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Abbas rejects US plan for permanent Israel troop presence
Published Friday 13/12/2013 (updated) 14/12/2013 19:57
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A general view of houses demolished by Israel in the Jordan Valley.
RAMALLAH (AFP) -- President Mahmoud Abbas has rejected US proposals for Israel to keep troops in a future Palestinian state along its border with Jordan, a Palestinian source said on Friday.

Following a meeting on Thursday evening with US Secretary of State John Kerry in the West Bank city of Ramallah, "President Abbas has rejected the ideas presented by the secretary of state", the source said.

Abbas also gave Kerry a letter on "Palestinian red lines," the source added, singling out "the refusal to recognize Israel as a Jewish state."

Abbas "rejected the ideas on security because there is not a third party."

This refers to a plan by former US national security adviser James Jones under which a third party would deploy along the Palestinian-Jordanian border.

The Palestinian source said that "all disputed issues must be settled."

Israeli and Arab media reports say the plan envisaged by Washington would see Israel maintain a military presence on the border after a peace agreement with the Palestinians.

An international force would be acceptable to the Palestinians, but Israel opposes such a solution.

Abbas' comments were made public as Kerry met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem in his latest attempt at promoting an elusive Israeli-Palestinian peace deal.

In early December, Israel's deputy defense minister ruled out any compromise on security in the Jordan Valley.

"From the Israeli point of view, there will not be any Palestinian presence at the crossing points," said Danny Danon, who is a radical member of Netanyahu's rightwing Likud party.

"An Israeli civilian and military presence in the Jordan Valley is essential."

Over 94 percent of the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea area is prohibited for Palestinian use, with the land either declared a closed military zone or reserved for illegal Israeli settlements.

The Jordan Valley forms over 30 percent of the occupied West Bank.

Ma'an staff contributed to this report
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1 ) Blame / Abbas
13/12/2013 15:16
Abbas, like Hamas, "rejects a permanent Israel", and thus justifiably
Israel will permanently prevent the creation of a real Palestinian state.


2 ) Dimi / Germany
13/12/2013 18:34
What about a military presence of forces of Israel and Jordan at the Palestinian side of West Bank.

3 ) Mark of Lewiston / USA
13/12/2013 19:31
The US would never accept Canadian troops controlling our Mexican border.

4 ) Abbas / Ramleh
13/12/2013 19:49
We as ? preople reject Israel period.

5 ) Oliveland / Palestine
13/12/2013 23:43
" An Israeli civilian and military presence is essential.." . We know the security ploy is crap , but why is it essential to have Israeli civilian precence ? Basically they want the army to protect the civilians who will do all the thieving !

6 ) ian / australia
14/12/2013 01:38
The bottom line is that the IDEA that Israel NEEDS troops patrolling the Jordan River (in sovereign Palestine) to ensure its "security" is absurd. It's a propagandistic, fantasy invention cooked up in think tanks and foisted on the world (see hysterical objection to the teensiest rapprochement with Iran). Kerry, for some unknown reason, has bought into the lie and has come up with proposals to placate Israeli "concerns". The Palestinians are calling it out as the nonsense it is BUT are willing

7 ) ian / australia
14/12/2013 01:40
(contd.) to accept some benign, neutral police presence patrolling the JV for "early warning" of the advancing Arab hordes! This infinitely flexible accommodation of something they think is crap is, of course, unacceptable to Israel, which wants TOTAL control...of the border of another country! This is the texture of the "talks": Israeli BS. US acquiescence and Palestinian compromise, flexibility and pragmatism.

8 ) ian / australia
14/12/2013 02:04
#1 'Abbas, like Hamas, "rejects a permanent Israel"...' I know bots don't think, just simulate thought... but neither Abbas or Hamas "reject a permanent Israel". An Israeli state, doing whatever it likes (like throwing out Ethiopian blood) and calling itself whatever it wants ("The Jewish State"), with ALL its population, soldiers and settlers, safe and secure BEHIND the Green Line (with "not an inch of land swaps") is ALL they want.

9 ) Colin Wright / USA
14/12/2013 02:10
To Blame #1: 'Abbas, like Hamas, "rejects a permanent Israel", and thus justifiably Israel will permanently prevent the creation of a real Palestinian state.' Israel's position decays to the point where its advocates can't even construct plausible lies in its defense. Not what Abbas said at all, of course.

10 ) Colin Wright / USA
14/12/2013 02:11
To Dimi #2: 'What about a military presence of forces of Israel and Jordan' It has to be a force that would permit the continued seizure of Palestinian land, the expulsion of Palestinians, and the building of Jewish settlements. That's what this is about.

11 ) Bob / Canada
14/12/2013 09:11
The USA is not threatened by war from Canada. Plus the USA does not impose an existential threat to Canada.

12 ) southparkbear / usa
14/12/2013 16:24
once he rejected that means the case is closed. the jordan river valley is to be under israeli control for eternity as it should be according to history and the bible

13 ) southparkbear / usa
14/12/2013 23:47
and of course jordan would never agree to the PA on the banks of the river

14 ) irishedd / UK
15/12/2013 01:48
so southparkbear a old book of fiction written by jewish people and claiming someone elses lands gives you the rights to it forever My dad has written a letter giving me the USA so can you please leave my property NOW

15 ) jorge / argentina
15/12/2013 02:37
it is clear that abbas will reject all proposals. is anybody surprised that palestinians will do all efforts to spoil peace chances?

16 ) ian / australia
15/12/2013 02:48
#11 "The USA is not threatened by war from Canada..." Huh? I'm confused. Israel wants "security" from the raging Arab hordes, chiefly Iran, by using Palestine as a kind of "buffer" state with troops along its eastern border with Jordan. The reductio ad absurdum analogy in #3 was Canada, perceiving an existential threat from Mexico (!) insisting on Mounties patrolling the border in Texas for "early warning" of the Mexican invasion...of Canada (!!) The US would reject the idea as absurd,

17 ) ian / australia
15/12/2013 02:50
(contd.) just as Abbas has rejected as absurd the idea of forfeiting a great swathe of Palestine for the fantasy of Israeli "security"...so the Jewish State can be doubly prepared for the Great Arab Invasion.

18 ) Colin Wright / USA
15/12/2013 05:19
To Bob #11: 'The USA is not threatened by war from Canada. Plus the USA does not impose an existential threat to Canada.' You're from Canada. That is what you would say. However, you're right: Israel has repeatedly attacked both the Palestinians and all of its other neighbors. What safeguards have been proposed to prevent such aggression in the future? I ASSUME someone will control Israel's ports and airfields. Hamas?

19 ) Colin Wright / USA
15/12/2013 05:20
To southparkbear #12: 'the jordan river valley is to be under israeli control for eternity as it should be according to history and the bible' That's why King Arthur still rules England. History and the Bible.

20 ) Tibi / Tubas
15/12/2013 06:03
What the USA or the Arab League proposes is irrelevant, since - The PLO will reject Israel's demand for a military presence, etc., and - Israel will reject the PLO's demand for borders, refugees, etc., and THE 65-YEAR-OLD DISPUTE WILL GO ON FOREVER & EVER, without "all (most, & possibly any) disputed issues ever being settled."
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