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Pentagon Defends Jordan Valley Pullout: No Worries When ISIS Invades Jordan

After the Iraqi debacle, Israel says the US misread the signals and only the IDF will defend the Jordan Valley.
ISIS closing in on Baghdad.

ISIS closing in on Baghdad.
Photo Credit: Google Map with J.E. Dyer, annotation.

Israel maintains that American military training did not help Iraqi forces fend off the Al Qaeda-linked ISIL takeover in the northern and central part of the country.

The take-away lesson: Israel cannot and will not hand over the defense of its nation to a third party in the Jordan Valley – not now, not ever.

The Pentagon is upset by that, because the United States wants to advance a plan formulated by U.S. General John Allen to replace the Israel Defense Forces in the Jordan Valley with an international force.

Allen, an expert on counter-terrorism with experience in Iraq and Afghanistan, contends that Israel faces completely different threats than those in Iraq.

The Pentagon and State Department both insist that Israel should trust American military officials to know what they are doing.

But Israeli officials said bluntly in a report published Monday night – speaking on condition of anonymity – that the Americans are misreading the signals and possibly the map, much as they did in Iraq.

And they don’t want to see a repetition of that disaster here on home ground.

More than 1,000 Iraqis, mostly civilians, have died in mass murders by radical Islamists in the last three weeks, the United Nations reports, calling the figure “very much a minimum.”

Terrorists from the Islamic State of Iraq in the Levant (ISIL) – or as it is called in Syria, the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shams or Syria (ISIS), seized nearly the entire northern section of Iraq. The group captured the largest city in the north – Mosul – and the hometown of former dictator Sadaam Hussein, Tikrit, among others.

ISIL is now threatening Iraq’s border with Turkey, and earlier this month kidnapped a Turkish Consul and 80 Turkish contractors and workers from an eastern city. Turkey immediately evacuated its staff from the Turkish Consulate in Basra, located in southern Iraq.

The group’s forces are also threatening Iraq’s eastern border with Iran.

In addition, ISIL has captured a wide area in Iraq’s central region and is rapidly advancing to the west, having already captured one border crossing into Jordan, in addition to two border crossings with Syria. The group’s forces are beginning to move south towards Baghdad.

The group’s goal is to create an Islamic state, a Caliphate, run entirely by Shari’a (Islamic) law.

At present, ISIL has managed to blur the border between Iraq and Syria – with members of the group on both sides of the boundary – and is presenting a real and present danger to Jordan.

It is this threat to another American ally that Israel is pointedly referring to in its discussions with the United States, which blithely assured the Iraqi government it would “help push back this aggression” even as it pulled its forces out of Iraq two and a half years ago. Despite the infusion of billions of U.S. dollars, Iraqi security forces were inadequately trained and completely unable to meet the challenge of fending off the ISIL guerrilla fighters.

About the Author: Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.


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40 Responses to “Pentagon Defends Jordan Valley Pullout: No Worries When ISIS Invades Jordan”

  1. Trust the US are lost you mine

  2. Migo Steirer says:

    I hope the government has learned by now NOT to trust US!

  3. Sissy Jordan says:

    Don’t trust them!!!

  4. Trust the U.S., heck no, never, that would be suicidal.

  5. Lisa Kamins says:

    Evidently the pentagon is filled with idiots, certainly any of those who are involved in decisions regarding Israel & the Middle East

  6. Patrick Obi says:

    Trusting the blind to lead you will end up disastrously! US is blind to truth.

  7. Ken Man says:

    Oh OH.. trust the US NOT WISE.. they have no clue what they’re doing rocking from one disaster to another

  8. Forget US. They should care about Mexico, Cuba and Canada, but not Middle East.

  9. After the way the leaders have treated Israel since that idiot has been in office i think its understandable not to trust them at this point.

  10. …for sure – “No Worries”… ;)

  11. It’s not American citizens who are being threatened!

  12. Trust the U.S. State Dept. And politically motivated Pentagon ? Aren’t we a wee bit old now to be b’lieven in leprechauns and stardust ?

  13. Do they think we are stuck on STUPID! Trust the USA, especially Obama for our security?

  14. Len Poling says:

    The US is no longer a dependable Ally. There are many in the US who love Israel but until they vote out Obama or have him impeached the US government can no longer be trusted for support or its friendship.

  15. Daniel Lang says:

    Trust Obama and Kerry??? Is this a new sitcom?

  16. With this president , no way ! By doing “nothing”, he advances his true aims ….

  17. Prayers for peace and safety for Israel. Lord shelter them. Confound the decision makers with your wisdom!!! Amen

  18. Adou Abel says:

    It is NOT POSSIBLE TODAY, NOT TOMORROW, NOR IN THE NEXT GENERATIONS…!!!

