Jericho pullout delayed

Tuesday, February 15, 2005 | 
The Israeli army pullout from Biblical Jericho in Judea that was supposed to take place today was postponed amid disagreements over security. Israeli and Palestinian security chiefs are meeting today to try to iron out the differences. The dispute concerns a Palestinian demand that all checkpoints around Jericho be removed and that a nearby Arab village be handed over to Palestinian control. Israel rejected the demand saying the roadblocks are necessary to prevent the movement of terrorists. Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz told Army Radio that Israel does not want to take "too many risks when the Palestinians are not able to guarantee security."

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