US names Navy admiral as new security coordinator between Israel and Palestinian Authority
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US names Navy admiral as new security coordinator between Israel and Palestinian Authority

White Center : WA : USA | Jun 09, 2012 at 12:55 PM PDT
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The Pentagon announced on Friday that a top U.S. Navy officer will serve as U.S. Security Coordinator for Israel and the Palestinian Authority, Haaretz reported.

Admiral Paul Bushong will replace Air Force Lieutenant Michael Moeller and will be responsible for strengthening the Palestinian Authority's security forces, the Israeli daily said.

The post is based at the U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem and entails responsibility for the security infrastructure of the Palestinian Authority.

Israel regularly coordinates with PA security forces and has a say on the degree to which they are armed and deployed.

President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday said he would open dialogue with Israel if it re-armed Palestinian security forces.

"We recently told them that if Israel accepted to free prisoners and allow us to re-arm the police then we would again sit at the same table as Netanyahu," Abbas said during a visit to Paris.

Israel regularly coordinates with PA security forces and has a say on the degree to which they are armed and deployed.

Meanwhile, movement of Hamas strongly denounced the Palestinian Authority for accepting the appointment of a new U.S. security coordinator for its forces, saying its persistence in such anti-national behavior contravenes the principles of the Palestinian reconciliation.

Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum, stated that the delegation of a new U.S. security coordinators is aimed at confirming the commitment of the security troika, the U.S., the PA, and Israel, to the protection of the latter’s security and maintaining the inter-Palestinian division, Alresalah reported on Saturday.

Hamas spokeman also urged the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank to implement reconciliation and work on establishing a national strategy to protect Palestinian interests against Israeli and American dictates.

Source: http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/u-s-names-top-navy-officer-security-coordinator-for-israel-palestinian-authority-1.435294

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US names navy admiral as new security coordinator Between Israel and PA
Admiral Paul Bushong. Source: http://www.navy.mil/navydata/bios/navybio.asp?bioid=442
saleh1966 is based in Gaza, Ġazzah, Palestine, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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