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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Smart Jews: Israeli bureaucracy slows down weapons shipment to Dayton forces

A report presented to the US House Committee on Foreign Affairs claims that Israel has delayed the transfer of weapons to the 'Palestinian security forces' trained by US General Keith Dayton.
"State [Department] officials stated that the government of Israel prefers not to establish objectives or measures that might limit its flexibility to conduct security operations within the West Bank," the report says.

Despite Israel's demand that the Palestinians act against terrorist groups, Israel has rebuffed American efforts to train Palestinian forces in combating terror, the Government Accountability Office found. The report states that the Americans wanted to set up Palestinian counterterrorist units, a step opposed by the Israeli government.

The document also states that Israel is delaying the transfer of light weapons and ammunition to Palestinian security forces. For instance, a shipment of 1,000 AK-47s was approved by the Israeli government, but detained in customs.

PA officials quoted in the report say the shortage of up-to-date weaponry hampers international efforts to improve the functioning of Palestinian security forces. However, an Israeli Defense Ministry official disputed this, saying the PA forces "had sufficient weapons."

American officials told the accountability office that Israel was delaying the transfer of nonlethal equipment as well, and insists on deciding on a case-by-case basis whether equipment can be transferred to the PA. For instance, Israel approved the shipment of raincoats to the Palestinians, but would not "guarantee the approval of future shipments of raincoats of comparable types and quantities," according to the report.
Maybe this is why Israel is not exactly eager to allow the 'Palestinians' to obtain more weapons.

Besides, Haaretz notes:
American military consultants are cited as saying there has been an improvement in the security situation in the West Bank, but that it is probably not directly linked to their work.
So why bother giving them weapons?


At 3:38 AM, Blogger Juniper in the Desert said...

Is that a picture of Us General Keith Dayton, I thought it was Albert Speer. It must be something to do with those dark shadows...

At 3:54 AM, Blogger 935684 said...

The plight of these Arabs is making my heart bleed Drip, drip, drip.

For the first time, I'm cheering the bureaucrats on.

At 2:48 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Why should Israel take it upon itself to build up a Palestinian army whose weapons might be turned against it someday? Keith Dayton will be gone in months to a few years but Israelis have to live with the consequences of others' meddling in a situation they don't understand for decades to come.


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