Israel shows its hand on troops at border with future Palestine state
Israeli PM raised publicly for the first time the plan of deploying Israeli forces along the eastern border of a future Palestinian state.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday raised publicly for the first time the plan of deploying Israeli forces along the eastern border of a future Palestinian state in a move is expected to spark harsh condemnation by Palestinians and could delay the Middle East solution.
"The problem of demilitarisation must be resolved effectively and this entails effectively blocking unauthorised entry, first and foremost from the east, wherever the border is defined," Netanyahu said in a speech to Israeli ambassadors.
"I doubt whether anything except a real presence of the State of Israel, of Israeli forces, can accomplish that," he said, expanding on his vision of a nation with only limited sovereignty.
Palestinians want a contiguous state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. They have said they want full control over the entire border with Jordan in any future deal, but have not ruled out the presence of an international force, Reuters said.
Israeli-Palestinian peace talks have been frozen for the past year. Abbas has said they could resume only if Israel halted all settlement activity.
Israeli chalenge on settlements
Israel occupied East Jerusalem along with the rest of the West Bank, Gaza, the Sinai Peninsula, and the Golan Heights in June 1967. In 1980 Israel annexed the eastern half of Jerusalem, declaring the whole of the city it 'eternal capital,' a step rejected by the UN Security Council.
Meanwhile, Palestinians, who want their own state in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, see the settlements as a land grab as an occupier "state".
The World Court has ruled all settlements illegal under international law. The United States and European Union regard them as obstacles to peace.
Palestinian leaders have said U.S.-backed peace negotiations with Israel could not resume unless there was a complete halt to settlement activity in the West Bank, Israeli-occupied territory where they hope to establish a state.
U.S. President Barack Obama is demanding a complete freeze of all Israeli building on the occupied West Bank, but the Netanyahu government has insisted on ongoing constructions.
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