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December 10, 2013 3:52 pm

Abbas Rejects U.S. Plan for Israeli Presence in Jordan Valley

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets with PA President Abbas in May 2013. Photo: State Department.

JNS.org Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has rejected U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s plan for a 10-year Israeli military presence in the Jordan Valley. Palestinian officials accuse the U.S. of adopting “Israel’s point of view” through the plan.

Kerry’s proposal, which was presented to Abbas last week, called for the Israeli military to be stationed on border crossings and mountaintops for up to 10 years. During this period of time, the Israeli military would train Palestinian security forces to eventually replace them.

“Americans are talking about the security arrangements to adopt the entire Israeli point of view, whether regarding the Jordan Valley, the border crossings, or the [West Bank’s] airspace,” an anonymous Palestinian official told the official Palestinian daily Al-Ayyam.

“The Palestinian position is to not [allow] any Israeli soldier in the Palestinian state,” the Palestinian official added.

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