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Tuesday, February 04, 2014
Palestinians Want NATO Buffer
Palestinian Authority president Mahmound Abbas is floating the idea of a permanent, i.e. generational, NATO force to patrol a buffer zone separating his nation from Israel.
Palestine, he said, would not have its own army, only a police force, so the NATO mission would be responsible for preventing the weapons smuggling and terrorism that Israel fears.
"For a long time, and wherever they want, not only on the eastern borders, but also on the western borders, everywhere," Mr Abbas said of the imagined NATO mission. "The third party can stay. They can stay to reassure the Israelis, and to protect us.
"We will be demilitarised. Do you think we have any illusion that we can have any security if the Israelis do not feel they have security?"
For an alliance that has spent more than a decade in futile service in Afghanistan, NATO could redeem itself in bringing peace to a Middle East sore spot. One can only expect Netanyahu to how like a scalded cat at the notion of NATO soldiers standing between Israeli forces and the Palestinian population.