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Abbas tells US lawmakers: NATO role in Palestinian state
Published Friday 12/08/2011 (updated) 13/08/2011 09:35
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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas chairs a meeting of the Executive
Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in the West Bank
city of Ramallah, May 11, 2011. [MaanImages/POOL/Mohammad Atiq]
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told visiting US Congressmen on Thursday that the security of the future Palestinian state will be handed to NATO under US command, his adviser said Friday.

The Palestinian state must also be "empty of [Israeli] settlements," the President said, according to official Palestinian Authority news agency WAFA.

Members of the US Congress and Senate delegation, headed by Democrat Senator Steny Hoyer, met with the President in Ramallah on Thursday, and quizzed Abbas on Israel's designation as a Jewish state, the status of refugees, and reconciliation between the President's Fatah party and rival Hamas, Presidential adviser Nimir Hamad said.

Abbas reiterated the Palestinian Authority's well-known positions on these matters, Hammad added, and specified that security responsibility for the Palestinian Authority would be handled by a third party, suggesting the US-Europe military alliance NATO.

In September 2010, Abbas had outlined the government's acceptance of international forces from NATO or similar to the UNIFIL force operating in southern Lebanon playing a role in Palestinian security, as long as forces did not include one single Israeli, whether from the civilian population or the military.

On Thursday, WAFA reported that Abbas stressed to the delegates that the Palestinian bid for recognition as a state at the UN was "not an attempt to isolate or delegitimize Israel, but rather aimed at promoting the two-state solution."

The "first, second and third Palestinian option is establishing a Palestinian state through talks," Abbas said.

On Friday, Hamad also criticized the Israeli Ministry of Interior to build more than 4,000 new settlement homes near Jerusalem, saying the move was a "clear challenge to the international community that rejects the policy of settlements and the Judaization of [Palestinian] lands."
1 ) chil / usa
12/08/2011 12:33
this fool wants nato, the same countries that back israel to do the security for palestine. and he also wants to have the us in charge of this, the same us that is israel's biggest supplier of miltary tech., political covering, and economic stability. this is so funny. abbas tries to act like he's a revolutionary and for the ppl but his actions always have him running back to america as if they r the only way to freedom. thats ur problem abbas u think america for one wants palestine free.

2 ) Mary / US
12/08/2011 15:17

3 ) Em / US
12/08/2011 15:19
He let Steny Hoyer in the door?

4 ) Mo / Canada
12/08/2011 16:52
So basically, not one Jew is allowed to live in Palestine, even if he was to have no Israeli citizenship and take on Palestinian citizenship. And you are calling Israel racist??? Israel accepts all faiths, all races, all religions while Abbas wants PA free of Jews. Hitler also did.

5 ) Yehuda Solomon / Israel
12/08/2011 16:53
HAS ABBAS TAKEN LEAVE OF HIS SENSES ??? IS THE MAN ABSOLUTELY CRAZY ??? He wants or is willing to allow NATO forces to safeguard Palestinian security in their proposed nation ??? Is Hamas ready for this ??? NATO right now is so objectionable to the Arab world, so bogged down in Libya it's pathetic and would only resurrect those hated Arab memories of European colonialization it would be a first-rate disaster. The Americans would be equally crazy if they agree. Arafat, YOU HEAR THIS ???

6 ) OMAR / USA
12/08/2011 17:01
I have a better Idea for Mahmoud Abbas.... Let NATO take you and your corrupt family and leave us alone.

7 ) ardo nooc / somalia
12/08/2011 23:57
we thank for you the way you helping for somali children those have hungry in the country espiceilly GAZA PEOPLE

8 ) Karmel / Palestine
13/08/2011 03:54
Ardo there is no need to thank us bcuz we r ur brothers and sisters. All muslims r one.

9 ) Karmel / Palestine
13/08/2011 03:56
Abbas is crazy. He wants to be a puppet at any cost.

