Tuesday, May 25, 2010

PA/Abbas seeks permanent future NATO presence in Palestine

Heard this news story being reported. It's a head scratcher. Why, would Abbas want this?
So, off I go to read up on this perplexing story.....
Apparently, the only way Israel will accept a Palestinian state is if it is permanently demilitarized.
So, Abbas proposes the placement of NATO troops in Palestine, in case Israel decides to attack.
Really, I am not kidding!

'PA seeks future NATO presence'

Report: Abbas to ask int'l troops keep future Palestine demilitarized.

The Palestinian Authority will also ask NATO and the US to commit to “defending the Palestinian state from Israel," were relations to break down and were Israel to threaten the future Palestinian state with invasion, the report said.

Coincidentally, (I am being facetious, of course) a release from NATO dated May 17/2010 contains an interesting statement
You can find that here on Page 28 of this pdf

NATO is strongly supportive of efforts to negotiate a just and lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians, but does not play an active diplomatic role. The Alliance has, however, expressed a willingness to assist in implementing an agreement should one be reached, provided that is requested by the parties and authorized by the UN Security Council.

I mean the timing, from NATO report to Abbas announcement? Two days.

Taking it further, asking NATO and the US to defend Palestine from an Israeli attack is ludicrous. The Palestinians need protection from Israel, to be sure, but not provided by NATO and the US.
This request on the part of Abbas, makes clear who he is beholden to, and big clue, it isn't to the Palestinian people.
Why, you ask? He just wants them protected. He is asking for protection.
While he may be asking for 'protection' what he is ensuring is the Palestinians will remain occupied.
What he is helping to do, is cover the face of the Israeli occupation, with the mask of 'international' protection.


  1. january 2009, Walter Russell Mead, the Henry A. Kissinger Senior Fellow for US Foreign Policy at the Council of Foreign Relations writes a paper called Change They Can Believe In: To Make Israel Safe, Give Palestinians Their Due.


    which is basically an elaborate proposal to internationalize the situation and have the international community pay the palestinians off for israel's crimes.

    i ripped it apart at the time.

    in contrast, this is the real deal:

  2. Thanks AP, I will check this all out.

    It was pretty obvious, IMHO, that this was about internationalizing the occupation.

    Unless one is wilfully blind, it is easy to see through this nonsense.

    (at least the vast majority of the time)