Arab League report slams US security ideas for Palestine

December 22, 2013 - 4:57:03 am

Israel's controversial barrier runs along the Shuafat refugee camp in the West Bank near Jerusalem November 23, 2013. 

CAIRO: The Arab League yesterday rejected US proposals that would allow Israeli soldiers to be stationed on the eastern border of a future Palestinian state, underscoring the challenge facing a US effort to wrap up a peace deal by April.

At an emergency meeting called at the request of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Arab League Secretary-General Nabil Al Arabi said there could be not one Israeli soldier in the territory of a future Palestine. 

The report said the US 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”.


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