50 Roadblocks, Better Security
(IsraelNN.com) Israel will give up 50 roadblocks and the Palestinian Authority promises better security in return, according to US officials traveling with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
The deal was revealed in a statement released after a trilateral meeting between Rice, Defense Minister Ehud Barak and PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad on Sunday in Jerusalem.
"This is a program that will improve the daily lives of Palestinians and help make Israel secure," said the statement, which did not specify which roadblocks would be removed. The PA will increase security forces in Jenin; Barak already said last week he agreed to the deployment of 600 Jordanian-trained officers there.
PA's Only Commitment is to 'Work to Prevent Terror'
(IsraelNN.com) The agreements reached in talks between U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Defense Minister Ehud Barak and PA "Prime Minister" Salam Fayyad include a series of concessions by Israel and only one commitment by the PA. "For its part, the Palestinian Authority will deploy security forces to provide law and order, and work to prevent terror," the statement issued by the American delegation said.
The statement went on to say that "both sides are committed to success of the Bethlehem investment conference and special arrangements will be made so that international visitors may attend." In addition, "the parties have completed connection of 27 Palestinian villages in [Judea and Samaria] to the Israeli power grid and, in an unprecedented action, have connected Jericho to the Jordan power grid."
Among other gestures, Israel "offered to expand significantly opportunities for Palestinian workers and businessmen to travel to Israel from [Judea and Samaria."