Thursday, August 8, 2013

Dore Gold: Why International Peacekeepers Cannot Replace the IDF

 Dore Gold. He has just published a paper about the dangers to Israel's security of allowing international peacekeepers into the West Bank as part of an agreement with the PLO, with particular focus on the importance of the IDF remaining in the Jordan Valley.

Dore has published this new paper now because he feels that the subject will be a major point of disagreement between Israel and the United States as negotiations with the Palestinians move forward.

Here are 5 key points that Dore is emphasizing:
  • The Jordan Valley is as a vital defense line in the event of conventional warfare, as well as for dealing with terrorist infiltration and insurgency campaigns against Israel.

  • Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin declared on October 5, 1995, that "the security border of the State of Israel will be located in the Jordan Valley, in the broadest meaning of that term."

  • If Israel agrees to the deployment of international peacekeepers in the Jordan Valley, Israel would be placing its security in the hands of a force that might be easily removed, leaving Israel completely exposed in the future.

  • No foreign forces can realistically be expected to risk their lives for the defense of Israel. Israel must defend itself by itself.

  • Unlike West Germany during the Cold War, or South Korea today, Israel never asked U.S. forces to risk their lives for its defense.
If you are writing on the subject, we would appreciate any and all links to the PDF and references to its arguments. If you would like to interview Dore on this subject, he would be happy to speak with you.

Dore has appeared on TV to discuss this issue in the past. Here is a clip from the Glenn Beck show a couple of years ago:

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