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    Arab Report Slams US Security Ideas for Palestine

    (L-R) Chief Palestinian Negotiator Saeb Erekat, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Libyan FM Mohamed Abdelaziz, Arab League Secretary-General Nabil Elaraby, Arab League's Deputy Secretary-General Ahmed Bin Hilli chair the Arab League Foreign Ministers e
    (L-R) Chief Palestinian Negotiator Saeb Erekat, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Libyan FM Mohamed Abdelaziz, Arab League Secretary-General Nabil Elaraby, Arab League's Deputy Secretary-General Ahmed Bin Hilli chair the Arab League Foreign Ministers e
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    The Arab League on Saturday rejected U.S. proposals that would allow Israeli soldiers to be stationed on the eastern border of a future Palestinian state, underscoring the challenge facing a U.S. effort to wrap up a peace deal by April.
     
    At an emergency meeting called at the request of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday, Arab League Secretary General Nabil Elaraby said there could be not one Israeli soldier in the territory of a future Palestine.
     
    But a resolution he read at the end of the meeting did not repeat the harshly critical language of a report circulated to the Arab delegates ahead of the gathering.
     
    The report, seen by Reuters, said the U.S. security proposals “achieved Israeli security expansionist demands, and guaranteed (Israel's) continued control of (the Jordan Valley) on the security pretext”.
     
    It also described them as “an American retreat”.
     
    Palestinian sources have detailed a U.S. plan to allow a continued Israeli military presence for the next 10 years in the Jordan Valley. Israel says its troops have to remain there to prevent arms and militants entering the West Bank.
     
    Abbas has rejected the idea of Israeli troops being stationed along the Jordan Valley, but says he could accept the deployment of U.S. troops there.
     
    Secretary of State John Kerry, who has been shuttling between Israelis and Palestinians, has said the United States has presented “some thoughts” on security arrangements, but given no details.
     
    The Arab League report said the United States and Israel were linking talks on political issues to the Palestinians' consent to “the American security solution”. “This is what the Palestinian side rejects,” it said.
     
    Israel and the Palestinians resumed direct peace negotiations in July after a three-year break, but there has been little public sign of progress.

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    by: David from: Bangkok
    December 23, 2013 9:01 AM
    It's not America's responsibility to make a proposal between Israeli and Palestinian.

    by: Xaaji Dhagax from: Somalia
    December 21, 2013 5:35 PM
    I have an idea for Palestinians to negotiate: allow Israel troops to control Jordan Valley with number of unarmed or lightly armed Palestinians police officers for the coming 20 years, in exchange Israelis should dismantle all unnecessary settlements in the West Bank. The immediate benefits are the following: 1) Israelis will have peaceful sleep, because since it's creation Israelis become hysterically paranoiac about security, while Palestinians will have their long-awaited statehood and will enjoy good relationships with neighboring countries including the Jewish State. Bringing American troops into this makes no sense. Good Luck!
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    by: Anatoliy
    December 22, 2013 3:30 AM
    First - it's not "settlments" on "Moon" - it'd real cities and villages in real land of Israel. Second - we have a bunch of states who are Arabic and Islamic and just one small Jewish state , and I don't understand why most people so interesting breack down Israel where most people have a high standarts life and enjoy freedom for everyone - and create there next Somalia .... Why people from Somalia and other states want live in Jewish Israel instead live in own country and want change Israel borders? Xaaji Dhagax, I think in your coountry you have own people who want to be "independent", so what ? Jordan has more "palestinian" people than Israel, tha land Israel - Greeks name Palestine was divided before...

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