OBAMA, with Middle East envoy GEORGE MITCHELL

Aaron Klein


JERUSALEM – The U.S. is pushing Israel into conceding strategic territory in the next few months despite admissions from the Palestinian Authority it is not fully ready to assume security control over the areas in question, WND has learned.

As a confidence gesture to the PA, the Obama administration has asked Israel to withdraw its forces from Area C – neighborhoods in the West Bank and eastern sections of Jerusalem where Israel maintains full security control. The PA’s American-trained security forces would assume full control of those sections, according to the U.S. plan.

The gesture is part of a series of other measures the U.S. has asked of Israel in a bid to restart direct talks with the PA. Other gestures include easing antiterror roadblocks and checkpoints and facilitating greater movement of Palestinian civilians in the West Bank.

However, in recent meetings with George Mitchell – Obama’s envoy to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict – PA security chiefs admitted their forces are not yet fully ready to assume security control of Area C, according to sources familiar with the meetings.

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