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Netanyahu Seeks Military Force on Any Palestinian State's Eastern Border

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  1. Smiles

    Smiles JF-Expert Member

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    Netanyahu Seeks Military Force on Any Palestinian State's Eastern Border

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said a peace agreement with the Palestinians must allow for a “long-term Israeli presence on the eastern side” of an independent state, along its border with Jordan.

    “I don’t believe that under these circumstances international troops will do the job,” Netanyahu said in a conference call with American Jewish leaders, according to a transcript posted on his office’s Web site. “We live in a very tough neighborhood and the peace will be tested constantly.”

    Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas began the first direct peace talks in 20 months in Washington on Sept. 2. The negotiations are overshadowed by the Sept. 26 end of a 10-month Israeli moratorium on construction in the West Bank. Abbas has said he will abandon talks if building in West Bank settlements is resumed. Netanyahu has said there is no change in the Cabinet decision to lift the freeze.

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Mideast envoy George Mitchell, who participated in the second round of negotiations that took place in Jerusalem and Egypt last week, said the sides were making progress on a compromise but did not elaborate.

    Hanan Ashrawi, a former negotiator and member of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s executive committee, said Abbas would never agree to an Israeli military deployment along the proposed state’s borders.

    International Forces

    “President Abbas has expressed readiness to discuss with the international community a deployment of international forces on our borders for a certain period of time,” Ashrawi said in a phone interview. “We will never agree to even one single Israeli soldier on the borders of our future Palestinian state.”

    Netanyahu has stressed that an Israeli priority in the talks is security and yesterday noted that after World War II, U.S. troops remained stationed in Japan and Germany without being seen “as an affront to their respective sovereignties.”

    Defense Minister Ehud Barak, who is Washington this week, told Clinton that Israel expects “any agreement to safeguard its security interests.”

    “Israel expects the U.S. to help it maintain its qualitative advantage over its neighbors,” Barak said, according to an e-mailed statement from his office.

    Among other advanced weaponry sought by Israel, Barak intends to ask the U.S. for “bunker buster” bombs that can penetrate hardened underground targets, the YNet news site reported yesterday, without saying where it got the information.

    Gaza Operation

    The last round of direct Israeli-Palestinian negotiations were suspended when Israel launched a military operation in the Gaza Strip in December 2008 in what it said was an attempt to stop rocket attacks from the Hamas-controlled territory on its southern towns and cities.

    Since the end of operation in January 2009, 403 rockets and mortar shells have been launched from Gaza into Israel, an Israeli military official said, speaking anonymously according to regulation. In September, 28 projectiles were launched, the highest monthly number of attacks since March, when 29 shells and rockets were fired.

    Hamas, which is considered a terrorist organization by the U.S., the European Union and Israel, has resorted to violence in past attempts to derail peace negotiations with Israel. The Islamic militant group seized full control of Gaza in 2007, ending a partnership government with Abbas’s Fatah party that began after Hamas won a majority in parliamentary elections the previous year.

    Source: Google News
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    Out of topic lakini ningependa kujua

    Yule aliyewai kuwa kiongozi wa israel aliyekuwa anapumulia mashine alisharuhihusiwa kufa au bado yuko ICU
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    ivi baada ya palestina kua na nchi yao je amani duniani itarudi, nia ya islamic hardliner ya kuipoteza israel ktk ramani ya dunia itaondoka kama iran na israel, je nchi zote za kiarabu zitaishi side by side na israel kwa amani, je watakua na embassy na israel kama nchi nyingine, je ugaidi duniani utaisha? ngoja tusubiri tuone!
  5. RealDeal

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    Palestine is still under dispute.
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    RealDeal JF-Expert Member

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    Palestine is still under dispute.