Friday, May 10, 2013


after another kidnapping of UNDOF peacekeepers patrolling the golan heights, the philippines is looking to pull out from the peacekeeping mission. croatia withdrew from the UNDOF earlier this year. if the philippines does withdraw, that would leave only three countries observing the israeli-syria border: austria, india, and japan. [update 5/11/13: japan had already announced a pullout last year. so that leaves only two participating countries -thanks rdc!]

as i said in the update to this post in march, i really question the long-term viability of the UNDOF mission. and i wonder what israel will do if it does end just when the border is more dangerous than it has been since 1973.