Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is considering allowing Jordanian troops to patrol in Judea and Samaria, the Jerusalem Post reported. Deploying the soldiers would represent another step in a continuing policy of abandoning Israeli influence and control in the area. The government recently has made several statements in favor of handing over most of the area to the Palestinian Authority (PA) and expelling tens of thousands of Jewish residents as part of a bi-lateral agreement with the PA.
Prime Minister Olmert has spoken with Jordanian King Abdullah II about the idea of allowing the Jordanian army to help fight terrorism, which until now has been kept under control by the IDF. Using Jordanian regular soldiers would effectively ditch the proposal by Likud chairman Binyamin (Bibi) Netanyahu that the government allow the deployment of the Badr Brigade, made up of soldiers in Jordan but from Judea and Samaria.
Prime Minister Olmert recently suggested an international force patrol in Judea and Samaria, but apparently meant the Jordanian army. One participant at a recent meeting quoted the Prime Minister, "Perhaps when we leave territories in the West Bank, an international force could be one to think about, perhaps an Arab army in the West Bank."