Presidency: We reject any Israeli presence on the Palestinian territories

RAMALLAH _ Palestine News Network

The Palestinian presidency on Thursday rejected any Israeli presence in the Palestinian territories under any peace agreement.

"We will only accept an independent and sovereign Palestinian State on the 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital," presidential spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina said in a statement published by the official Palestinian news agency.

"We will not accept the presence of a soldier in our Palestinian territory, and we reaffirm that settlement is illegal and that any ideas or proposals that go beyond this legitimacy will be rejected and unacceptable," Abu Rudeina added.

This comes in response to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's remarks following his meeting with US President Donald Trump in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.

According to Israeli media, Netanyahu said Israel should maintain security control from West Jordan to the Mediterranean Sea in any peace agreement with the Palestinians.

"I am ready for the Palestinians to have the power to govern themselves without having the authority to harm us."

The peace negotiations between the Palestinians and Israel have been stalled since 2014 after nine months of US-sponsored talks without progress to resolve the protracted conflict between the two sides for several decades.


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