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19 May 2010
1) Mahmoud Abbas seeks permanent presence of NATO forces in a future demilitarized Palestinian state (19 May 2010)
2) NATO: We are willing to assist the implementation of a peace agreement between Israelis and Palestinians (17 May 2010)
excerpt from: ‘PA seeks future NATO presence’
Jerusalem Post, 19 May 2010
The PA is considering allowing the permanent stationing of NATO forces in the future Palestinian state, London-based pan-Arab daily Al-Quds al-Arabi reported Palestinian sources saying Wednesday.
The NATO forces would be able to prevent arms smuggling into the future state and to monitor that it would remain demilitarized.
Under any peace agreement likely to be formulated between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, Israel would expect the Palestinian entity to remain demilitarized.
The Palestinian Authority will also ask NATO and the US to commit to “defending the Palestinian state from Israel,” were relations to break down and were Israel to threaten the future Palestinian state with invasion, the report said.
excerpt from: NATO 2020: Assured security, dynamic engagement
Analysis and recommendations of the group of experts on a new strategic concept for NATO
NATO website, 17 May 2010
NATO is strongly supportive of efforts to negotiate a just and lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians, but does not play an active diplomatic role. The Alliance has, however, expressed a willingness to assist in implementing an agreement should one be reached, provided that is requested by the parties and authorized by the UN Security Council.
Israel: Global NATO’s 29th member
by Rick Rozoff, Dandelion Salad, 17 January 2010