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Israel opposes call for NATO presence in Jordan Valley
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_01_Israel99(4).jpgThe Israeli regime has rejected a proposal by the Palestinian Authority to place a NATO force in the Jordan Valley.
The Washington Post on Saturday quoted U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry as saying that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “has made it clear that he doesn’t want NATO” troops in the area as part of a final status agreement between the Palestinian Authority and Tel Aviv.
Kerry, however, said the possibility of a third-party force is a matter for the parties to consider.
Meanwhile, an Israeli official has also confirmed Netanyahu’s objection.
Acting Palestinian Authority Chief Mahmoud Abbas has proposed that the NATO force stay in a future Palestinian state to ensure security.
The U.S. secretary of state is also planning to unveil a framework document as part of the U.S.-brokered talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.
Since the resumption of the direct talks, Palestinians have objected to a number of issues including the illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank and East al-Quds.

Israeli air strike injures two in Gaza Strip
Meanwhile, two Palestinians were injured, one critically, after an Israeli air strike on central Gaza on Sunday that the army claimed targeted a "key" figure responsible for cross-border rocket fire.
According to AFP, the strike was the latest in a growing number of violent incidents in and around Gaza since the start of 2014.
Medical sources said the man had lost a leg and was in critical condition after a missile struck a motorcycle in Deir al-Balah at around 8:00 am.
They said a second man, described as a civilian bystander, was also moderately injured in the attack.

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