Why International Peacekeepers Cannot Replace the IDF
Amb. Dore Gold
"Looking around to the Middle
East, there is one democracy, stabilized, which is able to defend itself, by itself. No
need to deploy either American troops or others in order to defend Israel."
Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon
Source: Speech to Washington Institute, June 14, 2013
“We cannot count on a foreign force to do the work along the border with Jordan.”
Maj. Gen. Nitzan Alon, head of IDF Central Command
Source: Interview in YNet, September 18, 2013
“We don’t want to see rockets and missiles streaming into a Palestinian state and placed on the hills above Tel Aviv and the hills encircling Jerusalem. If Israel does not maintain a credible military and security presence in the Jordan Valley for the foreseeable future, this is exactly what could happen again.”
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Source: Speech at JFNA GA, Nov. 8, 2010
1. Wouldn’t American troops, or even a NATO contingent, perform better than UN forces? Americans won’t run like the UN soldiers if they are fired upon.
The main al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria, Jabhat al-Nusra, has published a book entitled Regional War Strategy for the Land of the Levant. The book clearly states that the organization is not focused on Syria alone: “Syria is the key to a change on the Arab world and afterwards the Islamic world.”