a “state of emergency” to allow Israel the time to bring peace to the region, which the prime minister has promised to “defend and maintain”.
Israel has so far only imposed restrictions on the movement of goods and people through the Westbank and Gaza.
The new package, to be unveiled on Tuesday, is expected to include measures against terror and its affiliates, the announcement of the closure of the border crossings with the Gaza Strip and the return of all Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails to their families.
It will also set up a task force to monitor the security situation in the WestBank and Gaza to ensure the safety of Israeli civilians and their property, as well as the reopening of the crossings with Egypt.
But the package will not include a resolution to the decades-long dispute between Israel and the Palestinians, which have been at the centre of the current Palestinian uprising against the Jewish state.
The Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) says the package should be rejected by Israel, while Hamas has called it an “illegal and illegitimate” plan.
Netayim will also announce the details of his government’s plan to increase security for Jews living in the occupied West Bank, as the PA has announced it will not accept any measures that would “contribute to the creation and expansion of a Jewish state in the Gaza strip.”
It is expected that the measures will include the establishment of a “Jerusalem city” and the establishment and strengthening of the security presence of Jewish settlements in the Palestinian territories.
Hamas has called for the creation in the area of an Israeli “ethno-nationalist” entity, which it has vowed to destroy.
The package is expected also to include the creation by the Palestinian Authority of the Palestinian refugee camps in the Occupied West Bank as well of a permanent international status for the West Banks.
The PA and Hamas have long argued that the camps, established in the 1970s to accommodate Palestinian refugees, should be handed over to the Palestinians.
Hammam al-Banna, an official from the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey, told Al Jazeera the new package was “unlikely to meet the expectations of the PA and the international community, which is very interested in achieving peace in the region”.
He said that the plan to establish a Palestinian “ethnos-national-state” in the Golan Heights was “not acceptable” to the international arena.
Al Jazeera’s Ahmed Abu Khdeir, reporting from Jerusalem, said that while the PA was unlikely to accept a Palestinian Palestinian state in this region, it will continue to pursue the issue of “settlement blocs” and “settlements of illegal origin”.
“There is an international outcry against these plans and a UN resolution calling for them to be immediately shelved,” he said.
Israel’s peace deal with the Palestinians in 2014 envisaged that the West-backed Palestinian Authority would govern the West Block, including East Jerusalem, as part of a comprehensive peace deal.
The West Bank currently houses about 500,000 Palestinians, of whom about 60,000 live in East Jerusalem.
The international community regards the West Wall and other features of the Jewish settlements as illegal and illegal under international law.
The Palestinians have also argued that Israel has violated international law by building illegal settlements in parts of the Old City of Jerusalem and the Gaza City, a claim that Israel denies.