Senators Awed by PA Paramilitary

Senators McCain, Graham and Lieberman praised PA troops, suggested they might eventually man checkpoints in Judea and Samaria.

Yoni Kempinski, | updated: 19:08

Senators McCain Lieberman & Graham in Isr
Senators McCain Lieberman & Graham in Isr
US Embassy
 
After visiting Iraq and Afghanistan, U.S. Senators John McCain (R), Lindsey Graham (R), and Joe Lieberman (independent), toured the PA-controlled areas in Judea and Samaria and met with PA officials before coming to Jerusalem.
The visit to the PA armed forces' bases in Ramallah seemed to have made a big impression on the senators, who assured Israel that they are convinced that the forces would never pose a threat to it. Senator McCain even spoke positively about the possibility PA forces would one day man the security checkpoints in Judea and Samaria.
 
In the Oslo War, the first casualty was an Israeli officer who had immigrated to Israel with his family from Ethiopia and was shot pointblank by his PA  counterpart while the two were on a routine joint jeep patrol.  Frequent instances of Palestinian officers and soldiers being involved in anti Israel acts, whether personally or through the use of their weapons,  have occurred since the Oslo Accords.

Regarding Iran, the senators made it clear that all options, including a military one, are still on the table.



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