Tag Archive for Jordan Valley

Netanyahu to move on Israeli sovereignty for Jewish towns in West Bank

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.”

Benjamin Netanyahu with Donald Trump as the U.S.

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Netanyahu calls to annex parts of Judea & Samaria, to expel illegal migrants

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 »

Obsessed UN angered over deer photo included in Israeli Nature Exhibition


UN officials ask Israel’s delegation to remove the picture of two deers from THE NATURAL SIDE OF ISRAEL photo exhibition, because they claim it was taken in the Jordan Valley, which is outside the 1949 cease-fire line, not really ‘in Israel’.

By Gary Willig


UN officials contacted Israel’s Ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon, to ask him to remove a picture of two deer from an Israeli exhibition at the General Assembly headquarters in New York.

The exhibition, scheduled to be shown in two weeks, was set up by the Israeli delegation to the UN and the Israel Nature and Parks Authority, and is meant to show the beauty of Israel’s environment. Continue Reading »

ONE MORE TIME: Palestinians threatens to take Israel to the ICC


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.

Jordan Valley Map

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 »

UN chief says Jordan Valley land reclassification is impediment to 2-state solution


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 »

Saving the Jordan River Unites Israelis, Palestinians and Jordanians in Common Project

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.



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 »

Israelis protest against Jerusalem’s planned water pipeline to Jordan

Government says channel, costing approximately $15.8 million less than alternative plan, is slated to pass through land of 4 Jordan Valley kibbutzim, and won’t harm their farmland.


About 100 Jordan Valley residents held a demonstration on Tuesday to protest a planned pipeline that would convey water from Lake Kinneret to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, claiming that the pipeline will ruin large open areas through which it is slated to pass. Israel is obligated by its bilateral peace agreement to provide water from Lake Kinneret to its neighbor.

The southern Jordan River

The southern part of the Jordan River. – Photo: Yaron Kaminsky

Opponents to the plan want the water to be sent to the Jordanians via the existing Jordan River channel, from the Degania dam to the old Naharayim electric power station, and from there to Jordan.

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ICRC stopped supplying tents for homeless Palestinians in Jordan Valley



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 news screenshot

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 »

Considering the Legality of Israel’s Annexation of the Jordan Valley


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.

On the Legality of Annexing the Jordan Valley


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 »

View Habayit Hayehudi’s New video clip: The American Bluff

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.

By Ari Yashar


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 »

Unconfirmed Report: Defense Ministry Rejects White House Security Plan for Jordan Valley

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.

By Tova Dvorin


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 »

Knesset committee supports bill annexing Jordan Valley

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

Moran Azulay

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

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 submitting bill in Knesset to annex Jordan Valley


If legislature becomes law, Netanyahu would be unable to accept White House offer to place Jordan Valley, border crossing under Abbas’ Palestinian Authority control.



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 Knesset

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 President Formally Refuses to Recognize Israel as Jewish State

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 »

Jordan & U.S. Agree: Israel Needs to Control Jordan Valley

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.

US, Jordan Agree: Israel Should Control Jordan Valley

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 »