A verbal cease-fire agreement reached between Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas Feb. 8, 2005, raised the hope that conditions would soon allow for the implementation of a "road map" for peace. The internationally crafted road map was unveiled in June 2003, with the condition that both the Israelis and Palestinians first pledge support for two states living in peace and security and call for an end to violence against each other. Read highlights from each phase below, and click here to read the complete document.

The Palestinian Authority security apparatus must be consolidated, revamped and free of ties to terror groups. Efforts must be made to arrest and detain those planning attacks and a program must be implemented to confiscate illegal weapons. Israel must not deport or attack Palestinians, destroy or confiscate their property, or otherwise foster mistrust.

Work begins on a constitution for Palestinian statehood. Palestinians reform civil institutions and hold elections based on a free, multi-party process.

Arab states sever ties to terrorist groups. Financial support for the Palestinians should be channeled through the Palestinian Ministry of Finance's Single Treasury Account.

As security improves, Israel withdraws from territory seized since Sept. 28, 2000, eschews provocative acts and dismantles settlements built since March 2001 and freezes new settlement construction.