More than two months have passed since the deadline of the first of
July 1995, which President Yasser Arafat and Foreign Minister
Shimon Peres declared as the day the negotiations were to conclude
over the redeploy¬ment of the Israeli forces in the West Bank.
The elections, water, and other issues were also on the agenda for
The main obstacle in the negotiations, the Jewish settlements in
the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), reared its ugly head
again when negotiators started talking about security arrangements
in general, and in Hebron in particular. Both sides agreed to
divide the area into three cate¬gories: A) the Palestinian
cities from which the Israeli army will complete¬ly redeploy,
and responsibility will be transferred to the Palestinian Police;
B) the Palestinian villages and refugee camps where Israel will
have the overriding security, while the Palestinian side will be
responsible for inter¬nal security and public order; C) the
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