The Palestinian Authority (PA) rejects hawkish Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s idea of policing eastern borders of a future Palestinian state.
A spokesman for the Acting Palestinian Authority Chief Mahmoud Abbas said on Thursday that once the Israeli occupation ends, the Palestinians will not accept anything less than a completely sovereign Palestinian state.
"The Palestinian leadership will not accept the presence of a single Israeli soldier in the Palestinian territories after the end of the occupation," said the spokesman, Nabil Abu Rudeina, adding that they will not accept that "our land be under Israeli protection."
"We will not accept anything less than a completely sovereign Palestinian state on all the territories with its own borders, resources and airspace," Abu Rudeina said.
He emphasized that Netanyahu’s insistence on an Israeli border guard would place more obstacles in the way of restarting peace talks.
The PA announcement comes a day after Netanyahu said Tel Aviv aims to patrol the eastern borders of any future Palestinian state.
This is while the Palestinian side has repeatedly stated that without a complete freeze on illegal settlement constructions, they will not return to the negotiating table.