UN Peacekeepers on Israel's Border Fled Under Pressure

(Council on Foreign Relations) Elliott Abrams - The UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF), meant to separate Israel and Syria, has fled into Israel for safety in the face of terrorists. International forces in the West Bank are an old nostrum, but the failure of UNDOF is a reminder that it won't work. Until the region is at peace and all terrorist groups defeated, the only thing that prevents a powerful terrorist presence in the West Bank is the Israeli military. Palestinians and Jordanians also depend on the IDF to prevent groups like Hamas, al-Qaeda, and even ISIS from gaining ground in the West Bank. Moreover, UN forces in southern Lebanon (UNIFIL) have been unable to control Hizbullah and are unwilling to challenge it.

2014-09-18 00:00:00

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