It's a very dangerous possible development for the already terribly repressed, divided, and conquered Palestinian people. Already occupied by the Israelis, then by the Regime set up by the Israelis, then by the CIA...the next step is to fence them off, declare some kind of false/rump mini-State, and buttress that with a further occupation by European/NATO troops whose manadate will be to put down the resistance.
U.S. MULLS INTERNATIONAL FORCE FOR PA
WASHINGTON [MENL - 28 August 2003] -- The United States has been examining the prospect of
organizing an international force to stop the Israeli-Palestinian war.
Officials said both the Bush administration and Congress have quietly
discussed an effort to recruit at least one division of combat troops that
would patrol the West Bank and Gaza Strip and enforce a Palestinian
ceasefire with Israel. They said many in the administration and Congress
have concluded that a Palestinian state can not be established without an
international force that will impose a ceasefire in the region.
"We're not talking about another U.S. military deployment," an official
said. "Instead, we're discussing a NATO-type heavily-armed combat force that
would be based mostly on troop contributions from Europe. There has been
some discussions and positive feedback from some of our European friends."
Officials said congressional leaders, both Democrats and Republicans, have
supported the deployment of U.S. troops in the Palestinian areas as part of
an international force. They said NATO and the international community would
require at least a pool of 30,000 troops, aircraft and armored platforms to
form a credible deterrent against Palestinian insurgency groups that operate
in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. At any one time, about 10,000 troops would
patrol the West Bank and Gaza Strip in cooperation with Israel and the