1. UN Peacekeepers are useless in the case of actual fighting
2. The UN may hate Israel, but it’s the one place where its helmeted boys in blue can feel safe.
Eight U.N. peacekeepers stationed on the Golan Heights crossed into Israel late Thursday night with the help of Israeli troops, seeking to escape the ongoing exchange of fire between Syrian regime forces and rebels near the Syrian village of Jamlah.
The Israel Defense Forces Spokesperson’s Unit confirmed on Friday that the eight peacekeepers crossed into Israel, reportedly after receiving permission by their commanders to abandon their posts. The peacekeepers were met at the border gate by soldiers from the Golani infantry brigade, and after a short check were allowed to enter the country.
On Wednesday, 21 Filipino peacekeepers were abducted just a mile from the Israeli border in an area where the U.N. force has patrolled a cease-fire line without incident for nearly four decades. A rebel group known as the Martyrs of the Yarmouk Brigades assumed responsibility for the kidnapping. As of Friday afternoon (Israel time) all 21 were still being held hostage.
It’s not clear which country the peacekeepers belonged to, but it’s rather clear that when the United Nations can’t even protect its own peacekeepers, it certainly can’t keep the peace.
And the United Nations might want to take a good look at a map of the region post-Islamization and considering how many countries its personnel can feel safe in.