Palestinian Authority Seeks Future NATO Presence

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas receives U.S. Mideast envoy George Mitchell

From the Jerusalem Post:  The Palestinian Authority 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.

US envoy to the Middle East George Mitchell is meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas Wednesday afternoon. According to the report, Abbas would be making this offer and request in the meeting.  (photo: Getty)

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