The establishment of a peacekeeping force is widely accepted to be an essential part of any future Israeli-Palestinian peace accord. The final status settlement proposed by the Clinton Administration specified "[s]security arrangements that would be built around an international presence." However, while the need for a peacekeeping force appears to enjoy broad support, it should be noted that the "Road Map" proposed by the European Union, Russia, the United Nations, and the United States (together "the Quartet") in 2003 does not suggest the inclusion of peacekeeping forces, although it does envisage a monitoring mechanism for its interim phases. The authors set out to examine, from an Israeli perspective, the feasibility of establishing a form of multinational peacekeeping force as part of a future Israeli-Palestinian peace accord. Part I of this Article assesses past successes and failures of peacekeeping missions in and around Israel. Part II discusses the reasons for the success and failure of those past peacekeeping missions. Part III identifies best and worst case scenarios when implementing peacekeeping missions. The Article concludes by suggesting that bilateral security cooperation with multinational oversight may be a better way of dealing with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict than peacekeeping missions.
Justus Reid Weiner, Avinoam Sharon, and Michelle Morrison,
Peacekeepers: Will They Advance Any Prospective Arab-Israeli Peace Agreement?,
34 Fordham Int'l L.J. 1
Available at: http://ir.lawnet.fordham.edu/ilj/vol34/iss1/1