Sunday, December 29, 2013
Knesset Member Proposes Bill That Would ‘Annex the Jordan Valley Forever’
by Gidon ben Zvi
In response to the continuation of negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, despite the recent escalation of terrorist activities in Judea and Samaria, Knesset Member Moti Yogev (Jewish Home) has presented a bill for Israel to annex the Jordan Valley, Israeli daily Ma’ariv reported on Friday.
Yogev’s bill has the support of MKs from right-wing parties, partners in Israel’s governing coalition, and even members of the left-leaning opposition.
An excerpt from the bill reads as follows: “Over the course of years, a consensus has built around the Jordan Valley with respect to its importance to Israel,” Ma’ariv reports. In an apparent appeal to Israel’s political opposition, the bill asserts that the first, “…valley communities were established by the labor movement… any future political settlement must include the Jordan Valley remaining under Israeli sovereignty.”
According to MK Yogev, “Israel should decide to exercise dominion over this vast region, whose Palestinian [Arab] population is sparse, and openly state that the Jordan Valley will remain under Israeli sovereignty forever.”
Gidon ben Zvi
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