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Friday, August 01, 2003

Palestinians reject Israeli offer to hand over security of two West Bank cities

Israel offered Jericho and Kalkilya; PA wants Ramallah
Dahlan charged that Israel wanted to make a "cosmetic" withdrawal, which would leave the center of the cities in Palestinian control, but still surrounded by an Israeli military presence.

"We wanted the withdrawal to be a genuine one that would allow the Palestinian cities to connect with each other and would give people free ways to move on the roads between those cities and villages without having to go through the Israeli army roadblocks," Dahlan said.

According to Israeli security officials, Mofaz demanded that the Palestinians fight the terrorist infrastructure, something they have committed to do but about which they have done nothing so far.
Julie Stahl reports at CNS News.