The Nightmare of International Guarantees

(Jerusalem Post) Barry Rubin - Israel is constantly urged to put its trust in the international community - an idea that hasn't worked out too well in the past. Hizbullah has moved back into southern Lebanon - something the UN was supposed to prevent - and has rebuilt its system of tunnels and military strongholds. In five years, the UN force has never interfered with such Hizbullah activities - not once. Now imagine how UN and international guarantees would work with a Palestinian state. Would the General Assembly vote to condemn Palestine for breaking its commitments? Would any foreign force that was there as part of a peace deal ever act to stop weapons or terrorists from crossing the border into Palestine? Would they fight to stop terrorists from crossing the border from Palestine into Israel? Of course not. The writer is director of the Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center at IDC Herzliya.

2011-07-27 00:00:00

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