10 ) Secret Service / USA
13/08/2011 04:25
"Yes" to Palestinian state. Full rights & freedom. And return of Palestinian's water resources which Israeli Zionists have so blatantly stolen in the past. God bless Palestine. Gaza included. Wish for them the best outcome possible from this fiasco, which is nothing short of their full freedoms & rights. Dear God release them from the evil Zionist occupation crimes. The Palestinians don't deserve to settle for second best, their needs should be put first in this matter.

11 ) Malone / Hfx
13/08/2011 06:03
I think many people are getting totally fed up with the pals and their ridiculous demands and requests.
I mean...who the hell do they think they are?
Professional victims and welfare recipients for 4 generations at least,and they feel they have the right to "demand".
Get a life..get a job..get lost...quit blaming everybody but yourselves for your self inflicted problems....

12 ) roos / holland
13/08/2011 10:55
No NATO to Palestine. Freedom for all and no soldiars who protect borders or making it worse for Palestinian people. Also the USA is not a partner for peace, they supported Israel for so many years and let them do what they wanted to do.

13 ) UNF / Irl
13/08/2011 12:56
As Israel is a highly qualified candidate in terms of aggression, occupation and piracy, why not just have it join NATO officially, where it will fit right in, then the same IOF can stay put and under new helmets continue the oppression of the Palestinian People necessary to keep these Quisling PA Kapos in power? And I'm sure the EU-Vassals can be guilt-tripped one more time into writing a blank cheque for a sick charade by Uncle Sam. The perfect way to not interrupt a creeping genocide!

14 ) EM / US
13/08/2011 13:18
NATO/US has been funding Israel's actions - and watching them too - so they know what Israel has been doing- now want to do the same directly? "from the frying pan into the fire?" Malone - I hope one day you will receive God's help to enable you to think more clearly - and don't cause more suffering than you have.

15 ) Elias / Palestine
13/08/2011 15:15
Malone, you seem to be an ignorant fool. In case you didnt know, Abbas is a puppet. He isent demanding anything - he is following orders. He is asking for Nato role in order to please the super powers and not because it will be a good thing for Palestinians. Professional victims you say? Did you have your country stolen 63 years ago with 80 % of it being made in to a new state and the rest being occupied with zionist bombings thrown at u several times a year not to mention the daily opression?

16 ) John Roberts / Britain
13/08/2011 16:25
Mahmoud Abbas is nothing more than a puppet (like Karzai of Afghanistan) who does the bidding of those he serves. When the Hamas gained power in free and fair elections he was the one who refused to give up power, all because his masters back in Washington wanted him to.

17 ) [email protected] / ISRAEL
13/08/2011 18:05
I just love all these scenarios, which are a total waste of time
Palestine never was and never will be, since the UN as it's constituted, doesn't have the power to make it exist
“The General Assembly does not have the authority to create binding law by a simple vote. It is not a global legislature, just as the UN is not a world government. Its resolutions are symbolic. Never mind the fact that the UN charter never gives the General Assembly such authority”

13/08/2011 20:20

19 ) Lyn / USA
14/08/2011 04:50
Abbas must be desperate. What he'll get is not what he apparently asked for, but Israelis in all the choice sections of occupied Palestine and NATO troops in the rest. And of course there's the chorus of Israeli hasbarists e.g. MO/Canada claiming that refusing to have any ISRAELIs as part of the occupation is the same as refusing to allow JEWs to live in Palestine. Israel mass murders people because they aren't Jewish - is that the same thing as saying Jews do this?

20 ) John Hillary / NZ
14/08/2011 05:16
Ben Jabo, no point in quoting whatever if you don't give the source.

14/08/2011 17:52
20) John Hillary /NZ

I will be glad to, just as soon as your give all of your sources

In this instance, it's the UN Charter, check for yourself

22 ) Bill Riordan / United States
15/08/2011 21:47
Abbas and the PA have been the corrupt lackeys of Israel since the PA's creation. This is why every Palestinian who is not living directly off of the PA's patronage network is opposed to them and supports Hamas. I have friends who are Marxists/Atheists in the West Bank and they support Hamas. Everyone supports Hamas. If I were Palestinian I would support Hamas. This is not a surprising request by Abbas at all. It's who he is.
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