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American proposal to establish a multi-national force in the West Bank could be way to expedite a withdrawal following any peace deal with PA.
Israel is concerned about an American proposal to establish a multi-national force in the West Bank as one of the ways to expedite an Israeli withdrawal following any peace deal with the Palestinian Authority.
The idea is being promoted by US National Security Advisor James Jones, who served as security coordinator to the West Bank under former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice.
The IDF, with the backing of Defense Minister Ehud Barak, is opposed to the idea and believes that before the Palestinians receive control over the West Bank, they need to be able to independently prevent the creation of a terrorist state.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has also voiced reservations about an international deployment.
Originally posted by muzzleflash
Had we not meddled in that situation in the first place, it might have resolved itself by now.
It's our meddling in their affairs that have exacerbated it to the intensity it has become.
Four United Nations observers have been killed in an Israeli air strike on an observation post in south Lebanon.
UN Secretary General Kofi Annan said he was "shocked" at the "apparently deliberate targeting" of the post. Israel has expressed "deep regret".