Speaking in Lisbon during NATO’s summit, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen announced that the alliance is prepared to consider sending a peacekeeping force to enforce an agreement between Israelis and Palestinians. According to Florence Gaub, a scholar at the NATO Defense College in Rome, a NATO force in Palestine would “need forces ranging from 43,700 to 76,000 men.” But aside from her assessment that “NATO’s mission in Palestine would have slim chances of success and a high probability of failure,” what are the chances that NATO countries, that found it hard to contribute an additional few thousand men to Afghanistan, would give 76,000 for Palestine?

(Emanuele Ottolenghi – Commentary)

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