Israel says no NATO troops in ‘West Bank’.

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.”

“Article courtesy of Israel Today magazine, www.israeltoday.co.il”.

POSTED BY Web Master on Dec 4 under Noticias(News)

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