"Until we see the details of this statement or this new position, our position is that the Israelis have an obligation to refrain from undertaking any settlement activity," said Maen Rashid Areikat, the Palestine Liberation Organization's representative in Washington. "This remains our position. Evidently, this is the United States' position, and we still are waiting to get more details until we can comment further on that."
Other than an Israeli troop presence, he said, "we are willing to discuss with the Israelis whatever arrangements that can achieve the same objectives that the Israelis desire in the area of security, but with the involvement of third parties in this area - Americans, a combination of forces, United Nations, NATO. Whatever is acceptable to the Israelis, we will not have a problem."