The Obama administration intends to add as much as $55 million for training of an emerging Palestinian Authority army that trains at an American-built training base in Jordan, Reuters reported. The American strategy has been to strengthen PA forces and prepare them to fight terror and keep the rival Hamas faction at bay. The United States refers to the PA troops as “special forces” and not an army, which is prohibited under the Oslo Accords.
The Hamas militia completely overwhelmed the Fatah militia in Gaza in June, 2007, surprising Americans who already had begun training Fatah forces. United States Middle East envoy George C. Mitchell has asked Lieutenant General Keith Dayton, who has been overseeing the training, to remain at his post for two more years.