To: Mr. Dov Schwartz, Spokesman for General Dayton

From: David Bedein, Center for Near East Policy Research and Israel Resource News Agency

Our agency is preparing a study of the current American military aid to the PA armed forces.

This study will be offered to American and Israeli media outlets.

Here are some questions that we would like to present to General Dayton. IF it would be possible to meet with him, that would be optimal.

1. One of the premises of the American military aid to the PA is that the PA would be using its military training to fight terrorist organizations, especially the Hamas. However, the PA is now speaking of a unity government with the terrorist group Hamas. PA president Mahmoud Abbas is in favor of this. How can the US train PA security troops, increasing their competency, when it is not clear at the end of the day who will be commanding them?

2. How can the US have confidence in, and work with, a PA leadership that plays both ends against the middle — claiming to work towards moderation and seeking a coalition with Hamas at one and the same time?

3. There is strong precedent for US-trained PA security troops utilizing their expertise against Israel. Dayton has now solidly linked the training he is doing with the formation of a Palestinian state. In a talk at the Washington Institute in May, he said: “With big expectations, come big risks. There is perhaps a two-year shelf life on being told that you’re creating a state, when you’re not.” The implication here is that violence directed at Israel may follow if there is no state within two years. Is Dayton not concerned about the dangers to Israel inherent in what he’s doing?

4. The PA state now being promoted by PA prime minister Fayyad is not moderate. There is no compromise included on any of the key issues – Fayad insists on Israel’s return to pre-’67 armistice lines, the return of refugees, the PA control of all of Jerusalem. Is General Dayton complacent about the possibilities of establishing a Palestinian state, despite these considerable stumbling blocks?

5. Is General Dayton cognizant of the dangers to Israel, if a state is not established, and willing to move ahead in spite of this?

6. There is considerable evidence — both from academics and Arabic-speaking journalists– for the influence of the hamula (clan) system in Palestinian society. This system, strongly entrenched within the society, demands that Palestinians give their first loyalty to the hamula, which means that troops in the security forces may have cousins who are linked to Hamas. In light of this, why is General Dayton confident he is training troops that will be loyal, first, to the Palestinian flag? Has General Dayton adequately considered this weakness in his plans?

7.What has been the role of Michael Eisenstadt on General Dayton’s staff?

8.Did Eisenstadt organize and facilitate the visit of the Washington Institute delegation in 2008 that led to its report in December 2008?

9. In August 2009, the PA, according to published reports, sent a letter to the White House that asked for General Dayton’s recall. What comment do you have in this regard?

10. PA Chairman Abbas ordered a reshuffle of the NSF leadership in September 2009, leaving only NSF chief Al Ali in command despite his passing mandatory retirement age. Did you play any role in Al Ali’s retention? A critic of the U.S. training program of NSF in Jordan was NSF training director Maj. Gen. Yunis Al Asi. Several weeks after Al Asi told Jane’s Defence Weekly that the Jordanian program was not suitable for NSF recruits, he was ordered dismissed by Abbas. Why was this and did you have a role in Al Asi’s dismissal?

11. PA officials, according to published reports, said a four-month training course in Jordan costs $11 million, while the same course in Jericho could cost as little as $700,000. Can you explain this?

12. In July 2009, PA security, including NSF, failed to stop the sabotage by Fatah of the U.S.-supported festival in Nablus. Have you investigated this failure and what were the findings?

13. Over the last year, according to published reports, several PA

commanders who have worked with you bought villas and luxury cars in the Nablus and Ramallah area? PA sources said the sudden wealth of the commanders came from bonuses paid by the United States. Can you please comment on this?

14. Does the U.S. or your office pay bonuses to PA commanders for missions?

15. On May 31, 2009, about 3,000 PA forces failed to dislodge five Hamas gunmen in a stand-off in Kalkilya. The stand-off, according to published reports ended soon after three vans with non-PA plates pulled up and about 25 unidentified security men directed a final and successful assault. Was your office involved in this mission and were the men, who gave commands in a non-Arabic language, from your staff?

