Israeli politician suggests handing control of the Palestinian territories
to a European force
Date: 23 / 01 / 2007 Time: 17:16
Bethlehem - Ma'an - A member of the Israeli Knesset from the right-wing
Kadima party, Shlomo Breznitz, has suggested that the control of the
occupied Palestinian territories be handed over to the Europeans.
Breznitz' plan, which he has described as revolutionary, has been revealed
in the Israeli media.
The plan is based on an Israeli withdrawal from most of the Palestinian
territories and the dismantling of dozens of settlements in the occupied
territories. These territories will then be handed over to a European force,
which Breznitz described as an "important force [which will] control the
situation in preparation for the establishment of a Palestinian state".
Breznitz also revealed that he is going to present this plan on Wednesday at
the ongoing Herzliya conference, taking place outside Tel Aviv. He believes
that this plan is the way out of the current dilemma, and would offer a
solution similar to south Lebanon, or Bosnia and Herzegovina.
According to Israeli sources, the plan, which is being dubbed the
"international greenhouse" plan, will make the international community in
charge of the issue rather than the USA specifically, which has lost its
position as a mediator after its involvement in Iraq.
The plan also says that the European forces would replace the Israeli forces
gradually and would take up positions on the settlements which are to be
evacuated according to Olmert's ' convergence' plan.
The international force would also work on rehabilitating a Palestinian
force. This military move will be paralleled with a new 'Marshal Plan' by
the Europeans, similar to the aid package given by the USA to Europe after
the Second World War.
According to this plan, the Palestinian new force, which would include army
and police forces, would work in coordination with the Israeli army and
intelligence in order to end the so-called terrorist organizations.