PM Netanyahu said Israel will begin implementing its laws for all settlements in Judea & Samaria and the Jordan Valley in a cabinet vote on Sunday; Opposition leader, Benny Gantz, throws his support behind the U.S. plan.
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By Ynet, News Agencies
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday that he intends to bring a proposal for applying Israeli jurisdiction to the Jordan Valley, the northern Dead Sea and the West Bank settlements to a cabinet vote “presumably on Sunday.”
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Back-stepping on previous statements in an obvious move to attract right-wing voters, Blue and White Chairman Benny Gantz now echoes PM Netanyahu’s calls to annex the Jordan Valley.
By News Agencies , Israel Hayom Staff
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu renewed a vow to annex Israeli settlements in Judea and Samaria as the embattled leader kicked off a third election campaign in under a year on Tuesday.
Addressing Likud Party supporters at a campaign launch event in Jerusalem, Netanyahu promised to “impose Israeli sovereignty on the Jordan Valley and northern Dead Sea,” then pledged to annex all Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria “without exception.” Continue Reading »
Once again the PA Foreign Ministry condemns Israel from nationalizing the land in the Jordan Valley, calling on international support to sanction Israel.
By Dalit Halevi
The Palestinian Foreign Ministry has denounced Israel’s “extreme” decision to nationalize 2,343 dunams (2.343 square kilometers) of land in the Jordan Valley, saying that it is part of an effort to “spread out” in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria.
The statement claimed that the decision indicates Israel’s disregard for the international community’s condemnations and its efforts to prevent any possibility of creating a geographically-viable Palestinian state.
“The Israeli attempt to empty the Jordan Valley of Palestinians will not succeed. Continue Reading »
In a sharply worded statement UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s spokesman remarked on Tuesday that Israel’s reclassification was “an impediment to the 2-state solution.
The United Nations called on Israel to rescind its reclassification as state land of 2,342 dunams (578 acres) in the Jordan Valley near the Palestinian city of Jericho.
A view shows Jordan Valley near the West Bank city of Jericho – Photo: REUTERS
The property in Area C of the West Bank is located within the boundaries of the Megilot Regional Council and borders both sides of Route 1 as it heads down to the Dead Sea. Continue Reading »
Jordan hosts tri-national initiative with Israeli, Palestinian & Jordanian representatives to save the Jordan River & upgrade the Jordan River Valley on both sides of the river.
By TOVAH LAZAROFF
The polluted and trickling Jordan River might once again be “deep and wide” as well as clean by 2025, if the joint efforts of Israelis, Palestinians, and Jordanians bear fruit.
Swimming at the mouth of the Jordon River last week. – Photo: SARAH LEVIN
On the diplomatic stage, Palestinians and Israelis have not held direct peace talks since April 2014. But on Tuesday and Wednesday, activists and officials from both governments as well as from Jordan met at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on the Jordanian side of the Dead Sea for the second time this year about water. Continue Reading »
According to a Red Cross official, Israeli military & civil officials took down tents it provided to residents after Israeli court ordered IDF to demolish illegal structures.
By Elior Levy
The International Committee of the Red Cross has stopped providing tents for Palestinian residents in the Jordan Valley whose houses were demolished by the IDF after the Israeli military destroyed them too.
ICRC Tents Destroyed by IDF in makeshift camps on public land in the Jordan Valley – Photo: YouTube screenshot
The decision came after the IDF tore down the tents and also prevented the organization from taking tents into villages in the area, as part of a humanitarian aid supply. Continue Reading »
Debate in Jerusalem heats up over whether or not Israel has the legal right under int’l law to annex portions of the Promised Land.
By Israel Today Staff
With last week’s ministerial vote to being the process of annexing the Jordan Valley, Israeli media has been more vigorously than ever debating the Jewish state’s right to unilaterally lay claim to territory.
