Security arrangements in a future state have become a major bone of contention in ongoing peace talks, with Israel insisting on maintaining a military presence along the Jordan Valley which runs down the eastern flank of the West Bank, bordering Jordan. The Palestinians have rejected such an idea, although they have said they would accept Nato troops or another international force. "We demand (US Secretary of State John) Kerry and others revise their positions because we won't let anyone undermine our rights," Abu Zuhri said. "This so-called Kerry plan was put together by the Americans and the Zionist entity to eradicate the Palestinian cause. We will not let such an agreement give away our people's rights," he said, calling for "a united front of factions to reject the talks and their outcome."
Peace talks began at US urging in late July between Israel and the Palestinian Authority based in the West Bank with the aim of reaching a deal within nine months. But so far, there has been little visible progress, with Washington now focused on getting the sides to agree a framework which would allow the negotiations to continue until the year's end.