News / Middle East

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
Reuters
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.

You May Like

Video Is West Doing Enough to Tackle Islamic State?

There is growing uncertainty over whether West’s response to ISIS is adequate More

China Crackdown on Dual Citizens Causes Concern

New policy encourages reporting people who obtain citizenship in another country, but retain Chinese citizenship; move spurs sharp debate More

Video Coalition to Fight Islamic State Could Reward Assad

Losing ground to Islamic State fighters, Syria's government says it is ready to cooperate with international community More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
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!

In Response

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...

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Is West Doing Enough to Tackle Islamic State?i
X
Henry Ridgwell
August 29, 2014 12:26 AM
U.S. President Barack Obama has ruled out sending ground troops to Iraq to fight militants of the so-called Islamic State, or ISIS, despite officials in Washington describing the extremist group as the biggest threat the United States has faced in years. Henry Ridgwell reports from London on the growing uncertainty over whether the West’s response to ISIS will be enough to defeat the terrorist threat.
Video

Video Is West Doing Enough to Tackle Islamic State?

U.S. President Barack Obama has ruled out sending ground troops to Iraq to fight militants of the so-called Islamic State, or ISIS, despite officials in Washington describing the extremist group as the biggest threat the United States has faced in years. Henry Ridgwell reports from London on the growing uncertainty over whether the West’s response to ISIS will be enough to defeat the terrorist threat.
Video

Video Pachyderms Play Polo to Raise Money for Elephants

Polo, the ancient team competition typically played on horseback, is known as the “sport of kings.” However, the royal version for one annual event in Thailand swaps the horse for the kingdom’s national symbol - the elephant. VOA Correspondent Steve Herman in Samut Prakan reports that the King’s Cup Elephant Polo tournament is all for a good cause.
Video

Video Coalition to Fight Islamic State Could Reward Assad

The United States along with European and Mideast allies are considering a broader assault against Islamic State fighters who have spread from Syria into Iraq and risk further destabilizing an already troubled region. But as VOA State Department Correspondent Scott Stearns reports, confronting those militants could end up helping the embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Video

Video Made in America Socks Get Toehold in Online Fashion Market

Three young entrepreneurs are hoping to revolutionize the high-end sock industry by introducing all-American creations of their own. And they’re doing most of it the old-fashioned way. VOA’s Julie Taboh recently caught up with them to learn what goes into making their one-of-a-kind socks.
Video

Video Americans, Ex-Pats Send Relief Supplies to West Africa

Health organizations from around the world are sending supplies and specialists to the West African countries that are dealing with the worst Ebola outbreak in history. On a smaller scale, ordinary Americans and African expatriates living in the United States are doing the same. VOA's Carol Pearson reports.
Video

Video America's Most Popular Artworks Displayed in Public Places

Public places in cities across America were turned into open-air art galleries in August. Pictures of the nation’s most popular artworks were displayed on billboards, bus shelters, subway platforms and more. The idea behind “Art Everywhere,” a collaborative campaign by five major museums is to allow more people to enjoy art and learn about the country’s culture and history. Faiza Elmasry has more.
Video

Video Chinese Doctors Use 3-D Spinal Implant

A Chinese boy suffering from a debilitating bone disease has become the first patient with a part of his spine created in a three-dimensional printer. Doctors say he will soon regain normal mobility. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Uneasy Calm Settles Over Israel, Gaza Strip

Israel and the Gaza Strip have been calm since a cease-fire set in Tuesday evening, ending seven weeks of hostilities. Hamas, which controls Gaza, declared victory. Israelis were more wart. VOA’s Scott Bobb reports from Jerusalem.
Video

Video India’s Leprosy Battle Stymied by Continuing Stigma

Medical advancements in the treatment of leprosy have greatly diminished its impact around the world, largely eliminating the disease from most countries. India made great strides in combating leprosy, but still accounts for a majority of the world’s new cases each year, and the number of newly infected Indians is rising - more than 130,000 recorded last year. Doctors there say the problem has more to do with society than science. Shaikh Azizur Rahman reports from Kolkata.
Video

Video Scientists Unlock Mystery of Bird Flocks

How can flocks of birds, schools of fish or herds of antelope suddenly change direction -- all the individuals adjusting their movement in concert, at seemingly the same time? British researchers now have some insights into this behavior, which has puzzled scientists for a long time. VOA's George Putic has more.

AppleAndroid