Israel’s only previous act of annexation of a previously sovereign territory involved the Golan Heights. That act, which Israel did not technically define as annexation, has been rejected by the international community, but has become a de facto reality on the ground. Continue Reading »
In response to unrealistic White House security proposals to guarantee Israel’s defense in the Jordan Valley, Habayit Hayehudi’s (Jewish Home’s) secular branch released a parody trailer.
US Secretary of State John Kerry, in Israel for his tenth visit since taking office, has been raising serious concerns with his security arrangement proposals that would include a full Israeli withdrawal from the Jordan Valley – as well as much of the rest of Judea and Samaria – over a period of 10 years.
Inbal Lieber, Jewish Home’s secular branch – The Secular Branch
While some Israeli officials, such as Interior Minister Gideon Sa’ar, are using logic to argue for the security necessity of having an Israeli presence in the region, others have turned to humor to point out the infeasibility of Kerry’s plans. Continue Reading »
Maariv daily reports that Israel’s Defense Ministry rejected proposed security plans offered by John Kerry for Jordan Valley, based on White House perception of Israel’s security needs.
The Defense Ministry has rejected the US’s security plan for the Jordan Valley, Maariv reports Wednesday.
According to the daily, Jerusalem has told US officials ahead of US Secretary of State John Kerry’s visit this week that the Jordan Valley security arrangement is unacceptable for Israel’s security needs. This report remains unconfirmed.
The US’s security plan involves a slow transition from IDF patrols over the region to Palestinian Authority (PA) forces, with an international presence, according to reports. Continue Reading »
8 ministers approve bill proposing Israel annex Jordan Valley, so that it remains within Israeli sovereignty, unable to be relinquished even if a peace accord is reached with Palestinians.
Several ministers appeal, saying they will block legislative process
The Ministerial Committee on Legislation approved Sunday a bill, proposed by MK Miri Regev, to annex the Jordan Valley, thereby ensuring that the region remains within Israeli sovereignty even if an agreement is reached with the Palestinians.
Minister Livni – Photo: Noam Moskowitz
The bill was supported by eight ministers from the Likud, Yisrael Beitenu, and Habayit Hayehudi.
Interior Minister Gideon Sa’ar said: “There is no divide between settlement and security. Continue Reading »
Likud ministers and lawmakers are trying to limit Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s freedom in peace talks, with MK Miri Regev submitting a bill on Thursday to annex the Jordan Valley.
Miri Regev at the Knesset Interior and Environmental Affairs Committees, April 17, 2013. – Photo Courtesy: The Knesset
If Regev’s bill becomes law, Netanyahu would be unable to accept the American offer to put the Jordan Valley and border crossings into Jordan under Palestinian control, with IDF soldiers posted at the border and the US providing additional security. Continue Reading »
PA source says Abbas formally refuses to recognize Israel as a Jewish state, and rejects Israeli security presence in ‘Palestine’ along Jordan border.
By AFP and Arutz Sheva Staff
A Palestinian Authority (PA) source on Friday told AFP that PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas formally rejected US proposals for Israel to keep troops in a future Palestinian state along the Jordan border. The source further formally stated Abbas’ position of refusing to recognize Israel as the Jewish state.
Abbas’ rejection of US Secretary of State John Kerry‘s proposals in Ramallah Thursday night came after similar remarks to a public radio station earlier in the night. Continue Reading »
Palestinians steaming after Kerry reported the US backs Israel’s demand to maintain full IDF presence in Jordan Valley.
By Ryan Jones
The Obama Administration and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan have both reportedly sided with Israel in its demand to retain control over the Jordan Valley in any future peace agreement with the Palestinians.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and IDF Chief of Staff Gen. Benny Gantz look out over the strategic Jordan Valley. – PHOTO Courtesy
In a new proposal to both Israel and the Palestinian Authority last week, US Secretary of State John Kerry is said to have suggested that the Jewish state be permitted to maintain a military presence in the strategic Jordan Valley. Continue Reading »