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I couldn't disagree more with this idea

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Submitted by Ken Besig (Israel), Jan 7, 2009 at 04:25

I am sorry but this idea is just frightening, almost as frightening and potentially even more deadly than the fatal Oslo Accords.

The idea of introducing Jordanian and Egyptian military and police forces into the Palestinian territories is based on the unfounded belief that these forces would actually work to break up the terrorist infrastructure, prevent terrorist attacks on Israel, and would actually provide a form of autonomous government framework for the Palestinians to express their national goals.

It also assumes that these two Arab governments enjoy such stability and local support that regime change to something more radically Islamic and perhaps even militarily anti Israel could never occur. First of all, and to my mind most importantly, there is no reason to believe that either the Jordanian or Egyptian military would ever act to serve Israeli security interests, and more likely that these forces would become a form of armed human shields for the Palestinian terrorists.

Israel could no longer take the sort of reprisal actions or arrest missions without potentially engaging in firefights will Jordanian or Egyptian soldiers or police. Indeed, one of the most important aspects of the Egyptian Israeli peace agreements are the strict limitations on the number of Egyptian security personel and the types of weaponry Egypt is even allowed to introduce into the Sinai Peninsula.

To change that essential portion of the Egyptian Israeli peace treaty would bring the whole treaty into question and might even result in it's cancellation. Besides, Egypt has always shown far more of an interest in keeping the Palestinian terrorism in the Gaza Strip on a slow boil as an important weapon in it's Cold War against Israel than in seeing the Gaza Strip as productive and stable entity with it's residents living in peace alongside democratic Israel.

The possible introduction of Jordanian security forces into Israeli territory again violates one of the most important security achievements of the Jordanian Israeli peace agreement, that is, the Jordan River as a security buffer preventing the movement of Jordanian military vehicles, tanks, armored personel carriers, and supply trucks unhindered into Israel proper. And again as in the Egyptian Gaza scenario, there is no reason to believe that the Jordanian security apparatus would lift a finger to confront Palestinian terrorists or prevent their attacks on Israel. To the contrary, it is much more likely that the Jordanian military would act to protect those terrorists from Israeli military reprisals, and perhaps out of a sense of Arab brotherhood and loyalty, even supply the terrorists with training, supplies, military quality explosives, and weapons.

Moreover, I doubt very very much if the Palestinians would take kindly, if at all ,to any attempt at handing their autonomy, security, and sovereignty over to the Egyptian and Jordanian security forces. Dr. Pipes important, powerful, and influential people listen to you and thus I suggest that you rethink this idea in it's entirety, because take my word for it, this cure of putting Egypt and Jordan in charge of the Palestinians would be worse than the present illness.

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