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In the Crossfire

Daschle jumps into the 'Crossfire'

(CNN) -- On Monday, April 1, Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle was in the "Crossfire" with host James Carville, who questioned the senator about the possibility of sending U.S. peacekeeping troops to patrol along any established Israeli and Palestinian border.

CARVILLE: Senator, in Sunday's New York Times, the influential and knowledgeable columnist, Tom Friedman, whom we both know and I think would say both of us have a lot of respect for, said that U.S. and NATO troops must guarantee any Israeli-Palestinian border, assuming one is agreed to. As majority leader, could you support the use of U.S. troops in the Middle East to guarantee an Israeli-Palestinian border?

DASCHLE: Well, James, at some point that may be necessary. I wouldn't support it right now. I don't think either side want us there, frankly. And until they do, I think it would be premature for us to go in and try to establish something.

What we've got to do now is what I said just a moment ago, we've got to assert ourselves. We've got to be talking to both sides. We've got to make sure that the leadership that we've got, that we can demonstrate and only we can demonstrate, can be a part of this process.

CARVILLE: But if we were successful in getting the peace agreement, you would support the use of U.S. troops on that border?

DASCHLE: Well, if we can assume that both sides would have us, I thing that that has to be part of the formula. They have to want us there.




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