Jerusalem Report

Could Jimmy replace Moshe?

Mahmoud Abbas’s proposal to revive the NATO option, if Israel withdraws from the West Bank, looks to be a non-starter.

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Photo by: OMAR SCOBHANI / REUTERS
IN A late January New York Times interview, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas resuscitated an old idea – a NATO force would replace the IDF after a final Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank.

In the past, Abbas had suggested that the NATO force would defend the Palestinian state from Israel. His more recent version, however, goes further by suggesting that the NATO force be deployed indefinitely across the entire Palestinian state, including East Jerusalem and at all crossing points, and tasked with providing security for both Israel and Palestine.



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