Israel has rejected a proposal by the Palestinian Authority to place a NATO force in the Jordan Valley.(Al Ray/Press TV) The Washington Post, on Saturday quoted US Secretary of State John Kerry as saying that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu â€śhas made it clear that he doesnâ€™t want NATOâ€ť troops in the area as part of a final status agreement between the Palestinian Authority and Israel.
Acting Palestinian Authority Chief Mahmoud Abbas has proposed that the NATO force stay in a future Palestinian state to ensure security.
Since the resumption of the direct talks, Palestinians have objected to a number of issues including the illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.
Israelâ€™s settlement expansion policy in the West Bank has created a major obstacle against the progress of the talks;
the settlements are illegal under the Geneva Conventions, which forbids construction on occupied lands.
Chris Carlson is a student of religion at Mount Mercy University, United States, and has been a regular volunteer with the IMEMC since 2013. He assisted in providing extensive coverage of the 2014 Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip and continues, into the present day, with the issues at hand. He can be reached via email at c h r i s @ i m e m c . o r g.