(JERUSALEM) -- After months of no movement on Mideast peace talks, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he's working on a new peace initiative to break the deadlock. Among other incentives, Netanyahu is expected to recognize a Palestinian state within temporary borders. And now a new detail has emerged about his ideas for security along those borders.
On a visit to the Jordan valley, Prime Minister Netanyahu said the Israeli army must maintain its presence along the border with Jordan under any future peace deal -- that would mean Israeli soldiers along the eastern front of a future Palestinian state. Calling the border a key line of defense, Netanyahu said soldiers must prevent the smuggling of arms and militants. Palestinian leaders swiftly rejected the idea. "We are not going to allow the Israeli army to stay in the Jordan valley or in a centimeter of Palestinian territory," says spokesman Nabil Shaath.
The current borders were drawn in 1967. Palestinian leaders do not want the Israeli army -- which they see as an occupying power -- playing any role in their future state. Palestinian leaders have publicly hinted that a United Nations peacekeeping force may be acceptable on the Jordanian border, but Israeli officials don't believe such a force would be effective.
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