NATO offers troops after Mideast peace deal

Last Updated: Thursday, February 10, 2011 - 12:47

Herzliya: The secretary general of NATO is offering peacekeeping services to Israelis and Palestinians if both request it in a peace deal.

Anders Fogh Rasmussen told a security conference in Israel on Wednesday that NATO would intervene if a future peace treaty was broken or if the two sides needed assistance.

A spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he and Rasmussen discussed expanding cooperation between Israel and NATO. The spokesman would not say if Israel would accept Rasussen`s offer.

Netanyahu insists Israel must have strict security guarantees in any peace deal.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has said he would agree to have international peacekeepers deployed in a future Palestinian state for a limited time.

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First Published: Thursday, February 10, 2011 - 12:47

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