US gives chilly response to Arab call for UN peacekeepers in Gaza

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US bureau chief

The US indicates that it doesn’t support the Arab League’s call from earlier today to deploy a UN peacekeeping force in Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem to protect Palestinians until a two-state solution is actualized.

State Department deputy spokesperson Vedant Patel says the US doesn’t have a formal position on the idea before making a caveat.

“Candidly, the addition of security forces could potentially put [Israel’s current] mission [against Hamas] into compromise,” he says.

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