By Robert E. Hunter, Seth G. Jones

An exam of recommendations to fulfill the exterior safety necessities of a profitable, self reliant Palestinian nation.

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As the Oslo Accords provided, Israel currently has responsibility for the security of Israeli settlements in Palestinian territory. Consequently, a peace settlement that leads to the creation of a Palestinian state will mean that most—or all—Israeli forces will need to be withdrawn from Palestinian territory and redeployed elsewhere, as Israel has done with regard to Gaza. Given that a peace agreement is likely to lead to a significant reduction in Israeli settlements in the West Bank, if not total withdrawal from all areas not incorporated in Israel—along with the withdrawal in 2005 of all settlements from Gaza—there will be relocation of Israeli settlers from Palestinian territory.

5 For their part, most settlers believe that Israel has legitimate and legal claims to the land, based on its historic and religious connection, as well as on the country’s demographic and security needs. 6 3 Agreement on the Gaza Strip and the Jericho Area (1994), Annex I; Israeli-Palestinian Interim Agreement on the West Bank and the Gaza Strip (1995), Annex I. 4 Israeli-Palestinian Interim Agreement on the West Bank and the Gaza Strip (1995), Article XII. 5 The Fourth Geneva Convention, Article 49, Paragraph 6.

Or international troops in Palestinian territory in such areas as the Jordan Valley. See, for instance, Hanieh (2001), p. 94. 6. Intelligence, Monitoring, Enforcement, and Dispute-Resolution Provisions In few other places in the world has the concept of political agreement and accommodation as an organic development been so important to the concepts of peace and security. This is a major reason that Arab-Israeli peace negotiations—even when in abeyance— have long been referred to as a process. Israel’s proximity to Arab states has an unavoidable impact in terms of both the reality and perception of security—especially given the power of modern weaponry and the short distances between opposing military forces.

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