[International peacekeeping force agreed to in MOU signed by Livni and Rice not good enough. World must grant Zionist forces authority to carry-out "Operation Cast Lead"--times ten-- to erase Palestinian right to self-defense.]
By HERB KEINONThe international guarantees Israel is seeking to ensure that a future Palestinian state remains demilitarized does not mean the introduction of foreign forces, Binyamin Netanyahu told the cabinet at its Sunday meeting.
Expanding on his speech last week at Bar-Ilanwhich he said international guarantees were necessary to make sure a future Palestinian state would be demilitarized, Netanyahu said rather that Jerusalem wanted international acceptance of the principle that Israel could take the actions it thought necessary to ensure the future state’s demilitarization.
“We need effective measures to ensure demilitarization,” Netanyahu said. “The existing ones in Lebanon and Gaza are not effective.”
Netanyahu said that Israel wanted international recognition for the idea of a demilitarized state to avoid a situation wherein Israel would withdraw from territory that was to be demilitarized, the Palestinians would violate that agreement and then Israel would be blamed for going back into the Palestinian territories to destroy weapons.