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U.S. Security Assistance to the Palestinian Authority

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Since shortly after the establishment of limited Palestinian self-rule in the West Bank and Gaza Strip in the mid-1990s, the United States has periodically provided assistance to the Palestinian Authority PA for civil security and counterterrorism purposes. Following the death of Yasser Arafat in late 2004 and the election of Mahmoud Abbas as his successor as PA President in early 2005, then-U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice created the office of U.S. Security Coordinator USSC for Israel and the Palestinian Authority to help reform, train, and equip PA security forces which had been personally beholden to Arafat and his political allies. Previous Israeli-Palestinian efforts at security cooperation collapsed during the second Palestinian intifada that took place earlier this decade. Since Hamas gained control of the Gaza Strip in June 2007, Lieutenant General Keith Dayton, head of the USSC since November 2005, and the State Departments Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs INL have helped with the gendarmerie-style training of West Bank-based PA security personnel. As of June 2009, approximately 400 Presidential Guardsmen and 2,200 National Security Forces troops have been trained at the Jordan International Police Training Center JIPTC near Amman. All troops, new or already serving, are vetted for terrorist links, human rights violations, andor criminal records by the State Department, Israel, Jordan, and the PA before they are admitted to U.S.-sponsored training courses at JIPTC. Approximately 395 million in U.S. funds have been reprogrammed or appropriated through the International Narcotics Control and Law Enforcement INCLE account for training, non-lethal equipment, facilities, and strategic planning assistance for the PA forces, and for PA criminal justice sector reform projects, including 100 million for FY2010 pursuant to the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2010 P.L. 111-117.

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  • Government and Political Science
  • Sociology and Law
  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations

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