Monday, August 18, 2008
An Israeli security plan presented to the United States demands that any future Palestinian state not have defense forces or weapons.
The plan, which was published by the Israeli Maariv Daily on Sunday, laid out what the paper called the security arrangements that Israel plans to implement after reaching a peace deal with the Palestinians.
According to the plan, Israel would set up alarm stations on the West Bank hills, deploy forces to the Jordanian border and exercise full control over Palestinian airspace.
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The plan has drawn angry reactions from Palestinian political groups, who argue that the proposals would completely erase the concept of an independent Palestinian state.
“If the plan is accepted by the Palestinians, it will kill the Palestinian dream to establish an independent state,” Hamas spokesman Ismail Radwan said in a Sunday statement.
He added that the democratically-elected Palestinian government of Hamas strongly warned all groups against accepting such a “disastrous plan”, which would “completely” serve the interests of Israel.
The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) also slammed the published Israeli security plan.
“This plan is impossible and there is no way that we can accept it,” said senior PFLP leader, Rabah Muhana.
“The plan is completely rejected. Not only would it not prepare the ground for an everlasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians, but it would give rise to a permanent atmosphere of escalating tension.”
A senior Islamic Jihad leader Nafez Azzam also said that the plan would never be implemented, as it was a scheme that Israel and the US devised to elude a real solution.
This article was posted: Monday, August 18, 2008 at 2:34 pm