  19. It not the people of the USA not to be trusted its the now people in the White House we don’t trust them either

  20. An Obama administration plan like this one will leave Israel open to betrayal by U.S.. NO INTERNATIONAL FORCE IN JORDAN VALLEY! America no longer knows how to wage war under Obama. They have become a rice paper tiger. They cannot successfully fight terrorists because Obama doesn’t want them to do so. They want this for Israel to get them out of the Jordan Valley. News for Obama: The Israelis know your betrayal plan!

  21. No, no, no.
    USA can’t win any war.
    American army is a disaster.

  22. YEA YOU RIGHT AVRAHAM GOODMAMAN.
    YEA I KNOW WHAT YOU MEAN,YOU CAN NOT TRUST THE GOV OR THE MUSLIM PRESIDENT TERRORIST..ITS A SHAME OVER HERE SEENS HE GOT. IN THE OFFICE,,PEOPEL+FAMILYS ARE HOMLESS +GOING HUNGRY OUR VETS FROM ALL WARS DONT HAVE A HOME TO GO TO..
    IT BRINGS TEARS TO MY EYES WHEN I SEE HUNGRY VETS+HUNGRY + HOMLESS CHILDREN..
    THIS VET FOUGHT FOR THIS COUNTRY +OBAMA DONT CARE AT ALL..ME +MY HUSBAND ARE BOTH DISABLE FROM MY HUSBAND FROM VIETNAM+
    ME FROM ISRAEL MILLITARY.FOR 12 Years.. I CAN NOT ANDERSTAND WHY DO THEY DONT GIVE A **** IT MAKES ME MAD..THERE HAD TO PUT ME IN TO A MENTAL WARD FOR 1 MONTH II HAD A NERVIS BREAK TOWN ,,NOW I HAFE TO TAKE OVER 14 PILLS A DAY ,,I TRY TO FORGET THE PAST WHEN I SAFED AT LEASED 20 CHILDREN FROM A GRANADE THAT LANDED IN A GROWD OF CHILDREN+I PUT MY BODY OVER IT,,,IT JUST BLOW MY STOMACH OUT BUT IM STILL ALIVE..THEY TOOK ME TO WIESBADEN GERMANY ARMY HOSPITAL..IT TOOK A WHILE TO HEAL,, BUT IM OK NOW,,EXEPT FOR SCARSE,,,,,BUT THIS LOVING BABYS.THERE PARENTS DEID BUT I TOLD THE NUNNS TO PLACE THEM IN TO A AUNT OR ONKEL. ,,,THERE MUST BE SOME ONE THERE TO HELP THIS BABYS..
    MY HUSBAND HAS MANY WOONS TO THE VIETNAM PEOPEL SHOT HIM TWICE IN THE HELICOPTER HE HAD ALL OVER TO WALK AGAIN…BUT HE DID,,WE ARE OK,, GETTING PLENTY. OF DOCTERS TO LOOK OVER US,, I AM 54 years old nowMY HUSBAND IS 58 ..SO WE TRY TO MAKE IT FOR OUR 12 GRANDBABYS… BUT I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR STANDING WITH ISRAEL +GOD BLESS YOU SIR

  23. Terrorists are better fighters just look Afghanistan .
    Terrorists there won the war .
    They are there for 14?years and even with the best weapons the USA can’t win the Taliban .

  24. NO ISRAEL DO YOUR OWN THING OBAMA IS A TRATIOR.INSIDE PLANT TO HELP DESTROY AMERICA AND ISRAEL.

  25. TRUST IN GOD TO BE YOUR SHEILD DEFENCE ISRAEL.BETTER TO TRUST IN GOD THAN MAN.PSM KING DAVID.

  26. Israel should trust God who fights for them! He gives wisdom.

  27. Ira Abramson says:

    Trust the U.S. ? Joke!

  28. Peter Korman says:

    It’s not going to happen, especially in an environment that presents clear and present danger. The Jordan River and Valley is a natural and defensible border against larger scale invasion. With all due respect to my country, it is run by civilians who have little respect for our own borders or the safety of our citizens who live near them.

  29. Very funny. US hasn’t even officially recognized the kidnapping o the three Israeli students, one being a dual American and Israeli citizen. So what plans do they have for Israel? Big joke.

  30. Daniel Olgin says:

    Wow they have already inspired so much confidence!

  31. John Hanson says:

    The Jew’s are doing just fine when they rely only on themselves….they may be tiny but they are the strongest nation on earth !

  32. Ha! I think Israel can think for themselves without Kerry’s advice or Obama’s.

  33. Haley Chace says:

    Don’t trust this country until Obama ,Dempsey,Kerry WTC are History Israel…. To do otherwise would be tantamount to self-destruction .

  34. Bravo, Israel. Correct, as always. Under Barak Obama and, G-d forbid, Hillary clinton, America is no lingers Israel’s ally .

  35. Jeff Wilson says:

    never trust barry sotero Israel, if isis lobs one rocket, attack elimate all of them , dont stop when odumbo says its too much, dont stop till all of isis is dead….

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