OpinionIsrael at War

A UN ‘peacekeeping’ Force for Gaza is a terrible idea

Outsourcing security to the United Nations is not a plan.

The IDF and UNIFIL coordinate activity on the Israeli-Lebanese border. Credit: IDF.
The IDF and UNIFIL coordinate activity on the Israeli-Lebanese border. Credit: IDF.
Daniel Greenfield
Daniel Greenfield is an Israeli-born journalist who writes for conservative publications.

The Biden administration is obsessed with post-war scenarios for Gaza.

There are roughly four:

1. Israel reclaims some measure of control over Gaza.

2. Hamas remains in power.

3. The Palestinian Authority, another terror group, takes control over Gaza.

4. A U.N. “peacekeeping force” secures the area.

The European Union and the Biden administration like 3 and 4. Having the PLO take over is a terrible idea. The PLO will demand some sort of concessions, likely state recognition, a lot more money and weapons, and will end up cutting some deal with Hamas.

But a U.N. force is almost as terrible an idea.

First, despite all the talk about the Saudis or the United Arab Emirates, neither are remotely likely to want the thankless job, and that’s even if Israel were foolish enough to allow foreign Muslim forces inside its borders. No Arab Middle Eastern nation is likely to go for it.

Second, Israel has learned a long time ago that turning over security to the United Nations combines sheer uselessness with enemy collaboration.

U.N. forces on the Gaza border and in a divided Jerusalem in the 1950s turned a blind eye to Islamic attacks, only to pop up to condemn Israel.

Before major regional conflicts, U.N. forces routinely departed at the behest of the invading Muslim armies. They still do. When Hezbollah wants to attack Israel, the U.N.’s blue-helmet brigades take to their heels.

A U.N. peacekeeping force would just act as shields for Hamas, denouncing Israel while doing nothing to stop the violence. We know that because it’s how U.N. peacekeeping forces have operated in the area since Israel’s rebirth. There’s a consistent pattern of useless cowardice and corrupt complicity.

Outsourcing security to the United Nations is not a plan.

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