| ||Video: Why Israel Can't Trust UN for Protection
| ||The Jerusalem Center
Israel's national ethos is one of self-reliance. International peacekeepers have been proven unreliable in the Middle East in every instance. The Israeli army has been deployed along the steep slopes of the Jordan Valley since 1967, allowing it to thwart terrorist infiltration and deter potential attacks. This critical zone cannot be turned over to international forces with an abysmal track record in Gaza, Syria, Lebanon and Egypt. Israel must defend itself by itself.
Think tank's hard hitting video shows why maintaining an IDF presence along the Jordan is so crucial.
The Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA), a pre-eminent Israeli think tank, has produced and published a historical/topographic video explaining the basis for Israel's rejection of the idea that international peace-keeping troops can be introduced into Judea and Samaria, to offer Israel protection if it withdraws its forces in a "peace treaty."
The Jerusalem Center is headed by Israel's former ambassador to the UN, Dore Gold, who has been a long-time security advisor to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.
The video features 3-D topographic images of the militarily critical Jordan Valley and drives home the points that international peacekeepers have been proven unreliable in the Middle East, and that the steep slopes of the Jordan Valley are critical in allowing the IDF to thwart terrorist infiltration and deter potential attacks.
The think-tank video report follows other analyses including a March 2010 NATO Research Paper authored by Florence Gaub which estimated the cost of Judea and Samaria international peacekeeping force deployment at upwards of $16 billion per year, and concluded that a NATO peacekeeping mission there “would have slim chances of success, and a high probability of failure."
Other writers who have commented on the problematic nature of an international/NATO "peacekeeping" deployment include Arutz Sheva columnist Mark Langfan, who earlier this year published the op-ed “Hagel’s $160 Billion 'West Bank' US Troops Deathtrap."