It's come to this: Israel to give 50 armored personnel carriers to 'Palestinians' as 'gesture' to Putin?
Moscow donated the used vehicles several years ago to augment the Palestine Security Forces’ ability to maintain order in the West Bank, but they have been languishing on the Jordanian side of the border since 2010 pending Israeli technology transfer approval.What a load of crap. What do you think the Russian reaction would be if we destroyed 'their' APC'S?
In interviews here, military sources emphasized that their recommendation was based purely on an apolitical, professional situational assessment of the West Bank theater, and that the ultimate decision would come from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
According to the sources, release of the vehicles would not constitute an operative threat to Israeli forces in the area since they could be easily targeted for destruction if security cooperation between Israel and the PA unravels.
On the contrary, military sources said the gesture could actually have a stabilizing effect by bolstering the eroding standing of PA President Mahmoud Abbas and diffusing popular resentment at dead-end peace talks, expanding Israeli settlements and an uptick in Jewish terror attacks against Palestinians.Jewish terror attacks? How many 'Palestinians' have been killed in them? (Answer: NONE because there haven't been any).
“From a purely operational perspective, some type of initiative or grand gesture is needed to counter the sources of instability percolating in the Palestinian streets,” a veteran defense adviser on Arab affairs told Defense News. “Releasing these antiquated, high-signature vehicles — which we would strike from the air at any given moment — is preferable to allowing more Kalashnikovs to go in,” he added.
Aaron Lerner adds:
Apolitical? Are these the same "apolitical" officers in the IDF who for years "based purely on an apolitical, professional situational assessment" suggested that we hand over the Golan to Assad in exchange for a piece of paper, some gizmos and the assumption that the situation would never ever change?What could go wrong?
Apolitical? Are these the same "apolitical" officers in the IDF who for years "based purely on an apolitical, professional situational assessment" suggested that we could retreat from the Gaza Strip - including the Philadelphi Corridor and rely on Egypt to pick up the security slack?
Apolitical? Are these the same "apolitical" officers in the IDF who for years "based purely on an apolitical, professional situational assessment" absolutely refuse to entertain the possibility that our Palestinian "peace partners" are telling the truth when they warn that all bets are off if they don't get what they want?