US to Present Judea, Samaria 'Security Proposal' to Israel
US State Department officials declared Wednesday that US Secretary of State John Kerry is planning on presenting a new security proposal regarding Judea and Samaria to Israel this week, according to the New York Times.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will receive the proposal Thursday through John R. Allen, the former American commander in Afghanistan and a retired Marine general who serves as an adviser to Secretary of State John Kerry on Middle Eastern affairs.
It will be the General's first briefing to Netanyahu, and will be provided when Kerry meets with the Prime Minister, according to the report. General Allen has made several trips to Israel and developed his ideas in consultation with Israeli officials.
“It will include many details and specifics,” said a State Department official, who asked to remain anonymous. “He will be presenting a piece of what will be a larger whole.”
The proposal is allegedly still under development as part of the larger peace talk plans, which the Department also indicated hung on a yes-or-no answer from Israeli officials. Mark Regev, Spokesperson for the Prime Minister's office, has declined to comment on the reports.
Israel has stated repeatedly that it will not give up its security over the crucial Jordan Valley region, which is the buffer zone in the event of a war between Israel and an official Palestinian State.
Deputy Minister Danny Danon responded Wednesday with a warning that Israel will not accept "a horrible [interim] deal like the deal in Geneva" from the Secretary of State, referring to the agreement over the Iranian nuclear program which has been denounced by Israeli leaders, and added that while Israel understands that the US wants to effect change in the region, "it will not come at the price of Israel."
Danon added, "an interim arrangement is dangerous - the next step is American pressure on the Prime Minister to include concessions and the release of more terrorists. Clearly we say we do not support U.S. pressure and that this will not come to pass."
Regarding the ongoing tensions between the two countries, Danon explained that "our commitment to the United States exists - but not at our expense."
"In another 2-3 years Obama and Kerry will not be in the White House and we will be left with agreements, dangers and enemies," he predicted. "Therefore, we are committed to the security of Israel and we will not make agreements that would endanger Israel's safety."
The peace talks until now have been widely panned as a failure, following a catastrophic visit by Kerry last month. During those talks, Kerry made a number of threats against Israel - including a "third intifada" if talks failed - and declared Israel's presence in the Judea and Samaria areas as "illegitimate."
Meanwhile, polls recently revealed that most Israelis have lost trust in the US-Israel relationship following last month's talks, and in the wake of the interim deal established between P5+1 and Iran. Israelis surveyed felt that the Jewish State needs to break away somewhat from its dependency on the US.
The PA has threatened to approach international bodies against Israel if talks fail, and PLO officials have publicly declared that they are using the talks as leverage to attain the release of more terrorists, while a senior EU official had threatened that the international body would take action against both Israel and the PA should they fail to reach an agreement.