Friday, January 4, 2008


PA Rejects Israeli Demands for a Demilitarized Palestine - Khaled Abu Toameh
PA officials in Ramallah said Thursday they were very concerned that Israel was planning to demand that the IDF be able to operate inside a future Palestinian state to foil terrorist attacks or a military offensive from the east. "The Palestinian Authority rejects talk about a demilitarized Palestinian state," a senior PA official said. "A Palestinian state that does not have a strong security force won't be able to survive for one day." Another official in Ramallah said Israel's talk about a demilitarized Palestinian state and retaining control of Ma'ale Adumim and other settlement blocs in the West Bank "proves that Israel is not working toward achieving a two-state solution." (Jerusalem Post)

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