16. Will the PA armed forces have authority to arrest and detain Israelis?

17. What will be the legal process for Israelis detained by the Palestinian armed forces?

18. Who will supervise the prison system? What human rights and civil liberties will the PA assure detainees?

19. Will the PA armed forces enforce environmental laws?

20. Will the PA armed forces establish shelters for battered women?

21 Will the PA armed forces prosecute child abuse?

22. How will the Will the PA armed forces deal with those who continue terror operations?

23. How will PA armed forces cope with those caught planning, supplying, or engaging in terror operations

24. Will the PA forces hand over such people to Israeli authorities?

25. How will weapons be controlled? By registration and licensing?

26. Will illegal weapons be confiscated and destroyed?

27. General Dayton has been quoted as telling a US Congressional Committee in 2007 that he compared himself to a Roman general. Does General Dayton confirm that? If so, what did he mean by that?


  1. cut and paste: The implication here is that violence directed at Israel may follow if there is no state within two years. Is Dayton not concerned about the dangers to Israel inherent in what he’s doing?
    Dear Mr Bedein. Please. of course he is aware, and it does not bother him in the least. Is Dayton supposed to be a Zionist? Are his interests supposed to dove-tail with Israeli interest? the clear israeli interest is that the Dayton force will challenge ths Hashemite Kingdom and facilitate the two state solution, the border being the Jordan River. Conversely the American interest as expressed by George Marshall and Walt and Mearesheimer is for the Dayton force to challenge Israel to extinction. Dayton being the representative of the latter interest expects his Pal-state to do what the PLO was unable to do, Israel’s fate being immaterial.


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David Bedein
David Bedein is an MSW community organizer and an investigative journalist.   In 1987, Bedein established the Israel Resource News Agency at Beit Agron to accompany foreign journalists in their coverage of Israel, to balance the media lobbies established by the PLO and their allies.   Mr. Bedein has reported for news outlets such as CNN Radio, Makor Rishon, Philadelphia Inquirer, Los Angeles Times, BBC and The Jerusalem Post, For four years, Mr. Bedein acted as the Middle East correspondent for The Philadelphia Bulletin, writing 1,062 articles until the newspaper ceased operation in 2010. Bedein has covered breaking Middle East negotiations in Oslo, Ottawa, Shepherdstown, The Wye Plantation, Annapolis, Geneva, Nicosia, Washington, D.C., London, Bonn, and Vienna. Bedein has overseen investigative studies of the Palestinian Authority, the Expulsion Process from Gush Katif and Samaria, The Peres Center for Peace, Peace Now, The International Center for Economic Cooperation of Yossi Beilin, the ISM, Adalah, and the New Israel Fund.   Since 2005, Bedein has also served as Director of the Center for Near East Policy Research.   A focus of the center's investigations is The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). In that context, Bedein authored Roadblock to Peace: How the UN Perpetuates the Arab-Israeli Conflict - UNRWA Policies Reconsidered, which caps Bedein's 28 years of investigations of UNRWA. The Center for Near East Policy Research has been instrumental in reaching elected officials, decision makers and journalists, commissioning studies, reports, news stories and films. In 2009, the center began decided to produce short movies, in addition to monographs, to film every aspect of UNRWA education in a clear and cogent fashion.   The center has so far produced seven short documentary pieces n UNRWA which have received international acclaim and recognition, showing how which UNRWA promotes anti-Semitism and incitement to violence in their education'   In sum, Bedein has pioneered The UNRWA Reform Initiative, a strategy which calls for donor nations to insist on reasonable reforms of UNRWA. Bedein and his team of experts provide timely briefings to members to legislative bodies world wide, bringing the results of his investigations to donor nations, while demanding reforms based on transparency, refugee resettlement and the demand that terrorists be removed from the UNRWA schools and UNRWA payroll.   Bedein's work can be found at: www.IsraelBehindTheNews.com and www.cfnepr.com. A new site,unrwa-monitor.com, will be launched very soon.