The Mayor of Gaza, Rashad A'Shawa, on Monday (19 March) rejected the peace proposals worked out between President Carter, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin.
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A'SHAWA; "I don't see there is any difference between the situation existing now, and the situation to exist under the name of autonomy. We should have the right to self-determination, and be able to establish our own sovereign state for ourselves. We hear about autonomy, that is being discussed now, it doesn't carry any of this meaning, therefore we reject it."
REPORTER: "What exactly do you reject about the present autonomy proposals?"
A'SHAWA: "I reject all statements made by the Israeli government, by Mr. Begin, in which he says that occupation will remain here forever. I reject his insistence on all state land to be in Israeli hands while we have no autonomy. I reject the idea of the Israeli government controlling the subterranean water supply. I reject having Jerusalem as the eternal capital of Israel -- we believe that Jerusalem is our town."
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Background: The Mayor of Gaza, Rashad A'Shawa, on Monday (19 March) rejected the peace proposals worked out between President Carter, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin. The proposals, which broke the six-months stalemate in the Middle East peace negotiations, have enraged Palestinians in the Israeli-occupied territories -- including the Gaza Strip, which the Israelis have occupied since the 1967 war.
SYNOPSIS: For Gaza, the terms of the treaty state that negotiations on Palestinian self-rule will begin one month after the treaty is ratified. The negotiations are to be completed within twelve months. Elections of Palestinian local councils -- the first step towards self-government -- are to be held promptly, but no date is specified. One month after self-rule is working, Israeli military forces, will withdraw behind Israel's 1949 borders. There will then begin a five-year transition period, during which the final status of Gaza will be negotiated.
Israel claims that under its occupation, living standards have improved. The military governor of Gaza, Mr. Yosef Castel, spoke of a family who recently moved to a modern part of Gaza, where, he says, they lead a better life. But the Mayor of Gaza, Rashad A'Shawa, disputes that autonomy will make a difference to the lives of Palestinians: