Abbas rejects US security plan for future Palestinian state

kerry abbasPalestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has rejected US proposals for Israel to keep troops in a future Palestinian state along its strategic border with Jordan, a Palestinian source has said.

The day after Thursday’s meeting 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 told AFP news agency.

But Kerry said later on Friday that a final Middle East peace deal was still scheduled to be reached by the end of April, and that Israelis and Palestinians were committed to negotiations.

“Both parties remain committed to fulfilling their obligations to stay at the table and negotiate hard during the nine-month period that we set for that,” Kerry told reporters after his meeting on Friday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Kerry also said that Israel would release more Palestinian prisoners on December 29 as scheduled. Israel has freed about half the 104 Palestinian prisoners it had pledged to release from its jails under the deal secured by Kerry in July to revive negotiations.

“We’re not talking at this point about any shifts [in the schedule],” Kerry said.

‘Palestinian red lines’

Abbas also gave Kerry a letter on “Palestinian red lines”, the Palestinian source added, singling out “the refusal to recognise 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 “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’s comments were made public as Kerry met Netanyahu in Jerusalem on Friday in his latest attempt at promoting an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal.

Little progress

On his ninth trip of the year to the region, Kerry continued his furious pace of shuttle diplomacy amid a snowstorm that covered Jerusalem.

“I have heard of making guests welcome and feeling at home. This is about as far as I’ve ever seen anything go … giving me a New England snowstorm,” said the former Massachusetts senator as he viewed a snow-covered Old City of Jerusalem with Netanyahu.

US officials, who spoke to reporters aboard Kerry’s plane on condition of anonymity, stressed that an agreement on all issues, including security, borders of a future Palestinian state, the status of Jerusalem and the fate of Palestinian refugees by May remains the goal.

Kerry’s latest visit comes amid few, if any, tangible signs of progress.

  • cook

    Every night before going to bed, I pray that the palestinians stop being so violent and be peaceful with their neighbors. Too much to ask for I guess

    • hezzies are terrorists

      And every night i pray that the zionists are treated exactly the same way the palestinians are treated by the zionists. 🙂

      • doron

        i think palestinians are hostages of leaders.really.
        true. the suffering is inflicted most by israel but who manipulates the events to be like that?
        for israelis, the goal is always the same: safty of the jewish state.end of disscusion. peace has it’s chance but if it fails,there are no reservation on using force…same like the entire frikin region
        anyone who wants to halt or stall a peace or a deal knows very well how to do that- a road side bomb,mortar round and israelis bring talks to a grinding stop.
        i know that, you know that everybody know that
        it seemed simple solution in the 90’s for israel and palestinians alike, land for peace.
        then the al-aqsa intifada started.
        an israeli politician (i believe sharon) went to al-aqsa (also known as temple mount,a holy sites for jews too, you know) Arafat chose this as a trigger to plunge into an armed “resistance” that killed thousands, and shattered peace process at the time.

        mortar and rockets were always fired from gaza when there is a possible cautious warming between PLO and israel..Hamas’s way of reminding us all that it is, in Hamas POV , the legitimate ruler and not PLO so talks are useless
        israel is very predictable: you be quiet-i be quiet, you fire at me- i will fire ten folds.
        the question to ask is who and why pushed the “violance button” at what time

        i know many here do not agree with me and that’s ok.we all have our own POV.
        but i started reading YaLibnan to see the “other side”‘s POV and i think you will benefit from doing the same.
        after all, how there will ever be understanding or peace between nations if we as people don’t understand each other?

        Doron

      • Adam Yonatan Ben Yoel

        So people who believe in Zionism should have universities, schools built for them by someone else for free? They should be offered a state in a place that they’ve never had a state? It’s not really possible. Jews have previously had a state in the West Bank and the Arabs never have.

  • Heraclitus

    Every night before going to bed, I pray that the palestinians stop being so violent and be peaceful with their neighbors. Too much to ask for I guess

    • hezzies are terrorists

      And every night i pray that the zionists are treated exactly the same way the palestinians are treated by the zionists. 🙂

      • doron

        i think palestinians are hostages of leaders.really.
        true. the suffering is inflicted most by israel but who manipulates the events to be like that?
        for israelis, the goal is always the same: safty of the jewish state.end of disscusion. peace has it’s chance but if it fails,there are no reservation on using force…same like the entire frikin region
        anyone who wants to halt or stall a peace or a deal knows very well how to do that- a road side bomb,mortar round and israelis bring talks to a grinding stop.
        i know that, you know that everybody know that
        it seemed simple solution in the 90’s for israel and palestinians alike, land for peace.
        then the al-aqsa intifada started.
        an israeli politician (i believe sharon) went to al-aqsa (also known as temple mount,a holy sites for jews too, you know) Arafat chose this as a trigger to plunge into an armed “resistance” that killed thousands, and shattered peace process at the time.

        mortar and rockets were always fired from gaza when there is a possible cautious warming between PLO and israel..Hamas’s way of reminding us all that it is, in Hamas POV , the legitimate ruler and not PLO so talks are useless
        israel is very predictable: you be quiet-i be quiet, you fire at me- i will fire ten folds.
        the question to ask is who and why pushed the “violance button” at what time

        i know many here do not agree with me and that’s ok.we all have our own POV.
        but i started reading YaLibnan to see the “other side”‘s POV and i think you will benefit from doing the same.
        after all, how there will ever be understanding or peace between nations if we as people don’t understand each other?

        Doron

      • Adam Yonatan Ben Yoel

        So people who believe in Zionism should have universities, schools built for them by someone else for free? They should be offered a state in a place that they’ve never had a state? It’s not really possible. Jews have previously had a state in the West Bank and the Arabs never have.

  • Adam Yonatan Ben Yoel

    He’d reject any plan that addresses Israel’s needs.

  • Adam Yonatan Ben Yoel

    He’d reject any plan that addresses Israel’s needs.