United States government sources quoted by Politico.com dismissed as “fiction” and “nonsense” a continuing claim by a senior Palestinian Authority legislator that U.S. President Barack Obama has dictated terms for a new PA state.
The claim was published by Israel National News two weeks ago, based on a report in the Saudi newspaper Al-Ukaz, which quoted Hassan Harisha, a deputy speaker of the PA parliament. Harisha declared that the U.S. has handed over a draft of the peace proposal to the PA and other Arabs for their perusal.
Harisha, an independent legislator, spread the same claim to the Al Jazeera network and the Chinese news agency Xinhua on Tuesday.
He said the secret 10-point plan dictates terms for a new Arab state on the land of Judea, Samaria and Gaza, with Muslim sites in eastern Jerusalem under PA control while the rest of the city would remain under Israeli sovereignty.
He did not specify the status of the Temple Mount, which both Muslims and Jews claim as being essential to their people.
Harisha said that the plan includes deploying international troops in the Jordan Valley, transferring terrorist groups, called “factions,” not political parties. Israel officially would include large Jewish areas, such as Gush Etzion and Maaleh Adumim, and the status of smaller communities would be determined during three months of negotiations.
The PA would not be termed “demilitarized,” as Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has demanded, but it would be forbidden to sign military pacts with Middle East countries and would allow Israel to control all air space.
The proposed state would be established no later than 2011 on the land of Judea and Samaria, with Gaza being incorporated later.
Harisha said that a limited number of Arabs claiming Israeli ancestry would be settled in the Jordan Valley. Israel also would release all PA prisoners and terrorists over a period of three years.
He blasted the plan for taking away Arabs’ "legitimate rights.”