Monocolumn: Israeli Police On A Mission To Haiti
Israel is entering a new era of UN engagement as 14 Israeli police officers serve in the nation’s first-ever UN peace-keeping mission currently taking place in Haiti.
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Few countries have a more conflicted relationship with the United Nations than Israel. On one hand, Israelis often perceive the UN as perennially biased against the Jewish state via myriad resolutions and admonishments. Yet Israel also depends on UN peace-keeping forces to help maintain security along its tension-prone northern and southern borders.
Now Israel is entering a new era of UN engagement as 14 Israeli police officers serve in the nation’s first-ever UN peace-keeping mission currently taking place in Haiti. Selected from conventional police departments across the country, the Israeli officers are helping restore and maintain order in the wake of Haiti’s massive January earthquake. As Monocle reported in March this year (issue 31), Israel’s disaster relief team emerged as the unexpected bright stars of the earthquake rescue operation. Buoyed by that effort’s goodwill, Israeli forces are back on the island for a three-month deployment – today wearing those iconic UN “blue hats” for the first time in the nation’s history (apart from a lone Israeli officer who served under the UN during the 2008 conflict between Russia and Georgia).