Abbas and West Bank Palestinians have been admirable - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    in cooperation with the Israelis on security and their determination -- even in moments of high tension -- to prevent any return to the armed struggle. Like the Egyptians, the Jordanians likewise have a strong motivation to prevent the influx of weapons from across their border. Both the will and the technology exists to police the border with Jordan Netanyahu's statement is hopefully just a negotiating position from which he intends to extract stronger measures to prevent the influx of weaponry across the border. And perhaps it is also intended, to some extent, to play to domestic political concerns in Israel. But even so, as a public statement it is unnecessarily inflammatory and inimical to the interest of a peace agreement. Israel cannot talk about a peace that totally eliminates any border between Palestine and another. Netanyahu's statement was tactically foolish and morally irresponsible.

    from the article: Netanyahu: Israel will never cede Jordan Valley
    First published 12:09 02.03.10 | Last updated 14:46 02.03.10
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