The Arab League on Saturday
rejected US proposals that would allow Israeli soldiers to be
stationed on the eastern border of a future Palestinian state,
underscoring the challenge facing a US effort to wrap up a
peace deal by April.
At an emergency meeting called at the request of Palestinian
President Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday, Arab League Secretary
General Nabil Elaraby said there could be not one Israeli
soldier in the territory of a future Palestine.
But a resolution he read at the end of the meeting did not
repeat the harshly critical language of a report circulated to
the Arab delegates ahead of the gathering.
The report, seen by Reuters, said the US security
proposals "achieved Israeli security expansionist demands, and
guaranteed (Israel's) continued control of (the Jordan Valley)
on the security pretext".
It also described them as "an American retreat".