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Israel commends Filipino peacekeepers

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Israeli soldiers stand on top of a Merkava tank stationed in the Israeli annexed Golan Heights near the border with Syria on May 26, 2013. A former commander of UN peacekeeping troops in the Israeli occupied Golan Heights has warned that the entire force would be in jeopardy if Austria withdraws. Austria — which provides the largest number of troops to the UN Disengagement Force (UNDOF) on the Golan — has threatened to withdraw its troops over concerns for their safety if the EU lifts an embargo on supplying arms to the Syrian opposition. AFP FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Israel on Friday expressed gratitude to the Filipino peacekeepers “for their courage” and determination to keep peace in the volatile Golan Heights.

“The government of Israel, through its Embassy in Manila, sincerely thanks the brave men and women of the Philippine Army for their courage and adherence to the goals of peace and security,” the Israeli Embassy in Manila posted in its Facebook account.

The embassy tagged the Filipino soldiers as “world class.”

The 341 Filipino members of the United Nations Disengagement Force now comprise the biggest contingent in the Golan Heights after Austria began pulling out its 377 troops amid intense fighting between Syrian troops and rebels.

“The continued contribution and deployment of the Filipino contingency is an asset to international society as we highly respect the mandate of the United Nations Disengagement Force. The Filipino soldier is, indeed, world-class,” the embassy said.

Manila has been considering to bring the Filipino troops home soon, after some were briefly kidnapped by Syrian rebels in recent months.

On Tuesday, President Benigno Aquino urged the United Nations to provide more security to its depleted peacekeeping force so the Filipino contingent could stay.

Aquino said the peacekeepers’ situation had become more tenuous by the day, after one Filipino peacekeeper was wounded last week by wayward mortar fire amid a fight between Syrian troops and rebels.

Austria started to pull out its peacekeepers from the UN mission on Wednesday due to the worsening security situation in the region. Austria peacekeepers take up about one-third of the UN mission.

When Austria completes the pull out, there will be only 534 peacekeepers left, 341 of which are from the Philippines.

Only contingents from India and Philippines have remained after Canada, Japan and Croatia and Austria as the most recent, decided to quit the peacekeeping mission.

The peacekeepers are part of the UN Disengagement Observer Force. They monitor the buffer zone between Syria and Israel.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in a report to the UN Security Council on Wednesday, said that self defense capabilities of the UN peacekeeping mission in the area must be enhanced, and also proposed to increase the force strength of the UN mission to about 1,250 troops. With Agence France-Presse


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  • 1Fz20

    wish they convert that gratitude into real action by giving us/or big discount on spike missiles at least then go ahead and arm all our ships!

    • yew_tan

      You are begging again? What’s the matter? Flips can’t afford to buy them or freeload is better?

      • PunyeteroKa

        Chinkee member of 50c hacking unit, off with you before you get hacked to pieces again.

      • kanoy

        FIRST THEY NEED TO LEARN HOW TO VOTE

      • 1Fz20

        no, cant do that w/israeli, maybe usa

    • kanoy

      ALL YOUR SHIPS?????
      2 EX-USCGC
      1 FRIGATE
      A FEW PT BOATS
      NOT 1 OF THEM CAN BE ARMED WITH A SPIKE OR ANY OTHER KIND OF MISSILE

      • 1Fz20

        keep on guessing .what do you know?

      • jian20

        Ill go with kanoy and ask you the same question, what do you know about spike missiles? And what is your basis in arming those ships?

  • enteng

    Proud to be pinoy!

    • kanoy

      WHY?

      • jian20

        I like this reply kanoy…. To the other folks posting here. Please no more of that proud to be pinoy thingy. It just doesnt help our nation to be a great one. Just act on it.

  • Mark

    We should get the help of MOSSAD in neutralizing enemy of the Republic, like Joma Sison, et. al.

    • kanoy

      NO NO NO
      1 WE SHOULD GET THE HELP OF THE FILIPINO VOTER
      2 WE THEN CAN GET THE HELP OF THE PHILIPPINE GOVERNMENT

  • opinyonlangpo

    They have to commend, it saves them limbs and lives. After all the Israelis are the occupiers, its like the UN condoning illegal occupation of Arab lands.

    • kanoy

      show the history to sustain that claim—what is the latitude / longitude of Israel after the British mandate was to be broken up (1947) into 3 states Palestine Israel and the city of Jerusalem? the day Israel was recognized by the USA/USSR as a state it was invaded by the Arab nations which took much of the land most of which became the state of Jordon—later in the 1990′s the PLO/Israel DOP the Oslo accord was agreed and signed at the White House–part of that DOP said Israel would recognize Palestine as an independent state and Palestine would recognize the West Bank and Gaza strip as being part of Israel

      So school us–just when and how did>>the Israelis are the occupiers
      that would make Filipino occupiers

      • opinyonlangpo

        Its not the Filipinos, its the Israelis occupying and controlling the Golan heights.

      • kanoy

        I AM TALKING ABOUT ISRAELITES—NOT FILIPINO

        SINCE THE WEST BANK AND GAZA WAS PART OF THE OSLO ACCORD DOP THAT WAS REACHED BETWEEN ISRAEL AND THE PLO IN 1993–SIGNED IN 1999 I THINK—THEN WHY SHOULDN’T ISRAEL CONTROL IT? THEY RECOGNIZED PALESTINE AND IN RETURN PALESTINE RECOGNIZED THE WB/GAZA AS THEIRS
        TO SAY THEY CONTROL IT IS LIKE SAYING FILIPINO CONTROL THE PHILIPPINES
        OF COURSE THEY DO—-ITS THEIRS
        PS—AS FOR THE GOLAN HEIGHTS–ISRAEL SEIZED THAT IN THE 6 DAY WAR WITH SYRIA AND THANK GOD THEY USED USA WW 2 TACTICS AND NOT US VIETNAM TACTICS–WW 2 US TOOK A HILL-CITY-AREA THEY KEPT IT–US NAM TACTICS THEY TOOK IT-GAVE IT BACK-ONLY TO TAKE IT AGAIN–IN WAR HE WHO
        HOLDS THE HIGH GROUND
        HOLDS THE ADVANTAGE

      • opinyonlangpo

        Exactly. The Israelis can’t let the Golan go back to the Syrians, its the high ground. The Israelis keep buffer zones sourrounding its territories against its neighbours except Egypt.

  • mangtom

    batangpaslit: I love your fairy tale. Saan bunduk ka ba nakapirmi, Sierra Madre o Cordillera?

  • Patikotiko

    One way to say “dont pull out” our peacekeepers in Golan heights.

    • CharlieMurphy!

      Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. will be very useful for our country’s defense. Our country is currently mulling purchasing missile defense technology. Israel has been a leader in arms supply. They develop advance missiles such as the Spike. There’s a reason why our government has not/will not pull out our troops in Israel. Our troop’s bravery may become a reason to purchase defense missiles for a discounted price.

      Be proud and support our brave troops in Israel as they will be coming home as heroes one day.



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