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Arab League Rejects U.S. Proposal in Mideast Deal

(Daily Alert)

The Arab League says it rejects a continued Israeli troop presence on the eastern border of a future state of Palestine, a proposal Palestinians say was floated by the U.S. earlier this month. Palestinian officials said U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry proposed Israel control Palestine’s future border with Jordan for at least 10 years to address Israeli concerns about a potential influx of militants and weapons. (AP-Fox News)


PA to Seek Arab League Backing for Response to Kerry’s Framework Peace Proposals

Mohammad Sbeih, secretary-general of Palestinian affairs at the Arab League, said U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will present Palestinian and Israeli leaders with a framework peace agreement by the end of the month. PA President Mahmoud Abbas informed the Arab League that “once he receives the American proposal he will not respond but will present it to Arab nations to make a joint decision.”

    Sbeih said Abbas articulated his position on the peace agreement: Abbas would accept a Palestinian state with the entirety of east Jerusalem as its capital, with limited land swaps as long as the lands being traded were of equal value. He would allow Israeli troops up to three years to leave the West Bank. He would reject any permanent Israeli military presence in the Jordan Valley, but would welcome an international peacekeeping presence. He would refuse to recognize Israel as a Jewish state. He would reject any proposal that required Palestine to be an unarmed state. (Ma’an News-PA)

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