Monday, February 25, 2013

Chuck Hagel Favors Sending US Troops to the West Bank to "Enforce" the Peace

Check out this recommendation from a Foundation for Middle East Peace report co-signed by Chuck Hagel back in 2009, a report addressed to the then newly elected Obama (h/t Israel National News):

A non-militarized Palestinian state, together with security mechanisms that address Israeli concerns while respecting Palestinian sovereignty, and a U.S.-led multinational force to ensure a peaceful transitional security period.  This coalition peacekeeping structure, under UN mandate, would feature American leadership of a NATO force supplemented by Jordanians, Egyptians and Israelis.  We can envision a five-year, renewable mandate with the objective of achieving full Palestinian domination of security affairs on the Palestine side of the line within 15 years.

It's pretty clear what would happen following the deployment of such a force.  The Palestnians would start a new wave of terror attacks on Israel and then use the peacekeeping force as shields.  And you know the Israelis would always err on the side of caution for fear of accidentally killing an American soldier, which will greatly hurt their deterrent threat.  Also, as we have seen in Lebanon, non-US peacekeeping forces from the international community have a history of aiding and abetting terrorists when those terrorists are facing the IDF.  Just a disaster waiting to happen.  Also, given that the nomination of Chuck Hagel himself is pretty much a middle finger to Israel and Jewish groups, I wouldn't be surprised if he was nominated with the idea of implementing these recommendations in mind.

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