Brig.-Gen. Nitzan Alon 311.
(photo credit: IDF spokesman)
Cutting off American aid to the Palestinian Authority will lead to instability
and insecurity for Israel and the Palestinian people, commander of the IDF’s
Judea and Samaria Division Brig.-Gen. Nitzan Alon told The New York
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In a rare interview published on Wednesday, Alon, a former
commander of the IDF’s elite General Staff Reconnaissance Unit known as Sayeret
Matkal, warned that a congressional initiative to cut hundreds of millions of
dollars in aid could affect Israeli security.
“Stability in the region
includes the ability of the Palestinian Authority to pay its salaries,”Alon
said. “Reducing the Palestinians’ ability to pay decreases security. American
aid is relevant to this issue.”
Alon’s warning reflects a consensus among
Israel’s top defense brass which is opposed to the plans to cut aid to the PA.
The IDF’s concern is that disgruntled Palestinian security personnel would stop
cracking down on terrorist elements in the West Bank – as they have been doing –
and could even turn their weapons against Israel.
It was not clear if
Alon’s comments were coordinated with the General Staff and the government,
which has been mum on the congressional initiative to cut off aid to the