Arab League: Not even 1 Israeli force allowed in Palestine

Arab League: Not even 1 Israeli force allowed in Palestine
Sat Dec 21, 2013 21:19:01

The Arab League has strongly rejected US proposals to have Israeli forces stationed on the eastern border of Palestinian state.

At an emergency meeting called at the request of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday, Arab League Secretary General Nabil Elaraby said there could not be even one Israeli force in the territory of Palestine.

A report circulated to the Arab delegates ahead of the gathering said the US security proposals "achieved Israeli security expansionist demands, and guaranteed (Israel's) continued control of (the Jordan Valley) on the security pretext".

Palestinian sources have detailed a US plan to allow a continued Israeli military presence for the next 10 years in the Jordan Valley.

Abbas has rejected the idea of Israeli forces being stationed along the Jordan Valley, but says he could accept the deployment of US troops there.

The Arab League report said the United States and Israeli regime were linking talks on political issues to the Palestinians' consent to "the American security solution". "This is what the Palestinian side rejects," it said.

Israeli occupation regime and the Palestinians resumed direct negotiations in July after a three-year break, but there has been little public sign of progress.


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