Arab League raps the U.S. expansion plans for Israel

AL raps US expansionist plan for Israel

Sat, 21 Dec 2013 23:38:55 GMT

The Arab League has rejected the United States’ proposal to allow Israeli troops to be stationed on the eastern border of a future Palestinian state, saying it fulfills Israel’s plan of expansionism.

The league published a report after a meeting at its headquarters in the Egyptian capital Cairo on Saturday, saying the US proposal “achieved Israeli security expansionist demands, and guaranteed [Israel’s] continued control of [the Jordan Valley] on the security pretext”.

Arab League Secretary General Nabil al-Arabi said at the emergency meeting, called at the request of Acting Palestinian Authority (PA) chief Mahmoud Abbas, that there could be no Israeli troops in the territory of a future Palestine.

“Israel, continuing with its stubborn policies and always changing demands, does not create the right circumstances for a successful negotiations especially Israel’s settlements policies, which contradict international law. Therefore, these policies must end,” al-Arabi said.

Palestinian sources have detailed a plan by Washington, which allows a continued presence of Israeli soldiers in the Jordan Valley for the next 10 years.

The last Palestinian-Israeli talks broke down in September 2010 after Tel Aviv refused to freeze its settlement activities in the occupied West Bank.

Israeli officials have recently announced plans to build thousands of more illegal settler units on Palestinian territory, despite the opposition of the UN and the international community.

The presence and continued expansion of Israeli settlements in occupied Palestine have been a major stumbling block to efforts aimed at establishing peace in the Middle East.

More than half a million Israelis live in over 120 illegal settlements built since Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East al-Quds in 1967.

The United Nations and most countries regard the Israeli settlements as illegal because the territories were captured by Israel in a war in 1967 and are hence subject to the Geneva Convention, which forbids construction on occupied lands.

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