Israel says no NATO troops in 'West Bank'

Wednesday, December 03, 2008 |  Israel Today Staff

Senior Israeli defense officials on Tuesday told The Jerusalem Post that they firmly oppose any plan to insert NATO peacekeepers into Judea and Samaria (the so-called "West Bank").

The remarks came less than a day after US President-elect Barack Obama announced General (ret.) James Jones as his national security advisor.

Jones, a former NATO commander, most recently served as special US security envoy to Israel and the Palestinian Authority, a position he used to put forward his plan of deploying NATO peacekeepers to the area.

Israeli officials noted that every time the international community has deployed peacekeepers in the Israeli-Arab conflict, terrorism has increased as the Israeli army's operational freedom decreased.

One officer explained that "there is a need for continuous combat, and NATO will not want to endanger its soldiers on behalf of Israeli citizens."

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