The Palestinian rejection of the deployment of such troops can be explained in light of the failed multinational mission in the city of Hebron in May 1994, following the Cave of the Patriarchs massacre. Back then, the international forces deployed to Hebron failed to protect the citizens from Israeli attacks. Their work was limited to monitoring and documenting the Israeli aggressions and the conditions of the people in Hebron. The term of this mission is renewed every six months in coordination with participating countries.
Abdel Sattar Qassem, a professor of political science at An-Najah National University in Nablus, told Al-Monitor, “It is no use to deploy these forces in the Palestinian territories, as Palestinians are totally convinced that they would serve the Israeli agenda and work according to Israeli conditions, which is to monitor the military actions of the Palestinian factions against Israel.”
Qassem said Israel would not allow the presence of any international force inside the West Bank, where it seeks to tighten its security grip as a way to further expand settlements and confiscate Palestinian land. He added that Israel is, however, ready to have such troops deployed to the Gaza Strip as a means to deter the work of the Palestinian resistance.
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