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PLO official calls US-Israel agreement on arms smuggling a reward for Israeli war crimes

Jan. 17, 2009 3:15 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 17, 2009 3:15 P.M.)
Ramallah- Ma'an - The agreement signed between Israel and the United States Friday is a "reward [for Israel's] onslaught and violations of international law," said Member of the Palestine Liberation Organization Executive Committee, and the politburo office of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) Tayseer Khalid.

The agreement, signed by Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice promised US involvement in patrolling the Mediterranean and ensuring that no arms are smuggled into Gaza, principally from Iran.

Khalid called the agreement a "threat to the security and stability in the region and an attempt to engage the world in a wide scale war under the pretext of barring smuggled weapons to Gaza."

What would have been a more advisable course of action for the United States, said Khalid, would have been to pressure Israel into halting its attacks on Gaza. Instead, he added, the US put one of its airbases in the Gulf on high alert so it can be ready to provide Israeli troops with air cover and continue pumping US-made weapons like the smartbomb into Gaza.

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